Slash Dynamic Adds Director Michael Haussman, Partners With His Person Films

Director Michael Haussman has joined the Slash Dynamic roster for U.S. commercials. Additionally Slash Dynamic has entered into a partnership with Haussman’s European company, Person Films, which is headed by Cecile Leroy Beaulieu. 

The launch of the partnership coincides with the premiere of Haussman’s latest feature film, Edge of the World, which was released this week and is now #1 new movie on Apple iTunes. The epic adventure starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers tells the true story of Sir James Brooke, the English adventurer who inspired Rudyard Kipling’s story “The Man Who Would Be King” and Joseph Conrad’s novel “Lord Jim & Heart of Darkness.” Brooke fought pirates and slavery to rule a kingdom larger than England in the jungles of Sarawak, Borneo where the movie was filmed, one of the most remote and challenging locations in the world.

Haussman’s body of work includes high-profile ad campaigns for BMW, Levi’s, United, Absolut, Yves Saint Laurent, Budweiser and Nissan as well as music videos featuring the likes of Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, which have garnered numerous honors including six MTV Video Music Awards and a Museum of Modern Art Award.

Do Not Disturb, the anthology series he created, wrote, directed, and produced with Jude Law, was officially selected for the Cannes Series Festival in 2019. His most recent art exhibition, “Gravity,” premiered at Los Angeles Pacific Design Center and was presented at Berlin Art Week and Cannes In Out Exhibition. 

With the release of his latest film underway, Haussman is making an aggressive push on the commercial and music video front, which is his focus and passion. Under the Slash Dynamic banner, Person Films will also be curating an international roster of filmmakers that speaks to the global vision of the company, within the U.S. market. 

Tanya Cohen, managing director of Slash Dynamic, said, “Michael is a powerful filmmaker and brilliant storyteller who has achieved great success across multiple platforms. The Slash team is highly motivated to be a part of this next phase with him. This alliance will bring inspiring opportunities for Michael in commercials and amp up the process, while simultaneously building the Person Films brand in the U.S.”

Haussman shared, “I have always felt it is important for a filmmaker, artist or storyteller to create in all mediums – long form, commercials, art, music – so each time we embark on a project, we are bringing something new, alternative and fresh to the table, learned from our past project. Now after coming off a film and series, I am excited to jump back into the rich, distilled storytelling world of advertising with Tanya and Slash, who we have formed a close, creative collaboration and trust.”

Person’s Leroy Beaulieu added, “It was an idea many years in our heads, and now after the film, the series, and all that has changed in our industry in these last two years, we have finally made our decision to bring Person films into the great hands of Tanya and Slash Dynamic. A lot of thought and experience went behind this decision, so we could not be more excited to enter 2021 in this relationship.

Slash Dynamic is represented by Ann McKallagat of PI Representation on the East Coast. Jeanie Dimaggio of Dimaggio Reps on the West Coast, and Tracy Bernard and Robin Stevens of Ideal Partners in the Midwest.

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The Hollywood News: ‘Edge of the World’ review

Jonathan Rhys Meyers steps into the shoes of Sir James Brooke in the latest historical epic, Edge of the World. The real-life version of Sir James Brooke is thought to have been one of the inspirations for Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King. Brooke was an adventurer who fought against pirates and slavery and became a ruler of his own kingdom in Borneo as King of Sarawak. Edge of the World joins Brooke as he arrives onto Borneo’s sandy shores and recounts his story across the years from explorer to leader to his eventual end. 

Director Michael Haussman has spent most of the last thirty years working in the medium of music videos. He’s responsible for Madonna’s Take a Bow, and Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback to name just two from his catalogue. A lot of film directors make the jump from music videos to features, but where many try to maintain that same edgy and frenetic energy found within them, Haussman has gone a different route. Edge of the World is a thoughtfully-paced drama that lavishly takes its time telling the story, allowing the audience to marinate in the era. By spending so much time focused on the feeling of the time, Haussman manages to capture the spirit, beauty, and underlying danger of the film’s jungle setting wonderfully. The job is so thorough that you can almost feel the oppressive heat and mugginess pouring off the screen.

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Boston Herald: ‘Edge of the World’ noteworthy period adventure

The period adventure film “Edge of the World” tells the fact-based tale of Captain James Brooke, a 19th century adventurer who becomes the Rajah of Sarawak in the Asian island country Borneo, which is almost twice the size of England. Great Britain is Brooke’s homeland. But he was born and raised in India, and he has a uniquely critical view for his time of British colonialism. In 1839, the film’s setting, Britain ruled over half the world.

Directed by the expatriate American artist and filmmaker Michael Haussman, who has an impressive eye for visuals, “Edge of the World” captures the idea of belonging nowhere. In many ways, Brooke is searching for a homeland. 

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