(New York, NY--February 12, 2020) Bicoastal production company Park Pictures
has signed Grammy-nominated director Savanah Leaf for U.S. representation. Savanah’s experience as a 2012 Olympian volleyball athlete lends unique insight which she has applied to successful directorial collaborations with Nike, Adidas, and Fila, among others.
to view her reel.
Park Pictures Executive Producer Jackie Kelman Bisbee notes, “Savanah Leaf is a fresh and powerful voice in the world of storytelling. From her evocative and poignant music videos to her beautifully crafted and socially impactful short films, Savanah’s work is infused with humanity and hope. We feel very fortunate to have her at Park.”
Her work with musicians and artists including Gary Clark Jr, Common, and Marvin Gaye received critical acclaim, with her film for Gary Clark Jr titled “This Land” nominated for a 2020 Grammy. Her most recent music video -- the first of Universal Music’s “Never Made” series for great songs that never had a music video -- is for Marvin Gaye’s 1971 classic “What’s Going On”. By focusing on current racial and social struggles in the US, the film highlights the continuing relevance of Marvin’s question nearly 50 years later.
In 2018, Savanah released her short film “The Ayes Have It”, where she visually imagines Tiana Clark’s poem. The film is a response to the murders of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin – both young, black men in America who were murdered almost 60 years apart in similar circumstances.
Savanah is currently gearing up to release a personal documentary film titled 'The Heart Still Hums', a film about adoption and her close relationship with her younger sister.
ABOUT PARK PICTURES
Founded in 1998 by Executive Producer Jacqueline Kelman Bisbee and renowned filmmaker/cinematographer Lance Acord, bicoastal/London-based Park Pictures has an auspicious track record of discovering and mentoring new filmmaking talent and infusing all projects with big screen production values. Park Pictures has forged strong partnerships with agencies and clients by engaging all members of its team in creative problem solving.
Park Pictures has earned the highest accolades for their work, including an Oscar, three Emmys, and numerous Cannes Lions. Park Pictures won the 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Commercial for Apple "Misunderstood," the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Commercial for Nike “Dream Crazy,” and the Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for The Sentence. The company the Cannes Lions Palme d’Or in 2019, the highest honor production companies can receive.
After winning an Academy Award in 2010 for the company’s first narrative film, live-action short “The New Tenants” starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Park Pictures founded the Park Pictures feature division, headed by Producer Sam Bisbee, Jacqueline Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord. Park Pictures Features has produced ten feature films, nine of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Park Pictures showcased three films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, including the closing night movie Hearts Beat Loud, the Sundance Next Fest program film An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, and the documentary feature The Sentence. The Sentence earned the annually-coveted Audience Award and was acquired by HBO for US television and streaming rights. Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman, sold to Gunpowder & Sky for U.S. distribution and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for international distribution.