Janicza Bravo has been directing and writing innovative content since her VICE produced short, “Eat!” was released in 2011. The film debut stars indie darling Katherine Waterston, known for her roles in Inherent Vice and Queen of Earth, and comedian Brett Gelman, who is also Janicza’s husband. In 2014, her short film Gregory Go Boom, starring Michael Cera, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and Janicza was named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Cinema.”
With a background in theater cultivated while studying direction, costumes, and set design at New York University, Janicza fearlessly embraces new forms, genres, and technologies. Hard World for Small Things was her first turn to virtual reality, premiered at Sundance in January of 2016 and was also the highlight of Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade that same year. The live-action short offers viewers a backseat to what appears to be an average ride among friends to a neighborhood deli but quickly becomes a shocking look at police violence in Los Angeles.
The following year, she directed the first episode of season three for Kate Spade’s hit branded content series #missadventure. The video has over seven million views on YouTube and stars the Academy Award nominated Rosie Perez and comedic actress Anna Faris. In 2018, Janicza directed Act IX of Gucci’s video series The Performer, featuring playwright Jeremy O. Harris who uses clothes as a point of entry for discussing his thoughts surrounding his identity as being both black and queer.
Janicza has also directed episodes for acclaimed television series, including Atlanta, LOVE, Divorce, and Dear White People.