Multi-award-winning director Marcelo Bukin just put the finishing touches on the first installment of Dreaming New York, an ongoing series of short film portraits in which New Yorkers share their life philosophies. The filmmaker invites people to unfold their deep truths, opinions, fears and desires — and the results are both profound and entertaining. Special thanks to Gene Curley at Nice Shoes and Diego Jimenez at Hobo for lending a creative hand to this series. Visit DreamingNewYork.com to follow our weekly episodes.
On Saturday February 4th, Cutter was thrilled to support the F.A.C.E.S. Institute by co-hosting the ACE Entertainment Summit. The event focused on “Getting Your Foot in the Door” and brought together over 45 women to discuss best practices when developing an entertainment career. Keynote speaker Brittany Rostron, kicked off the event by discussing how to approach an artistic career like an entrepreneur. After that, career coach Kathleen Castro provided tips on how to create the most effective resume and cover letter for the entertainment industry. At the end of the day, participants engaged in a Q&A session led by Hillary Cutter of Cutter Productions with experienced women in the industry such as Aubrey Smyth, Ashley Van Buren, Tiffani Gray, Meghan Dineen and Tara McHugh. Can’t wait for the next summit!
Roster director Aubrey Smyth just wrapped an integrated video for Campbell’s Well Yes! Soups starring Busy Phillips, who’s also currently seen in HBO’s Vice Principals. The video, via Man with a Cam and Edelman, launched right after New Year’s and reframes the narrative around resolutions by encouraging people to say “yes” to small things all year long. The spot plays perfectly to Smyth’s comedic strengths directing women – check it out.
Our Cutter Connections mentorship events to benefit young women in the production community were first launched a year and a half ago. Recently, we held our fourth event and celebrated our 150th attendee! Over 60 women gathered for a Cutter Connection evening focused on integrated production, with mentors from NBC Sports, Syfy, Spike TV, BBDO, Grey Advertising, CBS’s The Good Fight and more. “Thank YOU for providing all of this and giving us a platform to meet wonderful mentors and mentees!” volunteered one mentee who’s just starting out in production. And a mentor told us, “I felt really inspired. Thank you.” Special thanks to our sponsors, Splacer, BIGPIE, and Cinematcher! On February 4, 2017 Cutter Connections is presenting the Inaugural ACE Entertainment Summit: “Get Your Foot in the Door” event. Click here for Summit details!
ABC’s popular foodie talk show The Chew recently aired new holiday promos helmed by Cutter roster director Chandler Kauffman and produced by Cutter. The campaign takes on a nostalgic feeling, as hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Hall, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz relate anecdotes and memories of their childhood holidays intercut with retro footage from the same era. PromaxBDA featured the work as a Hot Spot on December 7. Check out the campaign here.
Chandler Kauffman and Cutter were thrilled to help bring the launch promo for People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) to life for the creative production studio Versus. The promo brings a new twist to Maxell’s classic “Blown Away” spot…
Soon before Saturday Night Live brought on Melissa Villasenor as the show’s first-ever Latina cast member (she just debuted on October 1), roster director Chandler Kauffman showcased her in Funny Girl, a mini-doc for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) that he also wrote. Check it out for highlights from one of Melissa’s hilarious Improv shows, plus her reflections on what motivates her as a comedienne. Congrats on SNL, Melissa — we can’t wait to see you steal the show! Plus, stay tuned for new commercial work from Chandler for ABC, People/Entertainment Weekly Network, and more.
Roster director Aubrey Smyth continues to build her brand and expand on female narratives with Peculiar Beauty, a new campaign for women’s magazine Glamour. As director, Aubrey worked with Glamour via Man With A Cam in NYC to help defeat preconceived notions of beauty. The campaign profiles women who accept things about their appearance that society has seen as peculiar, from freckles to curly hair.
Aubrey’s also busy with her short film and other projects. After winning the Audience Choice Award at the IndieWorks: August Screening in NYC, her short film Ginger with a Snap screened at the 11th Annual Broad Humor Film Festival in LA. And her music video Vulva Face (a parody of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face) premiered at The 16th Annual Coney Island Film Festival in September.