Our latest event at saw the first in series named Under The Radar that aims to showcase latest work from promising directors to industry audience. Now we want to share who we think has potential to shake up the industry with you.
🌹 TEEQS 🌹
LOSING PATIENCE, EPISODE 1
Described as a ‘very mini web series,’ Losing Patience follows the misadventures of its beleaguered protagonist, Renee Patience, as she navigates a number of annoying little everyday situations from her home of Kingston, Jamaica. The whole season was shot back to back over the space of two days by Teeqs, (who is also an editor), with a small budget and an intensely talented team. Teeqs is currently working on season two in which Renee Patience doesn’t always get the last word. You can read an interview with Teeqs on the GiF website.
🌹 JESSY MOUSSALEM 🌹
ROMAN, MASHROU’ LEILA
Since graduating from the Lebanese Academy of Arts, Jessy Moussallem has picked up a string of accolades for bold and visceral work, often characterised by a sense of movement. Her video for pop band Mashrou’ Leila saw Jessy cast one hundred women in an ode to the strength and grace of ongoing feminist action in the Middle East. Centred around a dynamic dance performance, it’s easy to see why ‘Roman’ was chosen for a Vimeo Staff Pick, trended as Number One on YouTube, and received international recognition.
🌹 STELLA SCOTT 🌹
The youthful optimism present in Stella Scott’s ‘Reverie’ feels particularly poignant going into 2018, (when we can only hope we’ll see at least some improvement on the political disarray that has de ned our last two years). Stella’s candid lm and photography series captures the dreams and aspirations of young people as they come to terms with being the generation who will inevitably shoulder the weight of post-Brexit Britain. As always, Stella’s treatment of dreams vs realities in ‘Reverie’ is executed with beauty and allure.
🌹 ANDREA MAE PEREZ 🌹
Having recently graduated from UAL in lm & television studies, Spanish and American-Ecuadorian Andrea Mae Perez is developing her photography and lm practice through exploration of magical realism. GiF were excited to premiere Andrea’s lm Desert-ar on our website, a magical tale of loneliness set against a deserted Spanish landscape. It was the second GiF feature for Perez, and we’re really looking forward to seeing more from this young talent.
🌹 MATILDA FINN 🌹
OBONGJAYAR - ENDLESS
Director and photographer Matilda Finn is known for creating visceral, visual landscapes. Signed to FRIEND London, she recently picked up Best New Director at the UKMVAs for her work with Danny Brown, Bicep, and tonight’s piece – Obongjayar’s ‘Endless’. Creating a surreal, ritualistic vision for the London-based artist’s track – which is about ‘living forever’ – Matilda’s dreamlike treatment is ttingly playing a part in building her own legacy in the lm world
🌹 ELENA PARASCO 🌹
From Nike to the New York Times, Elena has directed and creative directed work for an enviable client list from her home base of New York. Last year, her spot for Nike Air Force 1, ‘Locker Room Talk’ was a finalist for Best Branded Content of the Year, while downtowngirlsbball a lm she made for i-D magazine was named finalist in the 2017 One Screen New York Film Festival in Experimental Filmmaking. The compelling portrait of a gender uid, artist-based NY basketball team, focuses on capturing the mindscape of the female athlete. Elena looks to integrate feminist lm theory into her editing approach, sculpting a new point-of- view of women protagonists on film.
Since her graduation lm ‘Lina’ picked up silver at the Cannes Young Directors Awards, Barcelona-based director Nur Casadevall has made a pro i c impact on the fashion industry, with lms for the likes of Vogue, Nowness, Número, Tentaciones el Pais and Dream magazine, picking up milions of online views along the way. In Wet the objects ‘speak of worlds unseen, of an erotic pulse submerged in a tale made of contrasts’. Nur is currently working on a short lm and feature.
Kirsten Lepore is an LA-based director and animator, and alumna of CalArts. She recently wrote and directed an Annie & Emmy-winning stop-motion episode for Cartoon Network’s hit show, Adventure Time, and her films have taken top prizes at numerous festivals. Between generally winning and giving talks around the world, she casually made one of the best and weirdest viral lm of 2017 - Hi, Stranger. She’s currently animation directing an indie feature film.