Beth Balaban

Client Projects

A short-form video showcasing an innovative intervention called the Urban Thinkscape Project. The objective of the video was to document the project's development over the course of one year. We emphasized community voices to tell a story about empowering a neighborhood through co-creative design. Made for the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.

A series of documentary style learning segments teaches The Fundamentals of Neuroscience in an online course at Harvard. In this segment, we used live action footage and animation to explore the emerging study of Connectomics. Made for HarvardX with course producer Nadja Ortelt.

A campaign video to document and promote a grassroots effort by Mothers Out Front. We featured moms as they held a week of rallies in front of the Massachusetts State House. Their raw emotion highlights the stakes in determining whether the future of all children in light of climate change.

A fundraising video to support OPENPediatrics™ - a free, open access, digital learning platform for pediatric caregivers globally. We anchored on the highly emotional story of a family's tragic loss of their daughter to build empathy and support. Made for The Rehma Fund for Children.

A video profile of Ready4Routines, a project which supports parents in building regular family routines. By balancing the science with the direct perspective of participating moms, we created a compelling portrait of a promising intervention. Made for the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.

A short promotional video highlighting Suffolk University’s Master of Science in Taxation (MST). I used footage of MST alumni to put faces and real testimonials out front to showcase this program. Made for Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.

Documentary Work

Feature-length Documentaries

Son of Fukushima is a feature documentary that chronicles the story of a family of Japanese farmers who were displaced by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The project is a blend of live-action footage and hand-painted animation by Christian Schlaeffer. Co-Directed, Co-Produced, Filmed and Edited by Beth Balaban. Made in collaboration with Co-Director Beth Murphy, GroundTruth Films, Marmita Films, and Principle Pictures.


Cinematographer & Grant Writer

Associate Producer & Camera Operator


Additional Photography

Camera Operator

Short Documentaries

A short portrait of Craig Burnham, inventor of the Tornado Tube. Made for the 2014 Salem Film Festival. In collaboration with The Non-Fiction Cartel. Edited by: Beth Balaban Filmed by: Kevin Belli Audio by: Kevin Brunswick

An episode from One Day in Boston featuring The New England Wildlife Center’s 6-week pilot program with 9 inmates where they learn to care for sick and injured animals. Editor: Beth Balaban Director: Laura Nespola Producer: Cecily Tyler

The images of Joshua Touster reveal the experience of being locked down in Watertown on April 19, 2013, four days after the Boston Marathon bombings. Edited by: Beth Balaban Directed and Filmed by: Matthew Hashiguchi Sound by: Billy Wirasnik

A short portrait of The Record Exchange in Salem, MA. Made for the 2014 Salem Film Festival. In collaboration with The Non-Fiction Cartel. Filmed by: Beth Balaban Edited by: Kevin Belli Audio by: Kevin Brunswick