Brian Wertheim, born in Los Angeles, California, in 1989, is a photographer and filmmaker focusing on long-term documentary work about those who are in the margins of society. He remains committed to the use of photographic film and develops all of his negatives using traditional darkroom techniques.
Wertheim grew up as an Angeleno in exile, yet has returned to his hometown where he is dedicated to making work that takes place in America’s second largest city. His work reaches across cultures, races, and socio-economic classes, in an effort to explore mankind’s ability to endure difficult circumstances – the universal human story. Despite embarking on such a directive, his work has led him to hold a fundamentally optimistic worldview and this remains the driving force that compels him.
It is in these places that Wertheim seeks to use the language of documentary and portraiture to reveal the light of the human spirit often left hidden in the marginalized communities of the world.
Wertheim lives in Northeast Los Angeles with his wife.
Education: 2007-2011 Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, Bachelor of Music (BM) in Film Scoring, Magna Cum Laude
Links: Instagram / VSCO / “Mr. Somebody” Short Film
2019, Permanent Collection, Watts Empowerment Center, Los Angeles, California. Images from “As Far As My Dreams Go.”
2020 Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection, “Mr Somebody” (short documentary)
2020 Producer’s Guild of America, Short Doc Series, Official Selection, “Mr Somebody” (short documentary)
2020 Palm Springs International Shortfest, Official Selection,”Mr Somebody” (short documentary)
2020 Nashville Film Festival, Official Selection, “Mr Somebody” (short documentary)
2020 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, Official Selection, “Mr Somebody” (short documentary)
2020 Riverrun International Film Festival, Official Selection, “Mr Somebody” (short documentary)
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