Bruce Francis Cole is a bicoastal cinematographer who has worked worldwide. Early in his childhood, he was an exceptional student in the form of visual art. Raised in the inner city, his art carried him to places beyond his immediate surroundings. After traveling around America, working for non-profit social justice programs, and being inspired by the late Haskell Wexler, he decided to explore film as an art form. Eventually, after studying cinematography at both UNCSA (David Gordon Green, Jeff Nichols)
and The American Film Institute, he worked his way up from electrician to gaffer and eventually DP. Bruce was named an ASC Rising Star in 2021 and works in both Features, Television and Music Videos. His work on the music video for Grammy winning Best Rap Performance - Family Ties by Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar garnered him a nomination for MTV VMA best cinematography in 2022. He also set the look for the TV series QUEER AS FOLK for Peacock and shot the feature film FAREWELL AMOR, directed by Ekwa Msangi, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Bruce’s most recent project is the Searchlight feature SUNCOAST, a personal story of the writer/director Laura Chinn. It’s set in the early 2000s, based on Laura’s teenage self having to go with her mother, played by Laura Linney, to admit her brother into a facility and ends up bonding with an eccentric activist, played by Woody Harrelson.