Transient Pictures is an Emmy award-winning documentary production company based in Brooklyn, NY. We bring the same passion for storytelling to our clients that we do for our films. Like us, our clients tend to be founded on a larger mission. They’re socially conscious organizations, non-profits, artisanal producers and companies who, like us, take a bit more care to make sure they’ve done their very best to make a positive difference through their passions.
In 2005, fledgling filmmakers Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest hit the road with $500 and a borrowed camera for the volatile U.S./Mexico border to film WALKING THE LINE, the documentary about vigilantes taking border security into their own hands.
Despite the minuscule production budget, cramped sleeping accommodations (our rental car) and questionable decisions about personal safety (like spending the night alone in the desert with convicted felons, armed with sub-machine guns) we managed to create a documentary that would win great success and international acclaim.
Six years later, we've had our work broadcast to millions of viewers around the world, screened at dozens of international film festivals, and won awards for production and human rights, including an Emmy.
We’ve created original content for prominent broadcasters, arts organizations and businesses, including PBS, National Geographic, the Sundance Channel, The Economist, The Dramatists Guild, Working Films, United States Artists, Au Bon Pain and the George Street Playhouse. And we co-founded the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective to provide support and a community for talented Brooklyn directors and producers.
Over the years, we’ve built an elite team of hand-picked producers, cinematographers, editors and motion graphic designers. They’re some of the best, brightest and most in-demand talent in the NY film community.
Chris Casey is an associate producer, shooter, editor, and motion graphics animator at Transient Pictures. His documentary work has championed education and political engagement, working with NBC Universal, Comcast, and OurTime.org. He is also a writer, producer, and director of short narrative films, experimental videos, and web series. Before joining Transient, Chris founded and directed of the Westport Youth Film Festival, the first international film festival for high school student filmmakers.
Lily Henderson is an independent documentary director that directs, shoots, and edits for corporate and non-profit clients. Her work has screened at MOMA documentary Fort Night and she has worked as a curator and resident at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent feature documentary film, Lessons for the Living, a meditative and surprisingly poignant look at Hospice volunteers, is currently screening throughout the country. She is currently a member and co-coordinator of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.
Eric is a producer and cinematographer based in New York. Some of his featured work includes broadcast television (MTV, Nickelodeon, Arte France), documentary and independent festival circuits (HBO NY and LA Latino, Nashville, Orlando, Portland Women's, Nantucket) and numerous online publications (The Atlantic Monthly, Huffington Post, TED Talks, Indiepix, Boingboing). International experience includes Europe, Asia, and field-producing and shooting multiple features in Egypt (The Pyramid Code) and Serbia (Brasslands). He teaches production and digital arts at DCTV in Manhattan.
Mike started his love affair with moving images when he was eight years old, making special effects using only a VHS camcorder and things he could find under the sink. Today, Mike’s work is as varied as the clients he works for. He’s created show opens, lower thirds and even Jumbo-tron graphics for the likes of MTV Networks, The US State Department, The Miami Dolphins, Def Jam and AstraZeneca. Mike’s passions in addition to animation are music, illustration and photography and each informs and inspires his work.
Jay Arthur Sterrenberg is a filmmaker, editor and educator with a decade of experience in digital production and post. His work has been broadcast on Arte, HBO, ESPN, PBS and the Hallmark Channel. Jay is a founding member of the Meerkat Media Collective, with whom he has made over twenty independent short film and two features which have screened at festivals around the world. As an editor he’s worked closely with Oscar-Nominated filmmaking team John Alpert and Mathew O'Neill on Emmy-nominated Section 60 (HBO), Wartorn (HBO), No Contract, No Cookies (HBO) and A Woman Among Boys (ESPN).
Alexander Stikich is an award winning freelance cinematographer/DP based in New York. He works professionally on a wide range of documentary, narrative and corporate projects around the globe ranging from a documentary about Chernobyl, a film on economic development in Kenya, to numerous corporate videos and fashion shoots. Some of his corporate clients include L'Oreal, Microsoft, Glaxo, AOL, Sprint and DKNY.