Duncan Winecoff

The Caron Foundation’s “Hand in Hand” (public service short)

Duncan Winecoff

Epoch Films

1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it? 
My first professionally directed work was a branded short film for the clothing company Free People, titled A Letter. This project released on November 20, 2014.

2) How did you get into directing? 
Since moving to New York for college 14 years ago, I have lived a thousand lives—some good and some bad. Luckily, my younger brother followed me to the city and went to film school at NYU. I learned about the craft, and my love for it, through his schooling. When he graduated we made a short film together and never looked back from that adventure forward. It just clicked with me and brought out the best of who I am.

3) What is your most recent project? 
I recently directed three spots for New Balance featuring a few of their sponsored athletes.

4) What is the best part of being a director? 
The magic that comes from being thrown into the trenches with people you don’t know and an objective that is undefinable. The relationships and personal growth that are created in those conditions are incredibly special.

5) What is the worst part of being a director? 
I don’t think there is a “worst part” to being a director. I feel blessed everyday and try to maintain a broader perspective of the world and my place in it.

6) What is your current career focus: commercials & branded content, TV, movies? Do you plan to specialize in a particular genre—comedy, drama, visual effects, etc.?
My focus is commercials and fulfilling my dream of making a feature-length film.

7) Have you a mentor and if so, who is that person (or persons) and what has been the lesson learned from that mentoring which resonates with you? 
I’ve always wanted a mentor, but unfortunately haven found him/her/them yet. I hope to soon.

8) Who is your favorite director and why? 
Jacques Audiard’s De Battre Mon Coeur S’est Arrette was the film that made me want to make films myself. I am drawn to character studies and I think he is a master in the regard.

10) Tell us about your background (i.e. where did you grow up? Past jobs?) 
I grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Ojai, California. I moved to New York for college and have held countless jobs before finding film. Car mechanic, construction, bartender, audio engineering, etc.


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