Nelson Farber

Nelson Farber

Sixth Borough Productions NYC, Inc.

Director, entertainment attorney and filmmaker in Berlin, Germany

About Nelson

I am a writer, director and producer of narrative and documentary projects, as well as a television journalist. I divide my time between my home City of New York and adopted second home City of Berlin. My work has appeared on Aspekte/ZDF, Kulturseit/3sat and Nano/3sat. I am pleased to work closely with my collaborative partner and wife, the award winning TV journalist and filmmaker Christine Daum-Farber. I am pleased to be in the final stages of post-production on a dramatic short film 'Song of Solomon,' which will soon be transformed into a feature-length project.

I am also a practicing member of the New York State Bar. I view the two careers as compatible, even symbiotic. After all, every legal case tells a story, in which characters are driven by a set of needs and objectives, and must overcome obstacles. A filmmaker dealing with a story is always grappling with the subtext – what do the words and actions really mean? It is invaluable for an attorney to be able to undertake the same analysis, and not narrowly focus on economics and arcane legal rules. My primary goal within the practice of law is to assist other filmmakers with moving their projects forward.

I am most interested in stories, both narrative and documentary, in which people struggle against fixed perceptions and demands of others to forge their own identities.





Name: Nelson Farber

Lives in: Berlin, Germany

Company: Sixth Borough Productions NYC, Inc.

Occupation: Director, Entertainment Attorney, Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter and Script Consultant

Unique traits: Dualities - Life in New York and Berlin, career in film and in law.

Credits

  • USA Election Special: Coal in the USA

    USA Election Special: Coal in the USA (2016)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer Laid off coal miners in Western Pennsylvania contemplate the future of their industry, as they prepare to shape the outcome of the US election.

  • USA Election Special: The Candidates' Programs

    USA Election Special: The Candidates' Programs (2016)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer A high stakes card game between Hillary and Donald surrogates. The cards illustrate the candidates' policies. Is the Hillary player's better hand enough to beat her rival's Donald's joker?

  • Internet Hate

    Internet Hate (2016)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Trump's Wall

    Trump's Wall (2016)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer Donald Trump's plans for a Berlin Wall along the US-Mexico border and the deportation of millions is critiqued on-location in South Texas.

  • Addiction to Prescription in the U.S.A.

    Addiction to Prescription in the U.S.A. (2016)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer The U.S. pharmaceutical industry hooks people on prescription opioids.

  • The New U.S. Drug Politics : Treatment Instead of Prison

    The New U.S. Drug Politics : Treatment Instead of Prison (2016)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer An innovative Drug Court in New Hampshire fights addiction-related crime with treatment instead of incarceration. Meanwhile, hope is on the horizon with new addiction therapies.

  • Trump the Wrestler

    Trump the Wrestler (2016)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer Donald Trump's campaign is compared to a professional wrestling match, utilizing real wrestlers, courtesy of the 2KW Pro Wrestling Federation.

  • David Bowie: Last Greetings

    David Bowie: Last Greetings (2016)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer A parting tribute to the creative genius and cultural icon David Bowie, including interviews with a few of his final musical collaborators.

  • Protection Against HIV: Truvada

    Protection Against HIV: Truvada (2015)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer Truvada, commonly referred to as "Prep," proves 99% effective in preventing HIV/AIDS. So, why are so many obstacles to its use? Shot in Brookly, the Bronx and Berlin.

  • The Potato Dispute: What Should Be Considered as Genetic Modification?

    The Potato Dispute: What Should Be Considered as Genetic Modification? (2015)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer What is and isn't "GMO?" A debate over modifying the European potato with genes from the Mexican potato.

  • Nano Spezial, Umweltpreis (environmental prize) Profile: Mojib Latif

    Nano Spezial, Umweltpreis (environmental prize) Profile: Mojib Latif (2015)
    environmental priz (Reality-TV) Producer Germany's leading climate forecaster, Mojib Latif is profiled. Latif is able to bring together natural and man-made factors in making his predictions.

  • Nano Spezial Umweltpreis (environmental prize) Profile: Johan Rockstrom

    Nano Spezial Umweltpreis (environmental prize) Profile: Johan Rockstrom (2015)
    environmental priz (Reality-TV) Producer Umweltpreis recipient Johan Rockstrom, a lead author of the planetary boundary framework, is profiled, in advance of the Paris climate conference.

  • Nano Spezial Umweltpreis (environmental prize) Profile: Michael Succow

    Nano Spezial Umweltpreis (environmental prize) Profile: Michael Succow (2015)
    environmental priz (Reality-TV) Producer Umweltpreis winner Michael Succow, who among other things was the force behind the establishment of national parks in East Germany in the waning days of the G.D.R., is profiled.

  • Full Social Control: The 'Sociometer'

    Full Social Control: The 'Sociometer' (2015)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer Companies experiment with a wearable devices measuring effectiveness of worker communication, with metrics including body language, time spent talking and vocal intonation. Social physics for the information age.

