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David LeitnerCongratulations to David Leitner, SMPTE Fellow!
David Leitner, Director, Producer, and Cinematographer at Leitner Studio

On behalf of myself, Secretary/Treasurer John Cerquone, and the entire SMPTE-NY Board of Managers, I wish to offer sincere congratulations to David Leitner on his elevation to Fellow of the Society.  David has been an active participant in the New York Section for his entire career and has made substantial contributions to the standards, technology, and activities of our section and the greater Society.  We are proud to have David as a member and colleague and salute this special recognition by the Society.

Jeff Cohen,
Chair, New York Section

David Leitner is an active director, producer, writer, speaker, industry consultant, and Emmy®-nominated director of photography (Chuck Close: “Portrait in Progress”) with 80+ credits in feature-length dramas and documentaries, including eight Sundance Film Festival premieres. Leitner co-produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary “For All Mankind,” for which he spent nine months at NASA’s Johnson Space Center restoring 16mm lunar footage. He also has photographed hour-long documentaries on iconic writers, artists, and architects for New York’s Checkerboard Film Foundation. In his role as director of new technology at DuArt Film & Video in New York, he innovated optical printing, camera lens testing, and film-to-tape transfer and played a key role in introducing Super 16 to the U.S. Leitner also served as senior contributing editor at “Millimeter” magazine and remains an ongoing contributor to the textbook classic, “The Filmmaker’s Handbook.” He has served on the board of managers of the SMPTE New York Section.


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