See Change Conference | Gary Hustwit, Filmmaker & Photographer
Gary Hustwit, filmmaker and photographer, speaking at See Change 2016
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Gary Hustwit / Filmmaker & Photographer; Founder, Scenic

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Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker and photographer based in New York and London. He has produced 11 feature documentaries, including the award-winning I Am Trying To Break Your Heart about the band Wilco; Moog, the documentary about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog; and an experimental feature film with the band Animal Collective. Gary worked with punk label SST Records in the late-1980s, ran the independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, was Vice President of the media website in 2000, and started the indie DVD label Plexifilm in 2001.

In 2007 he made his directorial debut with Helvetica, a documentary about graphic design and typography. The film marked the beginning of a design film trilogy, with Objectified, about industrial design and product design following in 2009, and Urbanized, about the design of cities, in 2011. The films have been broadcast on PBS, BBC, HBO and television outlets in 20 countries, and have been screened in over 300 cities worldwide.

His film and photographic work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Design Museum London, Storefront for Art and Architecture New York, and the Colette Gallery in Paris, among others. Gary is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

In April 2016 Gary launched Scenic, a new virtual reality content studio, where he serves as CEO and Creative Director. With a roster of 10 all-star documentary filmmakers, Scenic is creating short VR documentaries and trying to redefine non-fiction storytelling in this immersive new medium. His next film project is Workplace, a documentary and exhibit about the future of the office for the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.


2002 I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (Executive Producer)
2003 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists: Dirty Old Town (Executive Producer)
2004 Moog (Executive Producer)
2005 Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On the Road with Death Cab for Cutie (Producer)
2006 Spend an Evening with Saddle Creek (Executive Producer)
2007 Helvetica (Director, Producer)
2009 Objectified (Director, Producer)
2010 Animal Collective’s Oddsac (Producer)
2011 Urbanized
2012 The Landfill (short) (Co-director)
2015 Mavis! (Executive Producer)
2016 Workplace (Producer, Director)