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Shane Thomas McMillan is a filmmaker and photographer investigating human connections to eachother and to the planet.


As a director of photography Shane has shot both short and feature-length films in over 25 countries since 2015. His work with an environmental focus has sprung from collaborations with organizations like the Jane Goodall Institute, Ecosia, and the Association for Wildlife Protection, among others. His images haves been featured in pieces for Vox, BBC, and Arte.


Feature films that Shane has participated in include the award winning documentary Can’t Be Silent, in which he worked as director's and editor's assistant. He later worked for the first time as a cinematographer with director Samer Halabi Cabezón on the independently produced documentary Strassensamurai.

From 2014 to 2015, Shane was an instructor of documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. From 2016 to 2017, he was the studio manager to the artist Nan Goldin. In 2020 he directed his first mid-length film Carbon Bomb, a 45-minute documentary made in partnership with the German nonprofit Urgewald.

Shane’s journalistic work has been featured in The New York Times, the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, Indian Country Today, Slate, NPR, and PRI’s The World.

Since 2019 Shane has been a lecturer at the German Journalism School.

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