(New York, New York--October 7, 2015) New York-based Washington Square Films
has signed directing duo Spielbergs
(Alex Karpovsky and Teddy Blanks), for their first commercial representation. The duo has already co-directed three music videos with the support of Washington Square Films, including videos for Tanlines (“Palace,” starring Natasha Lyonne, “Orange Is The New Black”) and RAC (“Back of the Car,” starring Sasheer Zamata, “Saturday Night Live”). The duo’s latest music video for Kopecky (“Talk to Me,” starring Michael Ian Black, Wet Hot American Summer
) was released earlier this week.
Teddy Blanks and Alex Karpovsky
The pair initially met on Lena Dunham’s breakthrough indie feature Tiny Furniture
in 2010 - Karpovsky played the male co-lead while Blanks created titles and composed the score. The film went on to win Best Feature at SXSW, an Independent Spirit award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.
With a shared sense of humor and lively approach to production, Spielbergs’ collaboration draws upon Karpovsky’s background as an actor to evoke subtleties in performance and Blanks’ experience as a designer to curate a stylized visual aesthetic. Spielbergs’ work fuses absurd, surrealistic visuals with dynamic character driven storytelling, as demonstrated by their work on the forthcoming Amazon series, The New Yorker Presents.
to view a reel of their work.
“I’m a big fan of the work Alex and Teddy have done independently. I loved Alex’s film Red Flag
, and Teddy created absolutely brilliant graphics on two films we produced: Listen Up Phillip
and Queen of Earth
,” notes Washington Square Films Founder/President Joshua Blum. “As a team they have great chemistry. They are both smart, witty and creative, and their shoots are lots of fun.” Adds Washington Square Films Director of Sales & Marketing/Managing Director Jonathan Schwartz, “I’m excited about their enthusiasm for advertising and branded content. Alex is a former editor and Teddy has created graphics for advertising, so they have experience with clients and agencies, and since they are both talented writers, they bring a wealth of ideas to the table.”
“We worked with Washington Square Films on several projects and have found them to be wonderful creative partners that allowed us to develop and refine our sensibility,” adds Spielbergs. “We are looking forward to working with Washington Square Films to collaborate with like-minded brands to develop ideas that are funny, original and narrative driven.”
In addition to being an accomplished singer and songwriter, Blanks is co-founder of the Brooklyn-based design studio CHIPS. He has designed and produced title sequences for over 50 films and television shows, including Still Alice
, Love & Mercy
and HBO’s “Togetherness,” as well as book covers for Kim Gordon and Lena Dunham. Karpovsky has directed five feature-length films and an episode of the HBO comedy series “GIRLS,” on which he plays the role of Ray Ploshansky. He has also acted in over 30 films, including the last two written and directed by the Coen Brothers—Oscar-nominated Inside Llewyn Davis
and the upcoming Hail, Caesar!
About Washington Square Films
Over its 15-year tenure, Washington Square Films
has grown to be considered one of the most respected production companies in the industry.
Boasting a sharp eye for talent, a high level of integrity and a discriminating downtown New York sensibility, the company has produced award-winning independent films and commercials, as well as forged a thriving entertainment management division. On any given day, the seasoned producers and managers at Washington Square Films are likely to be working with some of the most revered actors and promising directors in the business.
From its headquarters on New York City’s Bowery Street, and satellite office in Los Angeles, the company manages and collaborates with an internationally recognized roster of writers, directors and A-list talent in entertainment and advertising. Washington Square Films receives regular accolades at The Academy Awards, Peabody Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globes and Cannes Lions, along with selection for top International festivals such as Sundance, TIFF, New York Film Festival, Tribeca, Berlin and Locarno, and continues to break new ground in creative production.