At 16 years of age Nathan was life flighted back to the United States due to a near death accident on the wind blown sands of the Mexican coast. This experience significantly altered his young perspective on life.
Today, he dreams to see a world where story is honest and personal, connecting now often distance human relationships together through adventure, humor and human struggle.
15 years ago, after a year of doctors visits and brain scans, a healed Nathan took every possible opportunity to travel the globe, with what was at first a small consumer camcorder and laptop. Over the years his editing techniques, eye for composition, concept of story crafting and willingness to put himself in sometimes precarious situations culminated in a series of action sports films and TV shows.
Today, as a writer and Director with over 15 years of experience, Nathan has yet to slow down. Best Original Score and a Best Film nomination at X-Dance, 2 Emmy wins for the TV show FiNS produced by Ira Opper, and multiple global edit and cinematography awards are just the tipping point. His content has been seen globally by over 150 Million people on Fox, Fuel TV, NetFlix, Hulu, and countless web and local TV outlets.
Nathan also has a heart for people in need. He dedicated his limited time, equipment and team to work on gratis documentaries for NGO’s that work in rural mountainous regions of central and South America.
His present and future endeavors have spread from action sports to a more broad story telling arena. His first feature writing and directing debut, Chicks Dig Gay Guys, released via Relativity Media last year to praise and criticism for its politically incorrect humor. Currently the Corban Productions team is finishing a full length documentary that covers a 4 person cycling team that rides in the Race Across America to raise awareness for Huntington's Disease where they face constant trials from weather, crashes and more.
2016 and 2017 are going to be very busy and formative years for Nathan and his team at Corban Productions - a video and film production company based in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Unique traits: We specialize in UHD 4K+ productions, ranging form 30 second commercials to independent feature films.
Untitled Race Across America Doc
Film by Nathan Apffel (Documentary) Director, Writer A family of 5 will do everything in their power to help bring to light what is little known as the 'ugliest disease known to man'. They aid their loving mother battling the disease Huntington's, which is the culmination of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS. The family's goal is to ride 3,000 consecutive miles, 24 hours a day from Coast to Coast in the Race Across America to hopefully raise awareness about the disease. Will this normal 9-5 family be able to succeed in one of the most grueling races in the world? Written by Nathan Apffel
Chicks Dig Gay Guys
Film by Nathan Apffel (Comedy) Director, Writer, Editor A comedy set in the world of two pickup artists that is centered on the trouble they get into through the lies they tell.
Beyond Sight: The Derek Rabelo Story
Film by Bruno Lemos (Documentary, Adventure, Family and Sport) Cinematographer, Editor, Producer Amidst the small beautiful city of Guarapari, Brazil, Derek Rabelo's father prayed that his son would become a famous professional surfer. Unfortunately on May 25th 1992, his prayer seemed unanswered when Derek was born blind. Seventeen years later Derek decided that despite his blindness he still wanted to surf and that he wanted to surf Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. Through the encouragement of his parents, best friend, and surf coach, Derek embarked on a three-year journey of grueling mental, physical and spiritual training. As Derek perseveres towards his goal of surfing Pipeline, he inspires the best pro-surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Lakey Peterson, Taj Burrow, Laird Hamilton and more, who are featured in the film. You will learn from Derek's story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight. Written by Bryan Jennings
When Harry Tries to Marry
Film by Nayan Padrai (Comedy and Romance) Visual effects Harry is a New York bachelor cynical about "true love" ever since his parents divorce. Determined to live happily-ever-after, and not end up as another divorce statistic, he asks for help from his match-making uncle. This traditional arranged marriage to a lovely girl from India baffles and surprises his parents and friends. Just as Harry thinks he's found the perfect Indian bride he begins to wonder if his friendship with Theresa, a fun and sexy American, could be something more. Harry and Theresa become closer as she helps him prepare for the big day. The plans are under way and Harry is running out of time to choose between a love that's arranged and one that he's found himself. Written by Cinemavault
Lost Prophets: Search for the Collective
Video by Nathan Apffel (Documentary, Action, Adventure and Sport) Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Producer Surfing culture originated as an act of escape and joy. In our present day there has been a departure from these origins entering this new age of hyper-progression and extreme commercialism. There are still individuals immersed in the surfing experience living a rebirth of the grassroots spirit that will help guide our sport in a new revitalizing direction. Lost Prophets will will guide us in a new prologue of our history; a prophecy of our sports future. Written by Anonymous
The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice!
Television by Morgan Spurlock (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Morgan Spurlock examines the cultural phenomenon of "The Simpsons".
For Right or Wrong
Film by Matt Goodman (Documentary, Action and Sport) Camera and Electrical Department Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton explains what it's like to live within the bubble of pro boarding in this documentary featuring footage of expert riders on and off the slopes, at home and during expeditions to the world's premier peaks.