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Steven has a thing for exalting the natural, infusing it with style, narration and energy. He is an alchemist of sorts. He injects in each film a substance and personality, making it unique and memorable. With a wicked sense of rhythm.
Born in the 80s, Steven is an early bloomer. In 6th grade, he starts capturing the world with his camera in a summer camp. Fascinated by the process, young Steven buys a bunch of photography books at Barnes and Nobles and analyzes them frantically. He builds his first dark room from scratch in 8th grade from a closet and a bathroom sink.
Inspired by the work of Magnum and street photographers, he gets his BFA in photojournalism and starts working for Bloomberg news. Soon, he shifts to photography, working with NYc top photographers and winning the Art and Commerce festival of emerging photographers in 2011. But Steven really finds his call in directing lifestyle narratives and fashion and beauty films, soon building a distinctive style with a sense of movement and humor that pervades through his whole work.
What makes his film special is the way he approaches them, the way he looks at the world. Most of the time what goes through his head is “how things would look as pictures. Basically, I think about making pictures in a world of pictures.”
His most recent obsession: trying to touch his toes. The last thing he googled: fake teeth for dogs. The key to his work: inspiration.
Steven is based in New York, but will go anywhere to work with his clients, them being Hermès, Converse, Vogue, Nike, Sony, Columbia, working with Elle Fanning, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Schwartzman, Gigi Hadid or Georgia May Jagger. What Steven does is capture a spirit, a story, inspired by his subject, background and objects. Brahms is THE rising star and director to watch in 2018.The one that gives each film that “je ne sais quoi, that extra sparkle that you can’t explain but that makes you crave for more.
Jack Cole started his film career with a high profile comedy short “Practice makes perfect”, that immediately gained many awards and attention (London film festival award, "young director’s award" shortlist, Shots new directors reel…).
Boosted by this stimulating debut, he has developed a strong taste for comedy films, with a special knack for those involving a post that is so naturally blended in the history that you could swear it’s for real. In terms of ostriches, he is more into real ones than computer-generated ones because they are better comedy material.
He is also a passionate photographer with an eye for powerful compositions, atmospheres and visual storytelling. That may explain why his films are so visually striking. You may think he is American, but he is not, Jack is 100% British (or so we’ve heard), London based (that’s for sure).
His client list includes Reebok, Panasonic, Subaru, Stride Gum, Google or Sixt among many others.
Max is known for his stunning visuals, gripping storytelling, and his way of bringing his particular vision to films, making each piece unique. That's why he is one of the best commercial directors of the moment.
He started in the boiling 90’s, working in commercial and music with some great artists such as Madonna, Jamiroquai or Metallica. He perfected his craft and talent working as an assistant director with Jonas Akerlund, started co-directing with fashion photographer Robert Nettarp, and finally rose as a director on his own.
Recognition and awards came fast with a Cannes gold lion for his ESPN campaign. Awards have kept coming as Max’s filmography has developed with brands including Ikea, VW, Eurocard, Toyota or Carlsberg among others. As talented and prolific as he is, he directs DA, beauty, or comedy films, you name it, there is nothing that Max can't make even better than what you imagined in your wildest dreams.
Most recently, Max has directed an exhilarating interactive film for Carlsberg, "Where is the party". Engage in the interactive experience here: Where is the Party - interactive film
Carissa Gallo is a photographer and director hailing from San Diego. She now lives and works between Los Angeles and New York. She is self taught- which shows through in her unique and fresh perspective. Carissa is interested in how humans interact with color, surfaces, and each other. She travels often to keep her mind engaged and add new colors and faces to her memory. Carissa’s background in photography started from a young age and quickly garnered alteration in the fashion world. She has shot stories for Vogue, British Vogue, Allure, and Harpers Bazaar. This has fostered a unique vision that allows her to create an environment that feels elevated yet relatable. She has worked with brands such as Adidas, Reebok, and Starbucks.
Gal Muggia is an up-to date creative director, a pure product of the digital age. His unique visual perception is combined with a deep understanding of the post-production world.
His latest Coldplay music video, a montage of powerful and surrealist images alluding to contemporary issues, became a worldwide viral phenomenon upon its release in May 2016. It gathered more than 60 million views in just a few days.
Bred and educated in the music video world since he was 20 years old, Gal has since gained experience in advertising, series, content, piling viral film after viral film. Now in his 30s, identified by the “Up & Up” phenomenon, Gal is a rising star ready to bring to each film creativity, inspiration, and astounding visuals. He lives between London and Tel Aviv, and just so you know, he’s also a little Italian. And passionate about what he does. And impossibly nice.
Born in Stockholm in the late 70s, Amir first made a name for himself as a member of the Swedish cult-band Infinite Mass. It all started as he began exploring and creating the visual world of the group, his first venture into becoming an international director. In 2002 Amir became the third director of RAF (Renck Akerlund Films). He received an MTV Best Music Video Award 2 years later for The Cardigans video "You’re The Storm".
In 2006 Amir Chamdin made his cinematic debut with the film "God Willing", which starred Nina Persson from The Cardigans and Amir himself. Side note, in 2018 he stills looks just the same. After watching the film, Jack White (The White Stripes), gave Amir permission to record a new version of their song “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” for the theme song. “God Willing looks like no other Swedish film of recent years′′ says Variety Magazine. Amir Chamdin’s second film Cornelis went straight to No 1 at the Swedish box office.
Amir also became a renowned fashion and beauty director, working very close to international brands, most notably for H&M, but also IKEA, MTV, Adidas, Mango, Sonia Rykiel... He has directed several viral campaigns with stars such as Andrea Diaconu, Gisele Bündchen, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Freja Beha, Adriana Lima , Nathasha Poly, and many others.
Music composing has always been in Amir’s vision. His strong sense of rhythm, phasing and structure gives each and every film a vibe that makes it more than just a beauty moment. Plus he creates an incredible atmosphere on set with his legendary mix-tapes. Eternally young and efficiently calm, Amir channels his energy and charisma into capturing the most unique, genuine and unforgettable performances.
Based in Los Angeles and London, Brit director Jason Smith’s ever-present desire for developing new narratives and techniques has resulted in an award-winning body of work that spans many genres. Always at the core: a unique and bold visual style that he combines with strong performance, often effortlessly blended with complex post.
Jason spent his childhood growing up in countries as diverse as Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan and Greece. Travelling and exploring different cultures has always been an important focus of his life that truly ignited his career. After sailing across the Atlantic, Jason’s directorial debut was a documentary about local life in the Caribbean and his subsequent short film on Barcelona sold to MTV.
Commercials were quick to follow. That same year he was nominated for new director of the year at Cannes. He has since gone on to direct many commercials for clients including Nike, Coca-Cola, Mitsubishi, Ford, Audi, Sony amongst others. His Nike and Audi Campaigns have won the prestigious AICP award and have featured at the MOMA in New York. Jason has also won numerous Cannes Lions, BTAA, and has received many D&AD nominations.
Benjamin’s body of work always transcends reality, re-imagining it, taking it to a whole new level: captivating, cinematic, profoundly human. A fresh blend of the beautiful and the bizarre.
Ben has the ability to mesh together subtle post-production, striking visuals and powerful storytelling. Whether it’s absurd comedy or a twirl of emotions, Ben will get you there no matter what. It’s more than just film, it’s a journey, a whole new world.
Ben Steiger Levine has been dreaming about escaping from a very young age. That’s why he got into cinema studies right on, at the Concordia University and Institut National de l’Image et du Son (INIS) in Canada, getting grants and scholarships early on. His shorts, music videos and commercials got him award after award, S&S director showcase, Grammy nomination, Bronze Lion Award at Cannes in 2015 for his Samsung animated short presented on 74 screens, and many more.
Ben has put his flourishing imagination and exponential skills to work for brands such as Sprite, Kellogg’s, Samsung, Coca Cola, McDonald’s… He now lives between LA and Montreal, impatient to get to a new adventure, looking ahead for the next provocative, challenging project. Hop in, Ben will take you to wherever you wanna go and even beyond.
Mathieu came to international fame with La Haine, critically acclaimed and awarded at the Cannes film festival and French Cesars. Following the worldwide success of Les Rivieres Pourpres, a dark thriller with Vincent Cassel and Jean Reno, producer Joel Silver asks him to direct Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr in Gothika. He then directed Babylon A.D. and more recently L'Ordre et la Morale in which he starred.
