(Culver City, California--June 14, 2016) Matt Smukler of Community Films has directed a moving, new commercial for Deutsche Bahn celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The spot takes us on a soccer fan’s journey where he connects from point A to point B using Deutsche Bahn’s railway. The connection, however, goes farther than the miles in this love story.
Fan - DB Railway - Matt Smukler
“Working with BBDO/Berlin and their fearless clients at DB was one of the highlights of my career to date,” says Director Matt Smukler, who was short-listed for an AICP Award this year for “Best Direction.” “The goal was to celebrate Deutsche Bahn’s 25th anniversary with an emotional and entertaining love story. I hope we succeeded. We’re up to 2.6 million hits so far on YouTube since it launched.”
Advertising Agency: BBDO/Berlin
Creative Director: Lukas Liske, Daniel Schweinzer Producer: Alexander Geier Account Manager: Meike Freymuth Managing Director: Franzis Heusel CCO Germany: Wolfgang Schneider Group Account Director: Maike Schröder
Production Company: Soup Films
Director: Matt Smukler DP: Julian Hohndorf Executive Producer: Stephan Fruth Producer: Birgit Damen Assistant Producer: Mika Gannon Stylist: Ingken Benesch Art-Dept: Colin Taplin Cast: Ed MacArthur (fan), Ben Anthony (player)
Editor: Peer-Arne Sveistrup
Post Production Company: Pirates n Paradise
Online Editor: Andreas Hindrichkeit
Music Production: Mokoh Music
Composer: Stephan Moritz
Song: Milk Carton Kids
About Community Films
Established 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 Marius Crowne, Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Emil Möller, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Tweel, and Clay Williams. 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,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and the forthcoming “Bay Watch.” 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.