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Magdalena Gorka, Cinematographer

Magdalena's a rising star in the world of cinematography, known for her technical skill, passion & all-round girl-boss'ness. She's also an incredible cook & one of the most generous people you'll ever meet.

When do you feel most powerful?

When I'm wrapping a movie and I feel that I’ve accomplished the goal I made before filming. When people with whom I just created a story on screen are happy with the effect and meaningful connections were made. When I see people being touched by the story we told on screen or being inspired to change their lives for better because of our movie.

When I am coming back home after being away for a long time and I have my husband and dog waiting for me at the airport. Frankie JoJo is jumping like a power bunny and my husband is looking at me like the first time he saw me. 

When do you feel most vulnerable?

When I don’t sleep. After a long flight.

How do you reconnect with yourself?

I sit in my yard and read magazines. I go on long walks and appreciate the beauty of the place we live in. I cook really elaborate dishes - I love trying new recipes or making Polish dishes that remind me of where I come from. 

What's your favorite sense & why?

Taste. I love to cook and by tasting something that I knew when I was a child I transport myself to ‘no worries' land. This brings me back to places I grew up & brings all the good memories. Blackberries and dumplings will always remind me of summer at the country of a thousand lakes - swimming in clear cold water, sailing and building tents.