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 City, 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.


Our films harness a wide range of often complex subjects and challenging working environments:

We interviewed a key Egyptian activist as the tumultuous revolution unfolded and a former child soldier about the fundamental value of respecting human dignity.

Under tight media secrecy, we filmed as President Obama’s children’s book “Of Thee I Sing” went to press.

We partnered with the director of the new Broadway musical Motown on a powerful examination of race and religion using the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the Costa Rican rainforest, we captured gorgeous images of the ecosystem as our equipment dripped with ambient moisture.

In collaboration with illustrator Gordon Waltho, we created gripping original artwork and characters for the fantasy book series The Emerald Atlas.

We produced and hosted a tv talk show amidst the bustle and glamor of Fashion Week.

Our interviews with Nobel laureates, a former President and a TED prizewinner have cut straight to the heart of their important work and insights.

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


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 A&E, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, TruTV, TLC, and others. Additional documentary editing includes work for History ChannelNational 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.


Sonia Marcus has over 15 years of experience in bringing non-profit stories to life using a wide range of communication and evaluation tools. Sonia got her start in documentary film and video at Valkhn Film & Video editing programs


for The Learning Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel and PBS. She later served as a lead instructor at the Media Centre de Dakar training Senegalese youth in all aspects of issue-based film-making. During that time, Sonia also co-hosted a community radio show and produced and edited a number of short- and long-format videos including the feature documentary “Poussières de Ville” produced by Films du Crocodile and UNICEF.

Since returning to the United States in 2003, Sonia has focused her efforts on non-profit program development, management and evaluation specializing in environmental sustainability issues and local communities. Sonia currently provides evaluation services to Hudson River Sloop Clearwater as they seek to document and expand the gains associated with their education and outreach programs for school-aged children.


Martin coordinates client relations, talent casting, and scheduling. He attended Drexel University where here studied Entertainment and Arts Management. Prior to working at Protean Films, Martin worked as a production assistant and project coordinator in television and online media for Verizon, Microsoft, and The Food Network. In the past, Martin has spent time as an artist manager, having worked with several internationally touring bands, including The Wallflowers.


Protean Films is proud to work with a wide range of high caliber professionals who provide specific creative expertise depending on the requirements of the project.


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.


Ed Greenberg is an accomplished writer and graphic artist, as well as the founder of the production company Protean FIlms recently partnered with Ed on a Sustainable Cities Project for McKinsey & Company.


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.


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.