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.