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  • Community Films Welcomes Comedy Director Aleysa Young To The Company’s Diverse Talent Roster

    Community Films Welcomes Comedy Director Aleysa Young To The Company’s Diverse Talent Roster

    Comedy Director Aleysa Young has joined Community Films. Young becomes part of a diverse roster of directorial talent that includes: Marius Crowne, Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Emil Möller, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Tweel, Albert Uria, and Clay Williams.

    “Aleysa’s work is fresh and funny, and the entire Community family was immediately drawn to it,” says EP/Partner Lizzie Schwartz. “Everyone laughed, because the work captures many of the hilarious truths about our modern lives,” adds EP/Partner Carl Swan. “We are very happy to have Aleysa join us and look forward to creating a lot more together.”

    Director Aleysa Young spent her formative years between Vancouver, Montreal and Indonesia, and came to directing thru her work as a Casting Director and as a producer of RESFest Canada. Today, she works as a Director splitting time between Toronto and Los Angeles. She has directed spots for such brands as Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Caramilk, Molson, McDonald’s, and Subway. Her work has been recognized by such awards as Cannes Lions, Bessies, Marketing Awards, Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, Shark Awards, Boards Top 10 Emerging Talents in Toronto, Shoot New Directors Showcase, to name a few.

  • Community Films Welcomes International Director Albert Uria

    Community Films Welcomes International Director Albert Uria

    Community Films has welcomed international Director Albert Uria to the company’s diverse roster of talent for representation in the U.S. Originally from Spain, Uria splits his time between Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Barcelona. He joins a directorial roster at Community Films, which includes: Marius Crowne, Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Emil Möller, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Tweel, and Clay Williams.

    Before learning the tools of the trade as a Director, he studied at the Photography Institute of Barcelona. His enthusiasm and his passion for discovering new talent led him to produce four short films and direct two of them, earning several awards including a nomination for the Spanish Academy Film Awards. Commercials quickly followed and he founded Garage Films in 2003. Now based in Europe, South America and the U.S. since then, he has directed for brands such as Nike, Ikea, Ford, Nissan, Honda, X-Box, Motorola and VW, leading him to be a three-time finalist in the Cannes Lions Festival and winning 10 advertising worldwide awards like FIAP/NY and Golden AMPE. His profound interest for the human condition led him to study at the Government School of Harvard and to direct his first award-winning documentary “NY Showcase.” The combination of all his passions has developed Albert’s highly aesthetic visual style.

    “When I was a kid, I loved imagining stories and building blanket forts in my room with my brother,” concludes Director Albert Uria. “Without really being aware of it, we felt safe at home, taken care of, so I could play with no boundaries. I’m not a kid anymore but I still love playing and creating. Lizzie and Carl have made me feel safe and free to have fun at Community. So, I am.”

  • Community Films Director Clay Tweel's Inspirational Doc "Gleason" Receives Theatrical Release

    Community Films Director Clay Tweel's Inspirational Doc "Gleason" Receives Theatrical Release

    Earlier this year, Director Clay Tweel signed with national commercial production company Community Films. This summer sees the theatrical release of his inspirational documentary “Gleason” about former NFL player Steve Gleason and his family’s struggle with his diagnosis of ALS. The film made its overwhelmingly successful debut at the Sundance Film Festival 2016 with U.S. rights purchased by Amazon Studios and Open Road Films just days after the festival. The film opens nationwide in theaters this summer and will be streamed this fall on Amazon.com. 

    “Steve and Michel's story is powerful,” notes Community Films’ Executive Producer/Partner Lizzie Schwartz. “But that doesn't mean it is an easy one to tell. Clay was able to take thousands of hours of footage and from that tease out a deeply moving story that gives you the viewer an insight into what it is to rise to a challenge like ALS. And do so in a way that you can't take your eyes off the screen.”

  • Community Films’ Director Pam Thomas’ “Dad-Do’s” Pantene Campaign Shines at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2016

    Community Films’ Director Pam Thomas’ popular “Dad-Do’s” campaign entitled “Strong is Beautiful” has received a series of prestigious awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2016, including Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions Awards. Launched the week of Super Bowl 50, the delightful campaign features NFL star players doing their daughters’ hair. Thomas collaborated closely with the award-winning creative team at ad agency Grey/New York.

