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Cinematographer | Director | Drone Pilot

Derek Hallquist has over 20 years of experience collaborating to create captivating images for audiences around the world.

At 14 years old, he discovered the power of media when his footage of a teachers strike aired as Vermont top news and assisted the teachers union getting their demands.
While attending Lamoille Union High School, he shot his first short documentary about a youth group organization in Oaxaca, Mexico. His work in high school earned him a VSAC scholarship to attend Emerson College.  In 2005, He received his BA in Filmmaking and started a career in Los Angeles shooting TV shows for Discovery networks and more. 
Years later, he moved back east to work as Director of Photography on “The House I Live In”, which won the 2012 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. He also worked as a Cinematographer on many Documentaries, TV shows and more.

His work has won many awards, including Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award.  In 2011, he directed and photographed the short documentary, “The Opiate Effect” which former Attorney General Eric Holder used for outreach and it is part of the Library of Congress.
He went on to direct and photograph, “Denial”, which premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival, won several awards and was named one of the best Transgender films of all time.
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