Led by Executive Producer Brendan Kiernan, Futuristic Films has signed the extraordinary directorial talent of Daniel Junge to the company’s roster. The International award-winning Documentarian is nominated for a 2012 Oscar for his film, “Saving Face” in the Documentary Short category.
“Daniel is a truly unique talent and perfect fit for the Futuristic roster,” says Kiernan. “As a real people and documentary filmmaker, Daniel has been short-listed three years in a row for the Oscar. He is also one of the most aware people I have ever met, which builds this enormous trust with his subjects, making him a ground-breaking filmmaker.”
Director Daniel Junge is an Oscar and Emmy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker. His feature films include: “Chiefs,” winner of the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast on PBS; “Iron Ladies of Liberia,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and aired on PBS, BBC and 50 other broadcasters; and “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” Audience and Jury Winner of South by Southwest Film Festival, broadcast on HBO and Emmy Award-nominated for “outstanding long-form investigative journalism.” Junge has made over a dozen other films and television programs, including “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner,” nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Via Futuristic Films, Daniel has taken his filmmaking talents into the commercial world with a series of anti-smoking broadcast PSAs for the state of Wyoming and the branded film “Why We Fly” for Frontier Airlines, which won a Cine Gold Eagle and Silver Telly. Junge is currently working on a CenturyLink commercial project for Futuristic.
“Working in documentaries for most of my career,” comments Junge, “I’m used to working on projects for two or three years. So I was intrigued by the idea of joining a company like Futuristic to represent me in this new arena of advertising projects, where authenticity and emotion is desirable. Applying my skills to several recent projects has been liberating, and given me the chance to work with some key talents that I have always wanted to. With Futuristic’s Denver office being near me, there is a natural symbiosis, but they are also really good people. That is important to me. Futuristic appears to be on a trajectory as a company, which I am very happy to be part of.”
Futuristic Films recently worked with international retailer Forever21 to create an augmented reality billboard (named one of the “10 Coolest Ads Ever to Appear in Times Square”), a six-spot campaign, and a holographic fashion show. Collaborating with space150 productions, Futuristic Films Director Jasper Gray completed these three revolutionary projects. Also collaborating with space150 productions, Futuristic Films Director Nicholaus Goossen created an interactive music video for the recent opening of the 77kids New York City flagship store. (77kids is American Eagle Outfitters’ new brand for toddlers and youngsters). Shot in black-and-white, with a gritty feel, the 45-second music video utilizes motion control and high-end tracking technology that allows young customers of 77kids to have their head shot merged into the video. Elements from the music video are showcased in-store as well as on outdoor digital billboards. Personalized music videos can be saved to an iPad or posted to Facebook or Twitter. Other recent projects for Futuristic Films include a national commercial for Rawlings featuring NFL Superstar Steve Jackson, directed by Bill Timmer; and a multi-platform campaign for skate brand Osiris, directed by Futuristic’s Nicholaus Goossen.