Naftali Beane Rutter is the first person in his family to become a filmmaker. His feature film LA MAREA was selected for the prestigious IFP Emerging Storytellers program. His feature length documentary TODAY, about one day in the life of three families in New Orleans, was called “one of the best movies of the last two years” by Philip Maysles. His short film about a school shooting, WILD ANIMALS, premiered at the Palm Springs Shortfest, and is now available online.

With his production company Waterbound Pictures, Rutter has created a dramatic range of award-winning commercials, PSAs, music videos, and documentaries, working with clients as diverse as amfAR, The Wall Street Journal, and EA Sports. His work has been shown in festivals and museums around the world, and used to change federal health policy. He is currently in development to direct LA MAREA, about an American soldier who goes to a village in Mexico to visit friendly gray whales, and writing a scary movie about cellphones gone horribly awry.

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