The Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival is proud to announce that Pernell Tyus is joining this year’s festival selection committee.
Bainbridge Islander and Hollywood veteran, Pernell Tyus has a long and experienced career in film & television as a cinematographer
Born in Alabama and raised in Michigan, Pernell and his wife Beatrice journeyed to New York City where he worked as a still photographer. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1973, Pernell began a career in film and television spanning over 30 years. Starting as a camera assistant and operator, he ultimately worked as a lead cinematographer.
“The film industry is extremely diverse,” said Pernell. “You never know what the next opportunity will bring, or what incredible artist will be on the other side of your lens."
Pernell's wide-ranging work includes the films Star Trek "Generations" with Patrick Stewart, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling with Richard Pryor, and Internal Affairs with Richard Gere.
In 1986 he worked in the Pacific Northwest on Starman, the T.V. series, and later on a personal favorite, Overboard with Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, and Bainbridge Island resident Frank Buxton. Pernell and Beatrice moved to Bainbridge in 2005, choosing to slow down, and give back to a community that supports the arts.
Celluloid is proud to have Pernell’s help in choosing this year’s selection of films which will be announced in October.