Brent E. Huffman


Brent E. Huffman is an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on Netflix, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to ethnographic films made for the China Exploration and Research Society. He has also directed, produced, shot, and edited documentaries for online outlets like The New York Times, TIME, Salon, Huffington Post, and PBS' Arts.

Huffman has been making social issue documentaries and environmental films for nearly two decades in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These films have gone on to win numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy, Silver Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival, IAFOR Documentary Award, MacArthur Documentary Grant, Best Film at CinemAmbiente International Environmental Film Festival, Grand Prize and Audience Award at Arkhaios Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Festival, Best Conservation Film-Jackson Hole, five Cine Golden Eagle Awards, a National College Emmy, a Student Academy Award and a Grand Jury Award at AFI's SILVERDOCS.

Huffman was also an editor of Julia Reichert's and Steven Bognar's Primetime Emmy-winning PBS documentary series A Lion in the House. Huffman is also a writer whose work has been featured on CNN and in The New York Times, Asia Society, Tricycle Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, FRONTLINE, and The China Digital Times. 

In 2009, Huffman covered Vortex 2, the world's largest tornado research project for NBC and The Weather Channel. Most recently, he completed the documentary Saving Mes Aynak, about the fight to save Mes Aynak, a 5,000-year-old Buddhist site in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese copper mine. Saving Mes Aynak has won over 30 major awards and has been broadcast on television in over 70 countries. It can currently be seen on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and on special edition DVD.

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