Thorsten is a Brooklyn and Cambridge based Cinematographer and Director making documentary films and commercials.
Thorsten's' most recent work premiered at the 2021 Hamptons Film Festival with the Academy Award shortlisted documentary "The First Wave" directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman. Thor's work also premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival with the film “Boys State” directed by Academy Award nominated filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBain. “Boys State" was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Thor received a Cinema Eye Honor award in 2021 for his work on Liz Gabus's HBO series "Ill be gone in the Dark".
Thor is member of the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the NYC Kamera Kollektiv, a boutique agency for documentary cinematographers.
Working on documentaries for theatrical release and primetime television Thorsten is passionate in making films that illuminate the human condition and bring about social change. Thor specializes in intimate character studies and Vérité projects.
Thorsten grew up in southern Germany leaving his small town at the age of 16 to pursue his passion of film. He dropped out of school to study the craft of both editing and cinematography, learning from some of the most accomplished documentary film makers in the country.
Thorsten has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in both the largest cities and the most desolate regions of the world. Over a period of more than a decade Thorsten was based in Cairo, Tunis, Washington DC, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. He made documentaries about the political changes and the dynamic social challenges, including a year long stay in Iraq during the war in 2003.
Thorsten is fluent in English, German, Spanish and and speaks Portuguese.