(New York, New York--April 29, 2016) New York-based Washington Square Films
has signed New York Times Director to Watch Alison Klayman
for her first commercial representation. Named on a NYT list of rising international filmmaking talents under 40, Klayman’s debut feature documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, nominated for two Emmys, won a Sundance Special Jury Prize and earned a Director's Guild of America nomination. In commercials, Alison has directed noteworthy branded work for lululemon and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, among others.
Oscar ™ and Emmy-nominated director Alison Klayman
“My approach is collaborative and multi-layered. I strive to build a genuine emotional connection with the audience, to capture stunning visuals that fit the story, and above all make work that is relevant to the times and speaks to the important questions of today,” notes Klayman. “I love how WSF supports their directors’ development both in and out of the commercial space. On our last project, I felt I could bring my full creative self to the table, which is what you need to produce great work.”
“We started as fans,” said Jonathan Schwartz, WSF Head of Marketing and Sales. “We loved her films, and were very impressed with her short-form and branded work. She fits our model of complete filmmakers who are also a pleasure to work with.”
Klayman has garnered top accolades as a filmmaker. Her critically acclaimed feature Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
was distributed by IFC Films and was one of the highest grossing films of 2012 directed by a woman. In the short film genre, Klayman is known for powerful documentary shorts, including films she has directed for the prestigious PBS series “Frontline” and the recent “The 100 Years Show” short doc, which premiered at Hot Docs 2015. Klayman’s authentic style of storytelling is fostered by her background as an accredited journalist in China who produced radio and television feature stories for NPR's "All Things Considered," among others.
Named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," Klayman was selected to participate in both IFP's Emerging Storytellers program and Berlinale Talents. Click HERE
to view a reel of Alison Klayman’s work.
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, 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.