Braden King is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His most recent feature film, HERE, is a formally groundbreaking, landscape-obsessed road movie chronicling a brief but deeply affecting relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer (Ben Foster) and an expatriate Armenian art photographer (Lubna Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel together into uncharted territory – both literally and metaphorically.
Shot entirely on location in Armenia, HERE premiered at the 2011 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and has gone on to screen throughout the world. Strand Releasing will distribute HERE theatrically in the U.S. in early 2012. A live installation version of the project, HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ], premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in 2010 and continues to tour internationally.
Additional credits include the lyric Aleutian Island documentary DUTCH HARBOR: WHERE THE SEA BREAKS ITS BACK (co-directed with Laura Moya), which screened in over 20 major film festivals and toured internationally with live, improvised soundtrack accompaniment by the critically-acclaimed Boxhead Ensemble; short films, including the award-winning HOME MOVIE; gallery and museum installations and exhibitions; and music videos for Sonic Youth, Bonnie ’Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham), Dirty Three, Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Sparklehorse and others. Commercial clients include American Airlines, Miller Beer, ESPN, Nikon, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens and UNICEF.
Awards and honors include the the 2011 Berlin Film Festival C.I.C.A.E. Award, a 2010 Cinereach / Sundance Institute Fellowship, nomination to the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Atelier, the 2008 Sundance / NHK International Filmmakers Award, 2007 Sundance Writers and Directors Lab Fellowships and grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller, Annenberg and Sloan Foundations.
King’s work has been exhibited at leading international film festivals and institutions, including Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, London, Melbourne, Singapore. Vienna and Ann Arbor; MoMA, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Mass MoCA and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Center. His work has been seen on all major U.S. broadcast networks, HBO, BBC, Sundance Channel, MTV, Channel 4 (UK) and others.
King has lectured at Yale University, The University of Southern California, Bard College, Wheaton College, the Graduate School at the City University of New York, Creative Capital and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 1993.