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.
Unique traits: Dualities - Life in New York and Berlin, career in film and in law.
Song of Solomon Drama His will to live having been destroyed by the brutality and banality of his profession, an attorney at the end of his rope encounters an other-worldly woman who renews his struggle to live, to love and to savor beauty.
The Hero Comedy A cleavage-baring Italian TV reporter's scoop interview with the meek girlfriend of the schmuck who accidentally saved New York from nuclear annihilation results in a confrontation that leaves both women reassessing their identities. Project Fiscal Sponsor Webpage
Foam Comedy An average Joe's lonely night at the Laundromat leads to a sudsy series of surreal erotic adventures with a mystery woman who appears and then vanishes every time he is around foam. Can our anti-hero kick his new-found "foam habit?" A story of desire, addiction and shifting identities, that resembles an acid trip.
Perpetual Check Drama Checkmate? Hardcore chess junkies clash with the demands of "normal" society, jeopardizing their families, careers and even their lives, as they straddle the line between obsession and destruction.
Technotality Documentary Avant-garde 1920's and 30's medical researchers thrust aside all constraints set by the old scientific and religious guards, and launch a global movement, as they carry out ghouish experiments to reverse aging, achieve immortality, and even resurrect the dead. Project Fiscal Sponsor Page
USA Election Special: Coal in the USA
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
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?
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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.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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)
Peace Summi by Nelson Farber (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer
Cannabis As Medicine
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
Television (Documentary) Producer, Director, Writer
Bobby Fischer, aspekte
TV Movie by Nelson Farber (Biography) Producer, Director, Writer
Nicholson Baker - House of Holes
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.
Film (short) by Nelson Farber (Drama) Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor