Los Angeles filmmaker/musician Hans Fjellestad has produced and shot on location throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Europe, Australia, Japan, Afghanistan and Haiti filming hundreds of interviews and numerous concerts, live events and documentary film projects. His award-winning work has screened in theaters and festivals worldwide and on Showtime, ABC, Netflix, MTV, Sony M-ON! Japan, Adult Swim, Amazon Prime, Virgin Produced Channel, Arte, BET, PBS and BBC.
Hans directed/produced the feature-length documentary films Sunset Strip (2012), Moog (2004), Radio Caroline (2018), Sounding the Space (2014), When the World Breaks (2010), Frontier Life (2002) and was writer/producer for The Heart is a Drum Machine (2009), M-ON! Monthly Icon: L’Arc-en-Ciel (2012), Rock Camp (2021). His video production work also includes projects for Mode Records, GLAAD, Health Corps Haiti, Not Real Art, Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, California Roots Festival. He is lead producer at arts-oriented media production house Crewest Studio.
As faculty lecturer at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music since 2015, Hans specializes in music supervision for visual media. He has also lectured at Columbia University, Amherst College, San Francisco Art Institute, McGill University, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, National Taiwan University, Yebisu Music Conference Tokyo, Mexico’s Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City, Palomar College, Miami Art Central, Centro Cultural Tijuana and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
A classically trained pianist, Hans studied music at UCSD (BA in Music, 1993) and has composed original scores for theater, dance and film. He has recorded and performed extensively, touring in over a dozen countries. He was artist-in-residence at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood 2008-2011, where he curated and hosted the live music series ResBox, and is a recording artist/partner at independent music label Accretions.