Photography and Film, 1990 - 1999

Photography and Film, 1990 - 1999

Natalie works as a fashion stylist and costume designer for photography, television commercials, music videos, and film. With photographer Sissi Farassat, she directs her first short documentary film, “Fertility,” a seven-minute exploration of the relationship between women and fertility. In 1999, in collaboration with Fish Film, Vienna, Natalie and Sissi direct four 30-second television commercials to raise awareness about AIDS for Life Ball. This commercial campaign goes on to win an award for excellence in advertising. This work inspires and partially funds the making of the documentary film “Stitch.”

In November of 1999, Natalie embarks on a four-month sabbatical focused on writing, photography, film, and travel documentary. Beginning in her hometown of Florence, Alabama, traveling to Los Roques, and other parts of Venezuela, the trip culminates in a month of exploration in New York City.


Explore Sissi Farassat’s artwork via the Bildhalle Gallery here and follow her adventures @sissifarassat.
Learn more about Life Ball here.


Note: See images from Sissi Farassat’s Sioseh 17, photographed during the filming of Stitch, here. And see Sissi’s embroidered photographs titled “STITCHT” here.


Slide 1: Location scouting photos of Natalie Chanin during the work on the Life Ball awareness campaign, photographed by Wolfgang Tschofen, Vienna, 1999, photograph by Robert Rausch

Slide 2: Film still portraits from the Life Ball awareness campaign, 1999, Director of Photography, Sissi Farassat; Location scouting photos, photographed by Wolfgang Tschofen, Vienna,1999, photograph by Robert Rausch

Slide 3: Press photo of Sissi Farassat and Natalie Chanin for the “Fertility” film Schikaneder Kino release party, photographed by Udo Titz, 1997, photograph by Robert Rausch