Filmmaker Poull Brien is a director and editor of character driven documentaries, short films, commercials and music videos. Brien attended Northwestern University and graduated from the Radio, Television and Film Program before moving to Brooklyn. Brien’s debut feature documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America, charts the incredible rise of aspiring 62 year old soul singer Charles Bradley, who rocketed from a tragic life in the projects to Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50 albums of 2011. The film premiered at SXSW and has played Hot Docs, Best of Hot Docs, Seattle, Silverdocs, Bonnaroo, Munich, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Vienna, St. Louis, Woodstock and many other great festivals and won a special jury prize at CIMMFest. The film has been positively reviewed and mentioned in Variety, Billboard, Rolling Stone and the Hollywood Reporter. Prior to Charles Bradley: Soul of America, Brien directed a music video for “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” for Bradley which has generated over 2 million views online and played in rotation on Vh1. He also directed and edited a music video for “Heartaches and Pains,” Bradley’s second single which premiered on RollingStone.com. Brien’s shorts include: For Caroline, a 35 mm short film shot by DP Frank DeMarco (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and licensed by IFC; Prom Date, a short documentary about internet dating which played at SXSW and Tribeca and was licensed by Current TV and Sundance Celebrity Swag Hunt, which explored the bizarre world of celebrity gifting and premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival. Brien has written several feature length scripts and has directed and/or edited numerous commercials and corporate videos. He lives in Brooklyn and is currently working on several documentary and scripted projects.