Tag Archive: Sami’s Picks

AMBER SCHAEFER x THE MARTIN AGENCY x KAYAK

Sometimes, we all just need a change of scenery. Director Amber Schaefer‘s latest work for Kayak, created with Free The Bid pledged agency The Martin Agency, taps into those moments where our current surroundings are just…not cutting it. A rainy wait in line for a porta-potty becomes a conga line, [...]

JOYA BERROW & LUCY JANE – SURF GIRLS JAMAICA

Premiering yesterday on the Real Stories documentary channel, “Surf Girls Jamaica,” a short film by the director duo Joya Berrow and Lucy Jane, focuses on Imani Wilmot, a Jamaican surfer who uses the sport as a means of transforming the lives of the women around her, in Kingston and surrounding [...]

EMMA WESTENBERG x TROYE SIVAN – LUCKY STRIKE

When it comes to capturing the feeling of impossibly fun, sun-drenched days on film, Emma Westenberg is an unparalleled pro. Last year, Emma became a household name (well, at least…in the households of anyone who loves incredible music videos) with her hot pink desert dreamscape for Janelle Monae‘s pussy-power anthem [...]

ABBIE STEPHENS – OBSERVATIONS ON RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships and their attending woes have the potential to unleash some pretty bonkers behavior from even the most well-adjusted among us. Director Abbie Stephens, signed to Blink, delightfully skewers some of the wackier aspects of love and coupledom in her Channel 4-commissioned short film, “Observations On Relationships”. Filtered through a [...]

HERE’S THE WORK: OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2018

2018 is drawing to a close – and what a year it’s been! We’re so incredibly proud of the women filmmakers in our Free The Bid family, who have been busy creating groundbreaking, award-worthy work all year long! If you’re looking for a refresher on what our community has been [...]

CHLOE COETSEE x NANDOS

Unconscious bias is a subject rarely broached in advertising – in the pressure cooker of today’s global political climate, many brands shy away from addressing sensitive issues at all.  But like it or not, stereotypes are a part of life for everyone, which is why “#YouPeople,” South African director Chloe [...]

NINA HOLMGREN – RIGHT TO PLAY

As the founder of the first all-women’s soccer team in her native Afghanistan, Khalida Popal refused to take no for an answer in pursuit of her dream. Even when facing death threats, she remained undeterred; in addition to her own career on the field, she founded the non-profit organization Girl Power, [...]

ALLIE AVITAL – CHROMEO, DON’T SLEEP

It’s a classic music video trope – a camera panning over an expanse of undulating (usually…female) bodies. In “Don’t Sleep,” Allie Avital‘s latest work for Chromeo (featuring French Montana and Stefflon Don), the Partizan director playfully unpacks visual expectations for the genre, filling the halls of a cavernous mansion with [...]

CHRISTINE YUAN x MERCEDES x ANTONI

When it comes to excitement, passion, and love, getting “almost” there is never really good enough. Director Christine Yuan‘s latest work for Mercedes, created with newly Free The Bid-pledged agency Antoni, explores some of  life’s best moments – wild nights out at karaoke, flashlight beach camping, a magical first kiss [...]

CHARLOTTE REGAN – DODGY DAVE

Traditionally, on-screen representations of drug dealers are dark, dramatic, and violent. However, sometimes the job of dealing drugs can be…just as mundane as any other job. British director Charlotte Regan showcases this reality in in her short film “Dodgy Dave,” taking viewers along through the minutiae of a drug dealer’s [...]

KATERINA JEBB

Artist and filmmaker Katerina Jebb finds weighty resonances within the footsteps of passersby for “CHAMPS-ELYSEES SUMMER 2018,” her short film created for luxury French shoe company J.M. Weston. A cacophony of richly layered voices – activists, historical figures, and more – are woven together beneath footage of pedestrian’s feet, a [...]

HANNAH LUX DAVIS – THANK U, NEXT

Last Friday, Hannah Lux Davis broke the internet. When the London Alley director’s video for Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next,” dropped, it smashed the record for most Vevo views within a 24 hour period (55.4 million…!). If that wasn’t impressive enough, the video’s impact even caused a weekend-long spike in [...]

CHIARA CLEMENTE x ARTSY x UBS

The Artsy x UBS series “Breaking Glass,” directed by Chiara Clemente, is a refreshing reminder that despite systemic biases in every creative field, there are brilliant women working to push the needle forward for representation everywhere. “I don’t think that ambition is different between men and women,” remarks Paola Antonelli, [...]

RAINE ALLEN MILLER x SECRET x WIEDEN+KENNEDY

When given the choice between relatively ineffectual gestures toward female empowerment and a raise, the decision for most women is clear: “I’d rather get paid!” Unfortunately, the sad truth is that women in the U.S. are still paid 20% less than men – the numbers only get worse for women [...]

1.4 AWARDS – 2018

(l-r) Charlotte Regan, Knucklehead MD Tim Katz, Ore Okenedo, and freelance EP Katie Dolan at the 1.4 awards party   Last week, the 1.4 Awards Showcase and party took place on Wednesday, November 21st at The Oval Space in London. “1.4’s criteria for brilliant filmmaking is for those pieces that [...]