Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Nathan Truesdell

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Nathan Truesdell has more than a decade of documentary experience and was selected for the inaugural DOC NYC 40 Under 40 list. His directorial work includes the award-winning Balloonfest, The Water Slide, the Field of Vision-produced series “The Art Of Making Money,” and It’s Coming! He was the camera department head for the HBO series “How To with John Wilson” (2020), executive produced by Nathan Fielder. Truesdell was the main cinematographer on Speaking Is Difficult and a producer of Peace In The Valley, both premiering in the shorts competition at Sundance 2016. He produced documentaries such as We Always Lie To Strangers (SXSW, 2013), Caucus (Hot Docs, 2013), and Convention (LAFF, 2010), and co-produced The Gospel Of Eureka (SXSW, 2018). Truesdell was DOP for the Al Jazeera America series “Midterms.” He was a cinematographer on Dope Is Death (True/False, 2020), shot Deprogrammed (Tribeca, 2015), and was a cinematographer and editor on Killing Them Safely (Tribeca, 2015). He also served as art director for the narrative film You’re Next (TIFF, 2011).

At MacDowell, he collaborated with Jessica Kingdon on an upcoming feature documentary Ascension (previously Untitled Prc Project) has received support from organizations including SFFilm, Chicken & Egg, Cinereach, Sundance, and Field of Vision, and was on Indiewire's Sundance Wishlist for 2021.

Portrait by Tomo Saito

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

Ascension (Film)



Nathan Truesdell worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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