On top of directing, Mathieu is also a sought after actor who has worked with great director such as Steven Spielberg, Jean-Pierre Jeunet or Costa-Gavras. He is now considered to be one of the most talented directors and actors of his generation and has succeeded in reaching the top of the box office while being critically acclaimed.
2017 was an inspired year for Jeroen with his Batman Warchild surrealist moving tale, and his McDonald’s film celebrating those who are bold enough to stay true to their mullet hairdo, lazy belly or good old Big Mac.
Jeroen’s approach is all about balance between reality and fiction, most of the time with a touch of humour that’s always inspired by what goes on in our crazy world.
Born and raised in a family of artists, Jeroen was just a kid when his grandpa gave him his very first camera. Little did he know that he was sparkling a director’s career that would be awarded with a Golden Eurobest, a Bronze Cannes Lion, a Golden Drum, an MTV award, a Bronze Lynx and recently for the Warchild ‘Batman‘ film, a Gold Cannes Lion (craft), a Silver Ciclope, a Silver LIA, a Silver Epica and a Bronze Clio (craft).
His creativity is fueled by his travels, passion and a taste for the unusual. His short film Cheap Ludes was featured at Sundance. Any project is a great adventure for Jeroen.
Luca Repola is a young director born and raised in New York City. A quintessential New Yorker if you will.
Luca has a bona fide touch to capturing life. Inspired by the fast pace of the city and the younger generations cravings of jumping from content to content, he emits a rhythm with a modernity, exuding an innate ability to sense the brand or personality and adapt to it. Embedded in the fashion world at the young age of 14, he started to film and edit runway shows and backstage videos with a mission to giving bland content new life. His fresh and innovative approach eventually lead him to relationships with strong personalities in the industry from the Hadid sisters to Ashley Graham, to Suki Waterhouse and Kendall Jenner, just to name a few.
His crafted style became a chameleon of its own creating content for a wide array of clients including: Barneys, Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kenzo, Pull&Bear, Tommy Hilfiger, and V Magazine. Having amassed millions of views on a variety of platforms, Lucas’ strong visual style has been acknowledged by a variety of publications, notably: V Magazine, GQ, Indiewire and the Atlantic.
Deadpan humor is one of the complex and most enigmatic comedy styles few can spawn in all it’s brilliance. In comes Jono Hunter, serving just what he himself embodies in his sketched out brilliant absurdist observations. Solidly rooted in dialogue, Jono remits performance-driven comedy with a touch of surrealism.
Jono is what one would call a "jack of all trades”— him being amongst other roles a director, writer, and a crackerjack of comedy performance. Absurd and quirky, his brand of storytelling and humor is occasionally deadpan and always unconventional.
Jono's youth was self-documented in the form of 35mm stills, Super 8 shorts, and punk rock. Hailing from carte-postale worthy Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, endowed him with an acuteness to beauty and an acclivity for storytelling. Naturally, he was quick to earn his stripes as full-fledged director, toying with gear during his time as a PA in Toronto.
Shortly after his impressive reel of award winning commercial work harnessed an array of awards and festival selections including a Young Director Award, a Bronze Lion at Cannes, a Webby and a Bessie. His career in a constant state of momentum, he directed, starred, and co-wrote the feature film 'Modern Classic'.
His talents anything but superfluous, when not filming he revels in concocting personal artwork for independent record labels and touring the globe with his two-piece lo-fi punk band.
"She radiates a fresh and distinctly female voice in film, with a touch of throwback faithfulness to the classic Hollywood greats."
"Choreographer of the moment." Vogue Magazine
Celia Rowlson-Hall graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance and Choreography. She immediately moved to New York on a fellowship from the Lincoln Center Institute for choreography and also began her career as a professional dancer, earning a prestigious Bessie Award for her performance.
She quickly moved into choreographing for film and television, working with directors such as Gaspar Noe and Lena Dunham. She has also choreographed VMA award winning music videos for bands such as MGMT, Chromeo, and Sleigh Bells and for fashion publications Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour.
