Nathaniel Hansen


Public bio

Nathaniel Hansen (MFA) is an award-winning filmmaker whose directed film works include nationally broadcast commercials, internationally screened short and feature length documentaries, short narrative films, episodic television, web based media, and ethnographic film. His strong visual style has attracted Fortune 500 clients like Johnson & Johnson, Covidien and Estee Lauder as well as small non-profit organizations, and his ethnographic footage has been retained by the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. A recent commissioned short film, about Boston’s Chinatown, was screened at the White House in May 2010. His latest documentary film project, The Elders, has received praise both online and off for its matched aesthetic quality and provocative content. A feature-length documentary, The Elders uses stylized interview portraits of elderly individuals to tell a universal story about life's most important lessons. Thematically organized around life lessons that reflect a wide range of human emotion and experience, the film seeks to reveal a larger more complex portrait of our shared humanity. Nathaniel's recent work has been supported entirely through social media and crowdfunding, where a lot of people donate a little money. In the last two years, his innovative film fundraising efforts (via kickstarter) have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for films in which he is directing, producing, or consulting. Nathaniel is the owner of a boutique production company and teaches The Business of Modern Media at Emerson College in Boston.