The Filmmaker

Brian Kimmel is the Principal and Director of Photography for Optic Nerve Productions.  Brian has been making films about people’s livelihoods and their connections to extraordinary food and drink for over twenty years.  His career as a culinary cinematographer began while filming The Kitchen Sessions, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Cooking Show in America.  From Brian's hometown in Portland, Oregon to the coffee farms of Rwanda, his film and photography work have taken him around the world for documentary and commercial projects.  His approach to filmmaking captures the intention of the storytellers in front of the camera, sharing their purpose and connection to place.  To see Brian’s portfolio of past work, visit