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Director Anna Rose Holmer Joins RSA Films


Filmmaker previously created critically acclaimed debut film The Fits

Director Anna Rose Holmer Joins RSA Films

Director Anna Rose Holmer, this year’s Independent Spirit Award “Someone to Watch” winner, has joined globally renowned production powerhouse RSA Films for commercial representation.  Holmer gained widespread attention for her critically acclaimed directorial feature debut, The Fits, which the New York Times called “a dreamy, beautifully syncopated coming-of-age tale.” The Fits played at both the Venice (2015) and Sundance (2016) Film Festivals and earned Holmer nominations for Breakthrough Director at the Gotham Awards and Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. The news was announced today by Jules Daly, President, RSA Films.

“Anna is a tremendous talent with a very original voice,” Daly said. “Her work stands out for its inventive and provocative narrative and visual storytelling. We’re excited to introduce her innovative approach and creativity to our clients.”

A narrative storyteller with an eye for beautifully composed and styled visuals, Holmer’s most recent short-form content includes an exquisite music video for James Blake’s “My Willing Heart,” filmed in high contrast black and white and featuring languid sensuous shots of a very pregnant Natalie Portman. And the original piece, “Moonlight x Alvin Ailey” for the Nowness Just Dance film series that pays homage to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Choreographed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Artistic Director Robert Battle and set to a euphoric score from Nicholas Britell, it features dancers playing out a blue-lit journey in the same spirit of the Academy Award-winning film.

Holmer said, “I’m excited to partner with a filmmaker-founded and filmmaker-driven company that emphasises artistry across various platforms. RSA Films and Black Dog were immensely supportive in the production of the My Willing Heart video. From that first endeavour together, I know they will continue to champion my vision regardless of format.”

Other recent projects from Holmer include producing Jody Lee Lipes’s Ballet 422 (Tribeca 2014) and Mike Plunkett’s Salero (IDFA 2015). And with filmmaker Matt Wolf, Anna co-directed and produced A Ballet in Sneakers: Jerome Robbins and Opus Jazz, a companion documentary to NY Export: Opus Jazz, (SXSW 2010 Emerging Visions Audience Award winner) which aired on the PBS Great Performances/Dance in America Series.

Holmer brings over a decade of experience in camera department and production crew, and as a director, tackles creative problem solving on set from a holistic viewpoint. She explained, “Short form content is continuing to evolve and push the formal language of moving images at an exciting and rapid rate. I want to experiment and give life to voices, images and ideas I haven’t seen onscreen before.”

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RSA Films, Tue, 30 May 2017 23:21:44 GMT