Natalie Shmuel is a NYC based filmmaker and movie stills photographer. She picked up the art and industry of documentary storytelling while working on projects with influential award-winning filmmakers including Stanley Nelson, Laurens Grant, and June Cross. Natalie currently produces and conducts research for social justice documentaries including Third World Newsreel’s latest feature by Konrad Aderer, Resistance at Tule Lake, exposing the hidden history of Japanese Americans who dared to resist and protest the US government’s program of mass incarceration during WWII. Natalie works closely with Academy member Thomas Allen Harris on multiple projects, including his award-winning feature documentary Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. She is currently working with Mr. Harris on Family Pictures USA – an upcoming national TV series that explores neighborhoods & cities through the lens of the family photo album for a true “people’s history.”
Natalie has a keen eye for film aesthetics and loves to work with fictional narratives, having studied film theory and cinema history for 15+ years. Natalie works closely with various indie directors and producers as a trusted advisor and consultant for all things logistical and creative from development all the way through post.
Natalie organizes multiple grassroots activism coalitions and direct actions for several policy reforms, while also applying her passion for documentation and photography. She holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU Tisch, and received a B.A. cum laude in Film Studies and Psychology from Queens College.