Bringing her experience of choreography and performance to the screen, over the past few years Celia has written and directed over fifty short films and videos. These videos have garnered several awards including an Emmy nomination and have been screened at festivals such as SXSW, SFIFF, MFF, Rooftop Films, Glasgow, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, and art fairs such as the Armory Show, Performa, and the New Museum. Her feature film debut, MA, which she wrote, directed and stars in will have it’s World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. She was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, 2015.
Joan Sfar is a unique talent of his generation. Because he can take you beyond what you’ve seen in your wildest dreams. Because each and everyone of his visuals is exceptionally conceived. It’s a world in itself. It’s a journey. It transcends reality. It’s like nothing you’ve experienced before.
Joan was born in Nice in 1971, son of pop singer Lilou and renowned lawyer André Sfar who occasionally played piano in jazz bars. As soon as Joan could hold a pen in his hands, he started drawing. At 15, he was already sending one comic each month to all the editors in Paris. To please his dad, he got a Philosophy’s master’s degrees. He went to Paris’ Beaux Arts but soon decided to go and develop a style of his own, inspired by Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, Hugo Pratt, or Fred and André Franquin among others. At 23 he was published for the first time.
He is now considered one of the most important artists of the new wave of Franco-Belgian comics, a major and singular voice. Joan is a genuine artist, prolific and not afraid to explore new forms and subjects that never fail to get attention and awards (Angoulême, Césars…). Joan draws, paints, writes and directs. His first feature film “Gainsbourg, Vie Héroïque” was critically acclaimed and awarded all over the world.
Joan is the incessant and ultimate creator, inspired by his vast culture, profound passion and philosophical search. Everything he touches inevitably turns into gold. He’s the philosopher stone of directors.
Marco and Maria are a directing powerhouse that create content that shape how others see trends. Always ahead of the curve, this yin-yang duo find harmony and balance blending their two distinct approaches that deliver an unconventional modern perspective to the fashion world landscape.
Marco, initially a music major, has an aptness for marrying sound and image. He discovered his passion for filmmaking at the end of his music studies at the Istituto di Ricerca Musicale.
Drawing influence from a family breathing and working in fashion, it was inherent that she would be quite creative.
Though having met in 2005, the duo’s first collaboration came whilst at art university. The video without doubt went viral solidifying their young, emerging, visual style.
Since their first film, they have directed films for CR Fashion Book, Harper's Bazaar, Visionaire, Vogue Italia and Vogue Japan. Their commercial credits include Alberta Ferretti, Asics, Bottega Veneta, Diesel, Dsquared2, Missoni and Versace.
Marco and Maria can be found splitting their time between New York and Milan.
Lola Bessis is a French filmmaker and actress. At age 12, Lola was cast to play the lead in a short film. From that time, she knew she wanted to be on a film set when she grew up. Later, while attending some of the most prestigious international universities (University College London; La Sorbonne, Paris); The New School, NYU), she wrote and directed a dozen short films. At the same time, she trained as an actress, taking classes at Stella Adler (New York), Jack Waltzer (Paris), and Jordan Beswick (Paris).
After making the award-winning short film Checkpoint, Lola wrote, directed and starred in her first feature film, Swim Little Fish Swim, at the age of only 21. Shot in New York outside the mainstream circuits, the film was singled out at over 100 festivals including SXSW, Rotterdam, and Sao Paulo, and enjoyed wide theatrical release in several countries. It later played on HBO and Netflix among other international networks. It received critical acclaim while bringing Lola a great deal of media attention. According to The Hollywood Reporter, «Bessis has a natural screen presence that should ensure future work in romantic comedies». In a 2016 interview the magazine featured Lola as one of the 15 Hollywood Most Wanted up and coming actors.
She then pursued her acting career both in France and in the US starring in prestigious movies and TV shows and the indie US drama Thirst Street (Tribeca '17; Venice '17) which also starred Anjelica Huston.
In 2018 she played a lead in the Amazon mini-series Picnic At Hanging Rock alongside Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer and Orange is the New Black star Yael Stone.
On top of this, she has directed a short series for high fashion brand Chloé taking home the BFF Best Emerging Artist, FFM Best New Fashion Film and Best New Director, not including the numerous other awards and is about to direct her second feature film. She lives in Paris and Los Angeles.