Award-winning Documentary Film, Spearhunter, Free to Watch Online

In Spring of 2014, along with filmmakers Adam Roffman and Luke Poling, I was able to film and edit a short documentary about "the world's greatest living spearhunter," Col. Gene Morris. The short doc premiered at SXSW a year later in March 2015, and went on to play in nearly 40 festivals around the world, including Hot Docs, IFFB, Camden, and Newburyport, among others. In December 2015 it was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and also ran as a selected feature film by The Atlantic. You can read more about the film here.

Who is Nathaniel Hansen?

Over the last several years, my independent film projects (one feature and 12 shorts), have focused on the seemingly mundane and everyday lives of individuals all over the globe: rich, poor, young and old. By focusing a lens on the everyday experiences of these individuals, my films provide viewers an intimate look at what it means to really live, and hopefully allows space for the viewer to reflect on experiences that shape who they are and how they think.

As a media artist, my work is self reflexive in that I call attention to the fact that what is being viewed is a subjective construction, not simply an objective observation. Others have called my work existential, in that the subject matter often addresses conditions of existence and a person’s emotions, actions, responsibilities, and thoughts related to that existence. In addition, my work focuses on meaning people create in life through failure, success, and challenges along the way. My subjects are passionate and sincere, and I strive to call attention and give voice to memories and experiences from their seemingly normal lives.

As a commercial producer, director, and editor, I bring years and literally thousands of hours of documentary interview and story producing experiences into the art direction process. This has proved invaluable for clients seeking to re-align their corporate ideals with the desires of their (prospective) customers. On my independent projects, it allows the stories to rise above the framework I've sent them in.

Regardless of title or role, my ultimate objective is to help tell really, really good stories.

Read more at my about page