Veena Rao is a New York based documentary filmmaker and producer. Her short documentary work reflects her adaptability in approach, depending on the subject - which truly lets the focus of the story shine through. She is immersed in the documentary world, she believes in the importance of her medium. We can't wait to see what Veena will create through The BUREAU - whatever it is we're sure it will be wonderful.
Brittany's work has a way of striking directly at your heart. She has an intimate way of tackling themes that can easily be overly generalized, when watching her short film, Q.U.E.E.N, her strength of character and integrity shines through in her storytelling. Through her direction you feel empowered. We are excited to see what she will make for The BUREAU.
Alex Mallis is a Brooklyn based filmmaker, where he makes wonderful films that carry across multiple genres, from short documentary to feature narratives, vignettes from his 8mm series, to even more abstract experimental music videos. Alex seems to not only be comfortable, but confident in all of this genre-jumping, and that confidence shows in his films.
Elena Rossini committed nearly a decade to her debut feature documentary, 'The Illusionists', a film exposing the unattainable and manipulative culture of marketing and beauty-standards across the world. Her work is as bold, emotional, and empowering as it is cinematic.
Ani Simon-Kennedy directed her first feature film in Iceland, a country she had never been to prior to production, the film itself, titled 'Days of Gray' has no dialogue, is driven by an original score from Hjaltalín, carried by two lead performances from first-time actors in a strange, beautiful, dystopian coming-of-age story.
Daniel Patrick Carbone's film debut Hide Your Smiling Faces had its world and north-American premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and was awarded the Best Undistributed Film of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics. Hide Your Smiling Faces was released theatrically and on cable/VOD in Spring 2014 via Tribeca Film. Daniel resides in Brooklyn, NY where he co-owns the collaborative filmmaking group and production company Flies Collective.
"Frankly, I don’t think it’s fair that a small tier of people making multi-million dollar films get to crowd-out our cultural landscape. The ability to create a short film can potentially free you from a lot of restrictions, and that element of freedom gives all of us a chance to hear more bizarre, brutal, boring, and occasionally beautiful voices out there."
Ayz Waraich turned heads back in 2008 when he released his short film, 'White Red Panic' on Vimeo - everything about the acting, the writing, the visuals, the short film as a whole, would have fooled most as to the size and scope of production-resources available. Yet, the entire project came in south of $1k. People were shocked, and appropriately so. Ayz became known as a director who could pull off an incredibly cinematic look and feel with nothing more than an HV30 and a keen eye for talented actors and perfect locations.
Fast-forward several years and 'White Red Panic' helped spark a career including several acclaimed short films, his character-driven feature debut, 'To Our Bright White Hearts', and a time-travel epic, 'Divine River' (in production). Ayz's previous work officially screened at Sundance, and was selected as a finalist by Kevin Spacey's Triggerstreet program.