The duo discovered that their intersection of expertise expanded their ability to tell meaningful stories
Brooklyn and Los Angeles-based Greenpoint Pictures has today announced that tomboy has joined its roster of talent. The team is comprised of Jesse Heath and Nikki Grattan. The pair’s greatest strength lies in their two distinct yet complementary points of view, bringing a fresh dynamic to their commercial and film work.
Initially, the duo began working together on small personal projects with Jesse in the director’s chair and Nikki in styling, both inspired by the power and possibilities of storytelling. With each collaboration, their creative partnership evolved, finding their rhythm as co-directors. They discovered that their intersection of expertise expanded their ability to tell meaningful stories. Jesse’s technical and practical experience in cinematography, editing, and photography imbued their work with style and structure.
Nikki’s background in writing and wardrobe lent an understanding of story and imagery, imparting greater complexity and dimension to their projects. Jesse has been represented by Greenpoint as a solo director since 2018, and as his collaborations with Nikki developed to become a more formal artistic partnership they approached Greenpoint to consider signing them as a team.
Nikki was brought up by unconventional parents and spent much of her childhood moving, spending her formative years in India, Australia, New York, and Hawaii, with many other places in between. Nikki received an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and has written for The Bold Italic, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, and San Francisco Magazine. As a wardrobe stylist, her clients have included Adidas, Nike, Reebok, H&M, Banana Republic, IBM, Google, FedEx, PGA Tour, and Universal Music Group.
Jesse was born and raised in Brighton, England, and moved to San Francisco as a teen. He grew up painting graffiti, which became the catalyst for his love of filmmaking. As an autodidact, he draws upon his life experience traveling the world to inform and energise his craft. Jesse’s work often takes youth and subculture as its subject as seen in work for brands such as Milk and Reebok, music videos for artists like Tommy Genesis and Hucci, and short films like 'Everyday I Walk the Same Way Home' for Dazed Digital.
“Jesse’s gritty yet always beautifully raw artistry pairs with Nikki’s sophisticated and spirited aesthetic sensibilities to make a stellar combination,” said Tatiana Rudzinski, executive producer at Greenpoint. “We’ve loved having Jesse on our roster as a solo director, and now that he has formed this creative partnership with Nikki we are thrilled to have tomboy.”
“Greenpoint has been a good home for me and the production team have been some of my greatest advocates,” commented Jesse.
“Partnering with Nikki feels like a really pivotal next step for me and I want to use it as an opportunity to move into making more refined, intellectually-driven work with a greater focus on our shared curiosities.” Nikki added. “I’ve always been inspired by Jesse and I'm proud of the work we've done together, but formalising our collaboration signals a new creative chapter driven by a more articulated vision. We can’t wait to hit the ground running.”
tomboy is based in Los Angeles.