William Sabourin O’Reilly


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After graduating from the University of Havana College of Engineering, William found his way to the United States in 1999. Later that same year he picked up a camera for the first time, looked through the lens and found his calling. Ever since, he has been driven by passion, creativity, hard work, devotion and discipline to the craft of light. This has opened new vistas in the ways he breathes in the world and subsequently, the way the world responds to his rhythm in kind. William’s first job was as a live feed cameraman at the horse races in New Orleans where he mastered the nuances of the fast moving image. He continued his lessons in the language of light and image as a student at the University of New Orleans College of Fine Arts.

During Katrina, William produced, directed, and edited a short film titled, “Old Orleans: The Clash between a Storm and a City”. The short film received national acclaim within film industry circles. Some of his footage from the storm and aftermath was soon thereafter picked up and aired nationally and internationally in documentaries on The History Channel, Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” and a two-hour special on the National Geographic Channel. William has worked as a Cinematographer and Director of Photography on projects for national and cable channel networks, including PBS and HBO. In 2007, he worked as Director of Photography for “After The Storm,” a film by Hilla Medallia. When the shoot was over William moved to France where he’d been awarded a fellowship by the city of Paris to study at te Cité International des Art. In 2011 William won first prize at the New Orleans Film Festival for short documentaries –

With “Uprising: Drums, Voice of Resistance”, William is realizing an old dream; to make a feature film in his native country, Cuba. The documentary is in the early stages of post-production.

William can be reached at: or 504.301.7669