Anna Sandilands & Ewan McNicol are an American and English filmmaking duo who have been working together since 2005. Anna & Ewan are driven by a curiosity to reveal the unnoticed in everyday life. While their work fits some of the traditions of documentary vérité filmmaking, one of their aims is to find a deeper understanding and empathy by visually immersing in character and story in ways more often associated with cinematic fictional filmmaking.
Anna & Ewan’s work has been curated and screened at MOMA in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London and the National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, BFI London International Film Festival and SXSW. In 2015, Anna & Ewan were awarded the Albert Maysles Documentary Director Award at Tribeca for their documentary feature, Uncertain. The film received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Variety and The Guardian.
Anna & Ewan have created and produced renowned work with a variety of clients such as Airbnb, Apple, Google, Michelin, Nike, Nokia, Burt’s Bee’s and Walgreens. Their most recent campaign is “The State of US,” a series of mini-documentaries for Prudential Financial via Droga5 which gives an intimate look into the financial situations that exist across the country. From Memphis to Loma Linda to Monowi, Nebraska (population 1), Anna & Ewan use their signature documentary storytelling style to delve deeper into the lives of these individuals to uncover the personal challenges they face when saving for retirement. In collaborating with clients on commercial projects, Anna & Ewan apply the same rigorous attention to the real and unique elements of people’s stories that make them authentic. They are based in Portland, Oregon – along with their studio, Lucid Inc. – and work globally.