Brandon Ellis Williams
An up & coming independent Filmmaker, and Photographer.
He began his professional career in 2009, and his talents were quickly recognized by longboarding & snowboarding brands. A former member of The Freebord mfg. Athlete Team, he has had a number of opportunities to cross-train and film with some of the most talented adventure athletes in the world. In 2015 he transitioned into marketing and documentary work, finding inspiration after working on the film The Fourth Phase.
As a filmmaker, his 10 years of experience in the adventure and extreme sports world enables him to bring an authentic and unique perspective to his storytelling.
Brandon’s photos have appeared on websites and in magazines, including NPR, Freebord Mfg, Snowboard Magazine, TRANSworld Skating, Washington Post, among others. He has directed commercial film projects for a diverse range of clients that includes Freebord Mfg, SNRG, Viddy, George Mason University, 6Connex, Ocean Optics, CaliberMinds, and others.
Brandon is passionate about marketing, sustainable community development, and adventure.
He splits his time between his home on the edge of Washington, DC and Newton Grove, NC where his family resides.
An authentic and unique
perspective to his storytelling
Vocation fueled support for Nonprofits
Brandon serves as volunteer director of marketing & operations for The Table Initiative, A non-profit publications who’s focus is to put the spotlight on solution oriented organizations that tackle large scale social issues in communities domestic and international, from education, housing displacement, pregnancy & abortion, sex & human trafficking, orphaned children, etc. Brandon’s directed nonprofit films in Ethiopia, Uganda, Japan, and the US.
Brandon has directed various films that focus on exposing the pain of which issues plague our society, the people who are doing something about it, and the journey which they walk. He takes particular care in making sure to preserve the dignity of the people with whom he is filming.
”To me, poverty has less to do with your physical well being, and more to do with dignity.
So my productions focus on communities that are already doing amazing things inwardly.
I think we have enough film makers making films about poverty and it’s effects.
I want to erase the idea that people are helpless without american resources,
so I tend to focus on communities where locals have already started tackling big issues from within.
Restoring dignity begins with changing the narrative.” - Brandon
As a career creative and an analytical marketing mind, Brandon has found a niche in helping Nonprofits
Gain more visibility by creating visual, written, and audio resources and databases
Utilize marketing channels to accurate display the great work they do, and their needs
Align branding with mission, vision, values, and vocation to create a clear image for potential supporters
Create easy to maintain noninvasive long-term marketing campaigns
“It’s about inspiring people to move”
Adventure Photography & Film
“Mountain sports, backpacking, surfing, diving, urban exploration, and so many other outlets are pivotal.
We have a wild desire to create, see, explore, find, experience. As much as society tells us no, our DNA tells us otherwise. We love to move. It inspires growth… physically, mentally, spiritually, creatively, and emotionally.
For me, Adventure photography & film fulfills this desire I have to inspire. I don’t want to flaunt exploits, but I want to inspire people to move. It’s about inspiring people to move. I believe that you need space to grow, and if my images and films can help facilitate that space, I’ve engaged my passion.
Each year I undertake a new project to inspire myself to get uncomfortable, and think different. It forces me to learn new skills, get out and move myself, change the way I shoot and frame, and it helps me deal with my everyday fears.”
You can read & see more about the years project here