Our projects explore individual, social, and ecological imaginaries, often at key points of crisis or transformation. We operate as a collective—engaging many subjects and collaborators—and have produced works across multiple disciplines and media. We are dedicated to maintaining a heightened sensitivity toward the processes and systems supporting our practices, our lives and our environment. We aim to bring together diverse and underrepresented populations and perspectives in order to more fully understand and bring compassion to bear upon the core issues of our time.
Natalie Zimmerman is an artist, educator and activist who uses film and photography as primary tools for exploration. Her work is often research-based, interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature. She has presented her projects in diverse contexts worldwide including: SF Camerawork, Moscow International Film Festival’s Media Forum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City), Sigmund Freud Museum (Vienna). She is a former Fulbright Scholar, Headlands Center For the Arts Resident Fellow (with Wilson), and former Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco (with Wilson). Zimmerman is currently co-directing, OCEANIA, a feature film that examines the emotional and spiritual effects of climate change, beginning on the Pacific Island Nation of Kiribati. Zimmerman recently received diplomatic funding from the US State Department to make a final production trip to the Islands. She also received funding from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to organize a gathering of indigenous and western women working around issues of climate change – On Fertile Ground: Integrating Perspectives Toward a Collective Future. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a Film Certificate from New York University. Zimmerman is a core faculty member at SF Film School located in downtown, San Francisco.
Michael W. Wilson is an artist and filmmaker. Wilson directed the film essay SILHOUETTE CITY, which was featured at IFP, premiered at the Miami International Film Festival, screened at Anthology Film Archives, and has since played to audiences throughout the US and abroad. His film and media projects have been exhibited, screened, and broadcast at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, Ars Electronica, Entermultimediale, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Cinema Politica Network (Canada), Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Mediaterra International Art and Technology Festival (Athens), Russia Today Television and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. He has an MFA from Yale School of Art, a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from Hendrix College.
We have worked collaboratively since 1997.
Our independent projects have been generously supported by numerous public and private grant awards including: Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, LEF Foundation, Yip Harburg Foundation, Lucius and Eva Eastman Film Foundation, Fleishhaker Foundation, Center for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Commission), Museumsquartier/Quartier21 and The Center for Cultural Innovation.
Our films have played internationally at independent theaters, film festivals and universities and have been featured and aired on Russia Today Television (RT), Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) and London-based Press TV.
We live and work on the edge of an old-growth forest, 20 miles north of San Francisco.
COLLABORATORS and COMRADES
Holen Sabrina Kahn (Bright & Dangerous Pictures)
Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
San Francisco Film Society
Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna
Ori Barel (composer)
The Public School
Warehouse Workers United
Scott Benzel (artist/composer)
Reid Kruger (musician, post-production)
International Documentary Association
Harry Thomason (Producer, Mozark Productions)
Andrea Leland, (Director, Yurumein)
de Young Museum, Kimball Education Gallery, San Francisco
Jeremy Taylor (Co-Founder, International Association for the Study of Dreams)
Bernadette Stummer (Austrian Film/Television Producer)
Nadia Shihab (Experimental Filmmaker and Musician)
International Association of Sufism
Dr. Nahid Angha (co-founder and co-director of the International Association of Sufism)
Dr. Jenelle Troxelle (Union College and co-Editor of Convolution Journal)
Reverend Fuyu Schrader (Green Gulch/SF Zen Center)
Victor Valle (Professor of Ethnic Studies, California Polytechnic State University)