Meet Some of The the New Directors of The Class of 2018

Four of the 2018 SHOOT New Directors Showcase helmers discuss their work and future plans. Joining the conversation to provide perspective and practical advice are two industry pros: Loretta Jeneski, partner/executive producer, Nonfiction Unlimited, and James McPherson, EVP, director of integrated production, Townhouse, a WPP/Grey unit.

The Showcase directors, all currently unaffiliated with a production company, are: Erica Eng, Shaya Mulcahy, Brad Raider and Brett Warkentien. Moderating the discussion is Roberta Griefer, SHOOT publisher and editorial director.

Embracing Change: Inclusion; Evolving Relationships; New Opportunities

This panel discussion, moderated by SHOOT editor Robert Goldrich, explores Free The Bid, inclusion, the evolving relationships among clients, agencies and production companies, and how to adapt to an ever changing landscape. Participating panelists are Emma Reeves, executive director of Free The Bid; Nathy Aviram, chief production officer, McCann NY; Lisa Mehling, EP/owner, Chelsea Pictures; Ben Haynes, head of broadcast production, sales & marketing procurement, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Molly Schaaf, founding partner, Always Be Holding; and Jeffrey A.

In the Directors Chair: Amir Bar-Lev

Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev is interviewed by SHOOT editor Robert Goldrich in this "In The Director's Chair" session at the DGA Theatre in NYC. Bar-Lev discusses his approach to documentary filmmaking, how it has informed his work in commercials and branded entertainment, as well as how his ad experience has impacted his feature endeavors. Bar-Lev’s body of work includes the lauded documentaries “Long Strange Trip,” “Happy Valley,” “The Tillman Story,” “12.12.12” and “My Kid Could Paint That.”

Bartley Taylor

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it?
I like to consider my first spec, a Volkswagen ad, my first professionally directed work. It was the first thing where I really felt like I needed to please someone other than just myself. I had to attempt to fake something so well that anyone else watching would believe it was commissioned by the client. I shot that just under 2 years ago in June 2016.

Duncan Sullivan

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it?
The first professional project I directed was a branded content documentary film titled Brothers of Climbing for REI Coop. The film was released in February 2017.