Nathaniel James Hansen is an award-winning filmmaker and media artist. His directed works include nationally broadcast commercials, short and feature-length documentaries, short narrative films, episodic television, web-based media, and ethnographic film. His extensive background in theater, cultural studies and anthropology informs his creative work, often pushing him to take on and examine difficult socio-cultural, ethical and moral issues. His first documentary, Into a Heart of Darkness, was awarded the prestigious Cecil and Helen Rose Ethics in Communication award.
His visual style has attracted commercial clients like Johnson & Johnson, Covidien, and the Estée Lauder family of companies, as well as global non-profit organizations such as the UN, bottletop.org, sowersofhope.org and Wayuu.org. His 2010 documentary short “Profiles” series received praise online and at festivals in New York City, South Korea, and Barcelona, and his current documentary feature film The Elders (2012) is scheduled for festival release in 2012/2013. A recent commissioned short film, about Boston’s Chinatown, was screened at the White House in May 2010 and Nathaniel’s ethnographic film from New Caledonia in the Pacific Islands has been retained by the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.
In 2011 he was Director, DP, and Editor for a documentary film series for Row6.com, co-sponsored by the UN, Qualcomm, and the Joseph Campbell Foundation. He profiled 36 people from all over the world in a 7-week production that took him to dozens of cities in five countries on four continents. Six of the 36 short films screened at the prestigious Phillips de Pury art gallery in NYC.
Nathaniel earned a MFA and MA in Media Art from Emerson College, a BA in Cultural Studies and an AA in Theater both from BYU-Hawaii. Nathaniel currently serves as a producer and post-production supervisor on the user generated content and interactive documentary project Hollow, and is the director of the interactive documentary Kupuna. Nathaniel is is the author of “The Kickstarter Revolution: A Guide to Successful Crowdfunding.” He is an adjunct professor of media art at Emerson College. Nathaniel resides in Boston with his wife Felicity Salmon and their two children.