    “Pantene ‘Strong is Beautiful’ was such an amazing project to work on,” says Community Films’ Pam Thomas. “As the Director working with NFL players and their daughters, I had the opportunity to see the message of the campaign in action. I heard the Dads say how important it was to spend time with their daughters, but I could see from their interactions that this was real. It was vital creative that came from the team at Grey, but one of the things that made this campaign work so well is that it rang true. I am grateful I was part of it.”

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  • Community Films' Director Matt Smukler Celebrates Deutsche Bahn's 25th Anniversary in New International Spot

    Matt Smukler of Community Films has directed a moving, new commercial for Deutsche Bahn celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The spot takes us on a soccer fan’s journey where he connects from point A to point B using Deutsche Bahn’s railway. The connection, however, goes farther than the miles in this love story.

    “Working with BBDO/Berlin and their fearless clients at DB was one of the highlights of my career to date,” says Director Matt Smukler, who was short-listed for an AICP Award this year for “Best Direction.” “The goal was to celebrate Deutsche Bahn’s 25th anniversary with an emotional and entertaining love story. I hope we succeeded. We’re up to 2.6 million hits so far on YouTube since it launched.”

     

  • Community Films Signs Director Marius Crowne

    Community Films has signed Director Marius Crowne to the company’s diverse roster of talent. Crowne joins Community in the midst of being selected for the prestigious “New Director Showcase” by “Shoot Magazine.” The Director will be featured in a panel discussion at the DGA in New York this Thursday, May 26th. 

    “Community seems to be one of the only production companies out there that has a stable of Directors that are all doing something different,” says Crowne. “Each one of us has a clear, distinct vision, and I love the idea that when I get put up for a job, it’s because I’m the best person for the job -- that my style was right for the client -- rather than just being a face in a crowd of very similar looking faces.”

    Crowne joins a roster of directorial talent at Community Films, which includes Directors Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Tweel, Clay Williams, and Emil Möller.

    To view Director Marius Crowne’s reel at Community Films, go here

  • Community Films Welcomes Director Clay Tweel After The Successful Sundance Debut of His Doc "Gleason"

    Community Films welcomes Director Clay Tweel to the company’s diverse roster of talent. Tweel joins Community right on the heels of the successful debut at the Sundance Film Festival of his feature-length documentary “Gleason.” The doc focuses on former NFL player Steve Gleason and his family’s struggle with his diagnosis of ALS. The film’s U.S. rights were purchased by Amazon Studios and Open Road Films just days after the Sundance Film Festival. “Gleason” also received the 2016 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award for “Festival Favorites.”

    “I am thrilled to join the creative roster at Community Films,” says Tweel. “I have been a fan of their innovative commercials for years and I feel honored to work with such a strong team.”

    “Clay is such a special talent,” explains Community Films’ Executive Producer/Partner Lizzie Schwartz. “He is a wonderful storyteller who can take on such powerful subject matter and make it moving, surprising and funny all at the same time. We believe his talent, honed in documentary filmmaking, will make an easy translation to commercial and branded content projects.”

    A native Virginian living in L.A., Clay Tweel made his directorial debut on the documentary “Make Believe,” chronicling six teenagers battling to become the world’s best teen magician, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the LA FILM FEST in 2010 and is currently running on Showtime Networks. Clay’s next film, “Print the Legend,” premiered at SXSW and was awarded the Special Jury Recognition for Storytelling and Editing. The film was bought by Netflix Originals and premiered in theaters and online in late 2014. His next film, “Finders Keepers,” premiered at Sundance 2015 to rave reviews and was bought by the Orchard. Clay was back at Sundance again this year with the film “Gleason,” which will be released later this year both theatrically and on Amazon streaming services.

    To view Director Clay Tweel’s reel at Community Films, click here.

  • Community Films' Director Pam Thomas Proves "Dad-Do's" Can Work! For Pantene During Super Bowl 50 Week

    Community Films’ Director Pam Thomas has shattered all stereotypes by proving that “Dad-Do’s” can work! Completing a delightful, new commercial campaign for Pantene featuring NFL star players doing their daughters’ hair; Thomas collaborated closely with the creative team at ad agency Grey/New York. The new campaign launched last week, just in time for Super Bowl 50.

    To view the new Pantene spot, go here:
    http://www.communityfilms.com/whats-new/strong-is-beautiful-pantene-pam-thomas/

    “It's rare that you get inspiring creative combined with a great social message,” says Community Films’ Director Pam Thomas. “I have had the opportunity to do that twice with the team from Grey. Not only was this script incredible but the players and their girls were amazing. The key that makes it all work -- a simple message. Strong is beautiful. It is.”

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