Landon Van Soest

Van Soest, Landon

  • Position: Director
  • Company: For Ahkeem

Landon Van Soest is an Emmy Award-winning director, Fulbright Scholar, and two-time Sundance Fellow. His work strives to present social commentary through rich characters and innovative, immersive narratives. His latest feature documentary For Ahkeem tells the coming-of-age story about a Black teenage girl in North St. Louis beginning one year before the fatal shooting of a Black teen in nearby Ferguson. For Ahkeem premiered at the 2017 Berlinale and will come to the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs this April. Landon's previous film Good Fortune, a feature documentary about two Kenyans battling large-scale foreign aid projects they say are causing them more harm than benefit, broadcast in primetime on POV and was recognized with several awards for production and promoting social justice, including a national Emmy Award. He is currently directing Light Darkness Light, a feature documentary that tracks the life-altering experience of a blind man who receives a bionic eye and learns to see again after thirty years of blindness. Landon has also directed commercial content for brands like Facebook, Toyota, Ben & Jerry’s, and Nationwide in addition to Non-Profits like the Young Women’s Leadership Network, Dramatists Guild, and Lincoln Center. He is a co-founder of Transient Pictures, a full-service production company in Brooklyn, NY, and the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, a not-for-profit group of 50 professional filmmakers who come together weekly for feedback and support.