INVISIBLE SEAMS (Producer, Camera)
Documentary Short | Runtime 17’ | 2022

Featured in the New York Times here 
Womens Wear Daily & CFDA


Invisible Seams shares the stories of eight different Asian seamstresses and pattern-makers in New York, bringing to the fore the experiences of these frontline workers of the fashion industry, whose voices are too often overlooked. These women have weathered the pandemic, the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, trials of immigration, and the never-ending demands of fashion cycles. Invisible Seams is a celebration of their talent and expertise, an acknowledgment that their devotion to their craft is also a means of survival.


Director: Jia Li
Executive Producer: Jodie Chan
Producers: Jia Li, Nathaniel J. Brown 
Director of Photography: Jia Li
Camera: Jia Li, Nathaniel J. Brown, Yiwei Chen
Sound & Additional Music: Carver Audain
Editor: Yiwei Chen
Sound Mix: Kristofer Ríos
Color: Jia Li
Titles: John Butler
Translation: Yiwei Chen, Eunil Ko
Special Thanks: Hai-li Kong, Joshua Frank
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INTO BELIEF (Producer)
Documentary | Runtime 29’ | 2022

INTO BELIEF is a forthcoming feature documentary on religious pluralism in South Siberia -- a vast region where shamanism Orthodox Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism coexist in a singular fashion. Through conversations with local spiritual figures and laypeople about their perspectives on spirituality and their relationship, INTO BELIEF seeks to understand how spirituality has evolved within this beautiful but harsh natural environment. Touching on notions of love, transformation and how best to live a good life, INTO BELIEF is a tribute to the humbling warmth, wisdom and kindness of modern Siberia told through local rituals and perspectives.


Director: Dj Furth
Cinematography: Gianpaolo Lupori
Field Producer: Nathaniel J. Brown
Art Director: Sakura Fischer
Producers: Maxim Savchenko & Isaichenko Anastasia
Edit & Sound Design: Dj Furth

CITY OF HANDS (Director/DP/Producer) 
Documentary Short | Runtime 21’ | 2016

Slowly forgotten after being home to the emperor’s imperial kilns for a thousand years, Jingdezhen is now filling with young artists. An oasis for creatives in China’s urban east, people from all over the country come to Jingdezhen to follow porcelain dreams. CITY OF HANDS is a look into the lives of four young residents of Jingdezhen.

Winner of Best Documentary Short Film at North Bay Art & Film Festival, with Screenings at Cleveland International Film Festival (2016), Festival de Cannes Court Métrage (2016), the Embassy of the United States in China (2017), and Wing on Wo & Co, NYC (2016), CITY OF HANDS is a profile of the lives and dreams of young artists in Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capital. 

Trailer

Director & DP & Producer : Nathaniel J. Brown

Editor: AJ Sinker
Writing: Nathaniel J. Brown & Aj Sinker

Music: Kyle Kaplan

 




Mahålang  (Co-Director & DP)
Documentary Short | Runtime 16’ | 2021

Choreographer Caili Quan pays tribute to the family and culture on Guam that sparked her love of music and inspired her dream of dancing. Weaving a narrative of how collective memory and storytelling preserve where we come from, this film is an ode to a home and the longing to return.

Commissioned by Ballet X for Ballet X Beyond
In the New York Times


Choreography: Caili Quan
Cinematography & Directing: Nathaniel Brown & Elliot deBruyn
Edit: Elliot deBruyn
Dancers:Francesca Forcella, Zachary Kapeluck, Blake Krapels, Savannah Green, Andrea Yorita, Ashley Simpson, Richard Villaverde, Stanley Glover, Roderick Phifer