The Storm

In an era overrun by data overload, Protean Films pursues resonant sounds and images to shape dynamic, engaging narratives.

We adapt to the demands of story, location, and audience. Based in New York, we are a client-focused multimedia company collaborating with a broad network of high-achieving media professionals. We aim to be nimble and to efficiently scale our workflow to meet the needs of clients large and small.

Beyond original filmed material, we leverage the power of archival footage, powerful original and published music and photography, and new graphic visuals in creative, engaging formats. We seek to move beyond shopworn narrative clichés and consistently uncover fresh and inspiring storytelling approaches.


For over 20 years, Protean Films’ producer Michael Hanna has worked on productions for ABC News, CNN/HLN, PBS, National Geographic, A&E, MTV, History Channel, Smithsonian HD, and HBO.

Protean Films’ recent clients include large companies such as Random House Children’s Books, The New York Times, and Constellation Wines as well as NGOs and non-profits including the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, The Revenue Watch Institute, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. Protean Films worked with the acclaimed photojournalists of VII Photo producing the video component of VII Magazine on pieces that were then picked up by the PBS series Need To Know. In 2005, Hanna served as lead editor of PBS Frontline’s Emmy Award–winning investigation, The Storm, produced by Martin Smith of Rain Media. Featuring interviews with key figures, the documentary explored the failure of local and national political leadership during the humanitarian crisis post-Hurricane Katrina.

Over the last decade, Hanna worked as a producer, director, camera operator, editor and supervisor on popular lifestyle, comedy and investigative programs for ABC News, CNN/HLN, A&E, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, TruTV, TLC, and others. Additional documentary editing includes work for History Channel, National Geographic, a Smithsonian HD special Uncommon Courage, set during the Korean War, and earlier on Gotham Fish Tales, The Sundance Channel’s quirky look at fishing and water quality issues in NYC boundary waters. Hanna co-edited the New York Times/Frontline co-production Looking For Answers, about the roots of Al-Qaeda, which won a duPont-Columbia Gold Baton award.



Sam Henriques won a prime-time Emmy for the Academy nominated documentary The Farm about Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. He’s filmed with us on many of our projects including The Case for Justice.

The intrepid Marcus Lehmann is ready for any situation, whether filming in the south pole or our studio interview with an unpredictable William Shatner.


Robert Miller trained with William Schumann and Aaron Copland and you can hear their influence in the music for our video about Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters written by President Barack Obama.


Blacklist is a premiere NYC animation company led Adina Sales and Andrew Linsk. Blacklist and their animation team Holbrooks partnered with Protean Films on a series of animated trailers for the fantasy book series The Emerald Atlas.[/toggle]


Amit Sethi’s titles and graphics wizardry can seen in such films as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Big Lebowski, and on Protean Films’ Peace vs Justice: A False Dilemma.