Braden King

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Braden King (born 1971 North Carolina) is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His feature film, Here (2011), starring Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal, premiered at the 2011 Sundance[1] and Berlin Film Festivals and was distributed theatrically by Strand Releasing in 2012.[2] A multimedia installation version of the project, Here [ The Story Sleeps ], premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in 2010 and toured internationally with live soundtrack accompaniment by composer Michael Krassner and Boxhead Ensemble.[2] King's previous work includes the feature film Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks It's Back (co-directed with photographer Laura Moya), the award-winning short film Home Movie and music videos for Glen Hansard, Sparklehorse, Sonic Youth, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (Will Oldham) and Dirty Three.


In 1998, Braden King and Laura Moya co-directed Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks its Back[3] about crab fishing on Unalaska Island, Alaska.[4]

King's short films include the award-winning[5] Home Movie and The Story of the Lark, a film about Laurie Anderson that was released with her 2010 album Homeland (Nonesuch Records) as well as music videos featuring Sonic Youth, Will Oldham,[3] Sparklehorse, Chan Marshall, Tortoise (band), Low, and Yo La Tengo.

Non-narrative work includes Heaven is a Place / Nothing Ever Happens (2007), a film and video installation commissioned by Chris Doyle for the 50,000 Beds exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum[6] and The Story is Still Asleep, a multi-channel video piece with live musical accompaniment that premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2005, King directed Looking for a Thrill: An Anthology of Inspiration,[7] an interactive DVD project commissioned by Thrill Jockey Records. The film features interviews with 112 musicians and artists, including Björk, Califone, Freakwater, Mouse on Mars, Sea and Cake, Tortoise, Trans Am, Yo La Tengo, Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, Jem Cohen, Vic Chesnutt, Kurt Wagner, Ian Mackaye, Steve Albini and Jon Spencer.

In 2002, King produced and co-curated (with curator Astria Suparak) Boxhead Ensemble’s Stories, Maps and Notes From the Half-Light tour,[8] a program of short films with a live soundtrack at Fotofest in Houston. Films by Jem Cohen, Paula Froehle, David Gatten, Barbara Meter, Julie Murray, Guy Sherwin and Phil Solomon were presented.

King's work has been exhibited at international film festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Berlin, London, Melbourne, Singapore and Ann Arbor; and institutions including the MoMA, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Mass MoCA, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Center; and his work has been broadcast on HBO, BBC, Sundance Channel, MTV, Channel 4 (UK) and others. He has lectured at Yale University, The University of Southern California, Bard College, Wheaton College, the Graduate School at the City University of New York, New York Foundation for the Arts and Creative Capital. He graduated magna cum laude from the USC School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles in 1993.

King is represented for commercial work by New York-based Washington Square Films. King's commercial clients include American Airlines, Axiom Law, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, ESPN, Johnson & Johnson, Miller Beer, Nikon, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Samsung, Scholastic, Siemens and UNICEF.

Truckstop Media, King's digital agency, has produced dozens of innovative multi-media projects since 2001, including the award-winning website and mobile apps for Morgan Spurlock and Paul G. Allen's WE THE ECONOMY (2014),[9] the project’s follow up, WE THE VOTERS (2016) [10] and experiential installations for Google, Tumblr and The Museum of Modern Art.

King has shot his next feature film, The Evening Hour,[11] a small-town West Virginia crime thriller based on the book of the same name. The Evening Hour stars Philip Ettinger, Stacy Martin, and Lili Taylor. The film was set to shoot during the fall of 2018.

He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Mimi Visser, and their two sons, Jonas and Oliver.

Honors and awards[edit]



  • The Evening Hour, 2020
  • Here, 2011
  • Homeland: The Story of a Lark, 2010
  • Home Movie, 2009
  • Sonic Youth: Do You Believe in Rapture, 2006
  • Looking for a Thrill: An Anthology of Inspiration, 2005
  • Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back, 1998


  • Here, 2011
  • Home Movie, 2009
  • The Kills: I Hate the Way You Love, 2005


  • Home Movie, 2009
  • Looking for a Thrill: An Anthology of Inspiration, 2005
  • Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back, 1998


  • Here, 2011
  • Home Movie, 2009


  • Here, 2011
  • Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back, 1998

Photography and camera operating[edit]

  • Here, 2011 (Still Photographs)
  • Screaming Masterpiece, 2005 (Camera Operator)



  1. ^ "Meet the Artists '11: Braden King | Video | Sundance Institute". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  2. ^ a b "In His Own Words: Braden King Shares a Scene from 'Here' | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews". Indiewire. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  3. ^ a b "BFI | Sight & Sound | London Film Festival blog | Across the universe: Braden King's HERE". 2011-11-04. Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  4. ^ "From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: "Dutch Harbor: Where The Sea Breaks Its Back"". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  5. ^ a b "AFF + Sundance Institute/NHK Award". Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  6. ^ "The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: 50,000 Beds: An Exhibition by Chris Doyle". 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  7. ^ "Looking for a Thrill: An Anthology of Inspiration". 29 March 2005. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  8. ^ "News & Reviews". FotoFest. Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  9. ^ "WE THE ECONOMY". Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  10. ^ "WE THE VOTERS". Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  11. ^ "Cynthia Nixon & Rookie Michael Trotter To Star In Indie Drama 'Evening Hour'". 15 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  12. ^ Cinédiversité. "HERE – Braden King 2011". Cicae. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  13. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces 2010 Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute Grantees | Sundance Institute". 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  14. ^ "Cannes Film Festival - l'Atelier 2008 - FilmoFilia". Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  15. ^ "Creative Capital". Creative Capital. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  16. ^ Stringer, Jacob (2011-01-18). "Salt Lake City Movies & TV - Film Festival: The Sundance Film Festival's Sloan Foundation prize". Retrieved 2013-10-04.

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