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Tim Metzger is an Academy Award nominee and three-time Emmy-nominated cinematographer.

Over the past 15 years Tim has filmed and led crews in more than 25 countries and his work has appeared on every major network and streamer. Having come up through the lighting departments of the NY indie feature scene, Tim combines a deep mastery of light, with his dedication to the craft of cinema verite, driven to tell authentic human stories that promote understanding across divides.

As director of photography, Tim has served multiple Emmy-nominated series and features, from The Story of God with Morgan Freeman - Nat Geo’s highest rated series of all time - to Discovery's 6-part series RISING: Rebuilding Ground Zero for EP Steven Spielberg. His latest work includes the NBC/Universal feature doc To End All War: Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb.


In 2008, Tim met director Jennifer Redfearn, and their first film was the Oscar-nominated documentary Sun Come Up, the story of some of the world’s first climate refugees. Sun Come Up aired on HBO, screened theatrically in 30 US cities, and national press hailed the film as "engrossing," "beautifully cinematic" and "intensely human."

Together they formed Red Antelope Films and their latest feature documentary is the Emmy-nominated PBS/Independent Lens film, APART - the story of three incarcerated mothers coming home to their children after years of separation.

Tim’s work also includes award-winning films Li Tong, a narrative feature set in Beijing, and Leh Wi Tok, a documentary following independent radio journalists in post-war Sierra Leone. Other career highlights include riding in helicopters with Bill Nye, befriending giant tortoises in the Galápagos, and crossing the Siberian Arctic aboard a Russian nuclear icebreaker. Tim has led cinematography workshops in The Gambia and co-taught NYU's semester-long immersive doc production course in Havana, Cuba for three years.


Commercial / branded work includes projects for Pixar, Intel, TED, San Pellegrino, Puma, Warner Bros, Delta Airlines and Sonoma County Tourism.