Genetic Films is the Brooklyn-based, husband and wife creative team of Sharon Her and Branan Edgens.
Branan Edgens began his award-winning film career over 15 years ago as a visual artist and storyteller. After receiving his BFA in studio art and art history at Sewanee, The University of the South, he continued his studies through the MFA film program of Syracuse University. As a writer and director, Branan’s work has received both the Golden Lion in Advertisement for his Taxi-Vu promotions and the Tel Aviv International Film Festival Directing Award for his short film, “Cold Comfort”. As an editor, his film, “Cook County,” won several awards, including the SXSW audience award. A fan of practical effects, Branan is also a skilled special effects makeup artist with his most notable works appearing in the BBC miniseries, “Smallpox:Silent Weapon” and Shirin Neshat’s “Zarin.” Notable clients include; SubPop Records, PIMCO, Merrill Lynch, Discovery Networks, MSNBC, Seton Hall University, NBC, BBC, the NY Yankees, and Thomson Reuters.
Sharon Her comes from a writing, non-profit management, and production background. A 2001 Jerome Travel and Study Grant allowed Sharon a trip throughout Southeast Asia which served as the inspiration for the upcoming Genetic Films documentary, Feral Poetry. Sharon's production credits include fashion photography shoots and several short films. A former Program Manager at the YWCA of Minneapolis and board member of Minneapolis-based YouthCARE, Sharon brings a passion for multi-cultural and social equality storytelling. Sharon's writing has been published in Asian Week, City Pages, New York Press, and the Hmong creative writing anthology, "Bamboo Among the Oaks."
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