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TRIBECA x BVLGARI – SAVANAH LEAF, “LA QUARTA ONDA”

At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, two Free The Bid directors – Ro Haber and Savanah Leaf – were given the opportunity to premiere stunning short films as part of BVLGARI’s multi-year partnership with Tribeca Studios. Savanah’s film, “The Fourth Wave,” or “La Quarta Onda,” focuses on 22 year old [...]

TRIBECA x BVLGARI – RO HABER, “CELESTIAL”

At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, two Free The Bid directors – Ro Haber and Savanah Leaf – were given the opportunity to premiere stunning short films as part of BVLGARI’s multi-year partnership with Tribeca Studios. Ro Haber’s “Celestial,” follows the journey of Eliza McNitt (who is a Free The [...]

HERE’S THE WORK: APRIL 2019

  This is what parity looks like, everyone. It’s as good as spring itself!  This year, the Tribeca Film Festival’s competition sections consisted of 50% women-directed/co-directed films. This number is up from an already impressive 44% in 2018. There’s more to celebrate –  29% of the feature films included were directed by people of color, and 13% by directors identifying [...]

SAMANTHA SEVERIN – “BLUE”

Very few directors’ fledgling efforts are as self-assured as Samantha Severin‘s surreal fever dream, “Blue.” Asserting a clear directorial point of view from the opening shots of her 14-minute film debut, Samantha leads us into the queasy panopticon of her protagonist’s life as a camgirl. Samantha creates a uneasily claustrophobic atmosphere [...]

ANNABEL JANKEL – “TELL IT TO THE BEES”

When acclaimed director Annabel Jankel‘s feature film “Tell It To The Bees,” debuts in theaters and On-Demand on May 3rd, movie-goers will be treated to a poignant look at the lives of two women in 1950’s Britain, struggling to live authentically under the strictures of societal convention. Starring Anna Paquin [...]

DANA BOULOS x FARFETCH

For Lebanese-Sudanese director Dana Boulos, being a filmmaker is just one of many creative outlets. In addition to her work as a photographer, model, and DJ, Dana has been consistently flexing her directorial muscles lately, getting tapped to direct a number of fashion campaigns (for clients including Row DTLA and [...]

DIANA KUNST – “BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”

Director Diana Kunst and her collaborator Mau Morgo open their video for James Blake and Rosalía‘s “Barefoot In The Park,” with a striking image: a butterfly floats down over the scene of a flaming car wreck, watched over by two motionless children. It’s a powerful juxtaposition, serving as a fitting [...]

JESS KOHL x FACEBOOK

The American West has always been a captivating, mystical space, where possibility beckons for filmmakers and photographers. PRETTYBIRD director Jess Kohl, when hired to direct a campaign highlighting how Facebook can bring together communities, trained her lens on the unique group activities that connect people across the wide open spaces [...]

BETHAN SELLER – ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND

In director Bethan Seller‘s latest work for the Royal Bank of Scotland, an ordinary cafe becomes the stage for one daydreamer’s jazz-hands fantasy world. Created with production company Greenroom Films and newly pledged agency The Leith Agency, who are the first Scottish agency to commit to the Free The Bid [...]

FEMKE HUURDEMAN – “MUST BE STRONG”

March 31st marked Trans Day of Visibility, celebrating the vitality and courageousness of the trans community. As part of a rising tide of trans voices in media, model and activist Munroe Bergdorf has been an outspoken advocate, articulating intersections of her experience as a black trans woman to audiences on [...]

DIRECTOR KIT, GALE MAIMANE, & JEANA THERON x EDGARS

To showcase South African clothing retailer Edgars‘ winter line, agency VML South Africa enlisted the talents of not one, not two, but THREE talented Free The Bid women directors. Director Kit, Gale Maimane, and Jeana Theron each brought their unique vision to the table, creating richly textured short branded films [...]

HERE’S THE WORK: MARCH 2019

Happy Women’s History Month!  Although Free The Bid celebrates the accomplishments of women every single month, since women are incredibly f*cking talented and need to be celebrated EVERY day…we are all in for Women’s Day on March 8th! We hope this newsletter is a consistent reminder of the fact that [...]

MARIAN EDUSEI, “WOMEN OF COLOUR”

Theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” in 1989, stating that “because the intersectional experience is greater than the sum of racism and sexism, any analysis that does not take intersectionality into account cannot sufficiently address the particular manner in which Black women are subordinated.” Filmmaker Marian Edusei, using Crenshaw’s [...]

ELOISE KING x NIKE

In advance of the Women’s World Cup this summer, PRETTYBIRD director Eloise King envisions a not-so-far off utopia in her film for Nike Women, where powerful, beautiful, and multi-talented women can stretch, sweat, and move their bodies together in harmony. With a cast who embody a variety of intersectional identities, [...]

ALISON KLAYMAN, “THE BRINK”

In her vérité-style documentary, “The Brink,” Washington Square Films filmmaker Alison Klayman took an unexpected approach to confronting political extremism, embedding herself directly in the belly of the beast. Following notorious former Trump administration Chief Strategist Steve Bannon during the year after his ousting from the White House, Alison went [...]