Adam Sjoberg is a multi-faceted filmmaker and commercial director with a passion for telling stories that bridge the gap between popular culture and pressing global issues.
His directing and producing has taken him to over fifty countries and led to projects with Nas, 21 Savage, Bono, Kanye West, and Troy Polamalu, as well as bespoke brands like Warby Parker, Mini Cooper, and Apple.
His feature films include “The Falconer,” “I Am Sun Mu,” “Shake the Dust,” and the forthcoming “Songs of a Lost Island.”
His film, ” Falconer”, is part of BIFF 2022.
What was your first experience on a film set?
My first experience on a “set” was as a documentary filmmaker. The set was the streets Kampala, Bogota, Sana’a, and Pnomh Penh. But my first experience on a proper set was in 2015 when I was promoting that film (“Shake the Dust”) and was in a filmed talk with the rapper Nas in a sponsored collaboration between GE and my film.
What was the first film you directed/wrote?
“Shake the Dust” was my first feature film that I directed and wrote. It was a documentary film about hip-hop and breakdance culture in the streets of Uganda, Colombia, Yemen and Cambodia. The film’s theme was about ethical storytelling in misunderstood and misrepresented locations.
Who is your favorite filmmaker?
That’s a tough one, but if I had to pick I would say my favorite director is Darren Aronofsky.
What are you working on that no one knows about?
I’m currently finishing my fourth feature film, “Songs of a Lost Island,” about the NFL, American Samoa, colonization and music. I’m also writing a narrative feature called “Sweet Marge” about two women who sail from Portugal to Maine.