Dana M. Kupper as been an active member of the independent film making community in Chicago for over 25 years. She began her career at Columbia College where she majored in cinematography and photographed the regional Academy Award winning “Peas with Mom”. Shooting documentaries is her true passion. Dana has shot many Kartemquin projects over the years, starting with 5 Girls, and traveling to Mexico and Nigeria for the documentary series The New Americans. Dana was one of the Directors of Photography on Stevie, which won the Documentary Cinematography Award at The 2003 Sundance Film Festival. She has also traveled to Kenya for On Beauty, and recently shot for the The Trials of Muhammad Ali and In the Game, all Kartemquin projects.
When not helping people tell their stories, Dana is the proud mother of a 9 year daughter, and also teaches a digital cinematography class at Columbia College.