  • CRISPR-cas, Gene Editing

    CRISPR-cas, Gene Editing (2015)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer An analysis of the revolutionary developments in "gene editing" as well as the moral consequences entailed in possible applications of the breakthrough technology.

  • Song of Solomon

    Song of Solomon (2015)
    Film (short) by Nelson Farber (Drama) Producer, Director, Writer The spiritual power of romantic love rescues a soul-dead attorney, in this riff on the Bible's Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs.

  • Housing Shortage in London

    Housing Shortage in London (2015)
    TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer Vasilisa and Luke are two young creatives living in London. While not a couple, they share not only a room, but a bed (!) to make ends meet. Meanwhile, cranes are everywhere to be seen, as luxury towers are going up everywhere. Not only will the overwhelming majority of new dwellings be unaffordable for Vasilisa, Luke and the vast majority of Londoners - but many will be unoccupied as well, as they are trophy/investment purchases for the foreign rich. Vasilisa and Luke are fortunate, in that they are great friends and have each other. But as they make clear, this is about "survival" and their living circumstance is representative of the backward way a major developed country treats housing. Meanwhile, on another front, the recently-formed 'Skyline Campaign' struggles to preserve the iconic London vista from the gaudy, grotesque and overly-prolific new constructions. Written by Nelson Farber

  • The Garbage Fisher

    The Garbage Fisher (2014)
    TV Movie (Reality-TV) Producer A 19 year old wunderkind's audacious plan to clean up the plastic in the oceans.

  • Khordorkovsky's Friedensgipfel (Peace Summit)

    Khordorkovsky's Friedensgipfel (Peace Summit) (2014)
    Peace Summi by Nelson Farber (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer

  • Cannabis As Medicine

    Cannabis As Medicine (2014)
    TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer People may roll their eyes when they hear "medical" marijuana, but this piece explores the cutting edge uses of cannabis in treating numerous ailments, including cancer and pediatric epilepsy.

  • The New Hope for New York: Bill De Blasio

    The New Hope for New York: Bill De Blasio (2013)
    TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer New York City at the moment of transition from Bloomberg to de Blasio. How will de Blasio's catchphrase "A Tale of Two Cites" translate into action?

  • Parking Madness in New York: Galileo/Pro Sieben

    Parking Madness in New York: Galileo/Pro Sieben (2013)
    TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer We learn all about Big Apple parking pitfalls and tricks, as New York City personality and parking expert Eric Zaccar hits the streets in his convertible, in search of the perfect park. For those unwilling to brave the 'mean streets' of Manhattan, the latest cutting edge high tech parking garage is profiled. Written by Nelson Farber

  • Hollywood and Hitler

    Hollywood and Hitler (2013)
    TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Biography) Producer, Director, Writer Author Ben Urwand and his book "The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler" are profiled.

  • Vertiklar Wald (3sat/Nano)

    Vertiklar Wald (3sat/Nano) (2013)
    by Nelson Farber (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer Architect Stefano Boeri's visionary efforts to merge the agricultural and urban environments through 'Bosco Verticale' and Bio Milano is profiled.

  • DNA Portraits (Aspekte/ZDF)

    DNA Portraits (Aspekte/ZDF) (2013)
    Aspekte by Nelson Farber (Biography) Producer, Director, Writer A profile of artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, who creates portraits based on DNA that she finds in public places - from chewing gum, hair, cigarettes and the like. Her work is a provocation over the loss of privacy, ss well as an exploration into the search for identity. Written by Nelson Farber

  • 'Drive' Author James Sallis

    'Drive' Author James Sallis (2012)
    TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer 'Drive' author James Sallis is profiled in this TV magazine piece for the German culture program aspekte, on the ZDF. The author is profiled as a Renaissance Man who is very different from his 'Driver' character who is portrayed by Ryan Gosling in the film. Sallis has written a sequel, 'Driven' ('Driver 2') in which 'Driver' returns to Phoenix, only to be relentlessly chased. Turning the tables on his creator, 'Driver,' behind the wheel of a red 1966 Chevelle, chases Sallis throughout Phoenix. Written by Nelson Farber

  • Aspekte

    Aspekte (2012)
    Television (Documentary) Producer, Director, Writer

  • Bobby Fischer, aspekte

    Bobby Fischer, aspekte (2012)
    TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Biography) Producer, Director, Writer

  • Nicholson Baker - House of Holes

    Nicholson Baker - House of Holes (2012)
    TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Biography) Producer, Director, Writer Author Nicholson Baker, the author of 'The House of Holes,' is profiled for the TV culture magazine program aspekte, on the zdf in Germany. The piece features interviews, 'man-in-the-street' questions and scenes inspired by the book.

  • Final Position

    Final Position (2009)
    Film (short) by Nelson Farber (Drama) Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor

Education

  • Documentary Campus Master School (EU)
    (2010-2010)

  • The New School (NYC)
    (2008-2009)

  • School of Visual Arts (NYC)
    (2008-2009)

  • The American University, Washington College of Law (Washington, DC)
    (1983-1986)

  • Clark University (Worcester, MA)
    (1983-1986)

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