Erin Brethauer is an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker and photographer based in San Francisco, CA and Asheville, NC. Her first feature film, Last Men Standing, was co-directed with Tim Hussin, while on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle. The documentary, a first for the newspaper, explores the physical and psychological effects of being a long-term HIV survivor and was screened at major LGBTQ+ film festivals worldwide. The film, along with a weekly video series she co-directed called The Regulars, were awarded regional Emmy Awards. Before moving to the Bay Area, Brethauer was a staff photojournalist in small town newspapers such as the Asheville Citizen-Times in North Carolina for nearly a decade. Both her film and still photography work are recognized by Pictures of the Year International, Magenta Flash Forward, American Photography and can be found in publications such as California Sunday Magazine, National Geographic, The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Her current work explores the personal effects of climate change and life after incarceration. Brethauer is a 2020 SFFILM FilmHouse Resident and is working with Hussin on a feature documentary about a group of residents in Paradise, California following the Camp Fire.
To see her film work, visit www.thislandfilms.com and for her still photography, visit www.erinbrethauer.com.