(Culver City, CA--May 23, 2016) Community Films has signed Director Marius Crowne to the company’s diverse roster of talent. Crowne joins Community in the midst of being selected for the prestigious “New Director Showcase” by “SHOOT Magazine.” The SHOOT New Director Showcase reel will be screened during the signature event at the DGA in New York this Thursday, May 26th.
To view Director Marius Crowne’s reel at Community Films, go here: http://www.communityfilms.com/directors/marius-crowne/commercials/
“Community seems to be one of the only production companies out there that has a stable of Directors that are all doing something different,” says Crowne. “Each one of us has a clear, distinct vision, and I love the idea that when I get put up for a job, it’s because I’m the best person for the job -- that my style was right for the client -- rather than just being a face in a crowd of very similar looking faces.”
Crowne joins a roster of directorial talent at Community Films, which includes Directors Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Tweel, Clay Williams, and Emil Möller.
“We are so excited to have found Marius and to have him join our team of Directors here at Community,” explains Executive Producer/Partner Lizzie Schwartz. “He is an extremely talented and creative storyteller, with a wide breadth of experience even though he is really a newcomer.”
“After entering the SHOOT New Director Search, we were thrilled to hear from the Editors that they agreed Marius’ talent is unique and innovative, and worthy of being part of the showcase this year,” adds Community Executive Producer Carl Swan.
Director Marius Crowne/Bio:
Raised in the Appalachian steel town of Ashland, KY, Marius earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian Literature at The University of Kentucky before moving on to studying film at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). After moving to New York, he landed his first job as a Copywriter at an ad agency and spent some time in Paris collaborating with English photographer Katerina Jebb on a video installation starring the likes of Tilda Swinton, Kylie Minogue, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Since then, Marius has directed content for ACNE, BLK DNM, L.L. Bean, Glade, and Harper Collins. He has directed PSAs for The United Nations High Council for Refugees, The Union of Concerned Scientists, Michael Bloomberg’s gun control initiative “Everytown,” and The Syria Campaign (the latter two earned him death threats). His PSA “The Encyclical” -- a parody action movie trailer about Pope Francis and Jesus fighting climate change -- miraculously did not result in death threats, but international acclaim. It was covered in news outlets from “NBC Nightly News” to “People Magazine” to “The Guardian.” Eric Holthaus from “Slate” called it “probably the best video I’ve ever seen, on any topic, of any length (and yes, that includes ‘Game of Thrones’),” while a less complimentary Mark Ruffalo simply stated that it was “awesome.” He is currently in development on his first feature film, “Potter’s Field,” which he also co-authored.
About Community Films:
E stablished in 2012, Community Films, LLC (“Community Films”) is a rapidly growing commercial production company that is devoted to producing commercials, web films, short films, music videos and feature films. Based in the greater Los Angeles area, Community Films has offices in Chicago and London. Representing Directors Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Williams, and Emil Möller. Combined, they have directed successful commercials for McDonald’s, Covergirl, Volkswagen, Taco Bell, Applebee’s, Febreze, Nike, Miller, Foot Locker, Oreo, Toyota, ABC, Tide, Visa and Hertz, etc. They have also directed such feature films as King of Kong, Identity Thief, Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Horrible Bosses, and Drop Dead Gorgeous.
In addition their Directors have directed episodes of popular television programs such as “Community,” “Modern Family,” “Flight of the Concords,” “Children’s Hospital,” and “Parks and Rec,” “Last Man on Earth,” and “The Goldbergs.” 2015 also marked the release of the documentary “Finders Keepers,” Community’s first production outside of commercials. Founded by Executive Producers, Carl Swan and Lizzie Schwartz who have over 30 years of combined experience in the field of commercial and film production, Community Films has made commercials for: Coke, United Air Lines, NFL, Buick, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Amica, Robitussin, EBAY, Applebees, MiracleGro, Direct Auto, Swiffer, Taco Bell, Sabra, Bissell, TJ Maxx, Exelon, Cotton, Butterfinger, Kraft, Armor All and McCormick.