Notorious for his experimental approaches to storytelling, filmmaker, photographer and visual artist Braden King pushes film to its limits. His works attempt to discover ways to move past where film currently takes viewers on a tonal, emotional and narrative level by combining traditional methods and blurring the idea of classification. King’s award-winning film ‘Here’ (2011) is iconic for this exploration of landscape, time, place and orientation. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and was nominated by Lol Crowley for best cinematography at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. Later on, a live installation version of the film titled ‘HERE [THE STORY SLEEPS]’ premiered at MoMa in 2010 and currently continues its international tour.
King was born 1971 in North Carolina where he graduated with a BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California (1993). Now in New York, his films have won numerous awards and fellowships including the 2010 Cinereach at the Sundance Institute Fellowship, 2008 Cannes Film Festival Atelier, Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award and lastly the 2007 Sundance Writers and Directors Lab Fellowship with grants from The Creative Capital, Rockefeller Foundation, Anneberg Foundation and Sloan Foundation. Previous video works include ‘The Evening Hour’ (2020), ‘National Disintegration’s’ (2017) and ‘Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks its Back’ (1998 co-director).