(Culver City, CA--November 7, 2016) Community Films
has welcomed international Director Albert Uria to the company's diverse roster of talent for representation in the U.S. Originally from Spain, Uria splits his time between Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Barcelona. He joins a directorial roster at Community Films, which includes: Marius Crowne, Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Emil Möller, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Tweel, and Clay Williams.
"We are really happy to welcome Albert into the Community family," comments EP/Partner Lizzie Schwartz. "Part of that has to do with what he brings as a filmmaker. Albert can tell stories visually, comedically, with and without dialogue, and he always connects with the viewer."
"You can see this best in his automotive work," adds Carl Swan, Community Films' EP/Partner. "He creates worlds that are visually striking enough to show off a car's beauty, while at the same time allowing space for the actors to breathe and for the stories to build. We are excited to match Albert's bad-ass talents to the creative in the U.S. Market."
A true international Director, Albert splits his time between L.A., Barcelona, and Mexico City. Before learning the tools of the trade as a Director, he studied at the Photography Institute of Barcelona. His enthusiasm and his passion for discovering new talent led him to produce four short films and direct two of them, earning several awards including a nomination for the Spanish Academy Film Awards. Commercials quickly followed and he founded Garage Films in 2003. Now based in Europe, South America and the U.S. since then, he has directed for brands such as Nike, Ikea, Ford, Nissan, Honda, X-Box, Motorola and VW, leading him to be a three-time finalist in the Cannes Lions Festival and winning 10 advertising worldwide awards like FIAP/NY and Golden AMPE. His profound interest for the human condition led him to study at the Government School of Harvard and to direct his first award-winning documentary "NY Showcase." The combination of all his passions has developed Albert's highly aesthetic visual style.
"When I was a kid, I loved imagining stories and building blanket forts in my room with my brother," concludes Director Albert Uria. "Without really being aware of it, we felt safe at home, taken care of, so I could play with no boundaries. I'm not a kid anymore but I still love playing and creating. Lizzie and Carl have made me feel safe and free to have fun at Community. So, I am."
About Community Films
Established in 2012, Community Films, LLC ("Community Films") is a commercial production company that is devoted to producing commercials, web films, short films, music videos and feature films. A Los Angeles company with a national and global reach, Community represents Directors Marius Crowne, Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Emil Möller, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Tweel, Albert Uria 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," "Master Minds" 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, Pantene, Microsoft and McCormick. www.communityfilms.com