GenY Directors

  • Allison Raskin
    Allison Raskin
    Director
  • Ambar Navarro
    Ambar Navarro
    Director/Photographer
  • Carlos Felipe
    Carlos Felipe
    Director
  • Yulin Kuang
    Yulin Kuang
    Director
  • Laurence Philomène
    Laurence Philomène
    Director/Photographer
  • Chris Winterbauer
    Chris Winterbauer
    Director
  • Dennis Stormer
    Dennis Stormer
    Director
  • Hana Haley
    Hana Haley
    Director
  • Joan Summers
    Joan Summers
    Director
  • Joel Strong
    Joel Strong
    Influencer
  • Maris Jones
    Maris Jones
    Director/Photographer
  • Michael Kortlander
    Michael Kortlander
    Director
  • Mike and Claire
    Mike and Claire
    Directors
  • Red Lighter Films
    Red Lighter Films
    Directors
  • Bucky Fukumoto
    Bucky Fukumoto
    Director
  • Tim White
    Tim White
    Director
  • Tajana Dedić-Starović
    Tajana Dedić-Starović
    Director/Photographer
  • Violet Paley
    Violet Paley
    Director
  • Xaviera López
    Xaviera López
    Director
Allison Raskin
Director

Allison Raskin was born and raised in Scarsdale, NY, which is the town mentioned in RENT by Mark’s mother. Despite being beautiful and infamous, it never felt like home and Allison spent her last two years of high school in Connecticut at Choate Rosemary Hall. While at boarding school, Allison realized two things: 1) Never send your child to boarding school 2) Take risks or you will die of boredom. So Allison applied to USC’s BFA screenwriting program and somehow got in by submitting a short story about killing a cow that starred a pedophile.

Allison is now a writer, improviser, stand up comic and director. Comedy is her lifeline. It is how she interacts with the world and annoys her family over group texts. Since graduating, Allison has continued to write and produce an ungodly amount of web content that has been featured on Funny Or Die and the home page of her mother’s iPad. She hopes to one day write and direct features that make people think while they make you laugh. She also starred in a Payless commercial, which was very exciting for people she hasn’t seen in years.

What has your best school or work experience been?

I got to showrun a sitcom on a sound stage my senior year. I learned that creating television is incredibly traumatizing. It is also what I want to do with my life.

What are your favorite movies?

Little Miss Sunshine, Lars and the Real Girl, The Sapphires, District 9 and Get Over It.

Favorite snacks?

All of them.

Director?

Christopher Guest.

Photographer?

My mother is my favorite photographer because she taught me to find beauty in the unexpected. She also taught me how to sit still for a long time without having a mental breakdown.

Who do you most idolize?

I idolize Aaron Sorkin and Steve Carrell. Also my gynecologist, for a variety of reasons.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done, or most defiant?

The craziest thing I have ever done is move across the country to follow my dream, which includes stand up comedy and occasionally baring my soul to a room of silence.

Have you ever gotten in trouble with the law, known groups or the government?

Freshman year of high school, I wrote a research paper about Roswell, NM and requested documents from the government. A few months later, the government called my house. I am definitely on some sort of list. It is a dream come true.

What century/decade would you most like to live in?  

I couldn’t live in any time other than the 21st century because I love my Kindle too much to give it up.

Ambar Navarro
Director/Photographer
Ambar Navarro is a Los Angeles based film director and animator originally from San Antonio, TX. She moved to attend the California Institute of the Arts and earned a B.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation.
Her filmmaking combines a colorful theatrical on-set feel mixed with miniatures, stop-motion, and incorporated with online tech. Her films have premiered on NPR and OUT and range from music video, documentary, to narrative. When she’s not directing or editing films, she can be seen photographing musicians for magazines included Nylon Japan, Bullett Magazine, Issue Magazine, Polyester, and IN Mag. She has shot Neon Indian, Kreayshawn, HANA, and more.
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Carlos Felipe
Director
Yulin Kuang
Director
Laurence Philomène
Director/Photographer
Chris Winterbauer
Director
Dennis Stormer
Director
Hana Haley
Director

Hana was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and began taking photos on a 1970 pentax film camera when she was 16. It was then that she discovered her love of fashion photography which led to an obsession with filmmaking. In preparation for directing, Hana completed an acting intensive program in the Meisner technique and learned to direct herself and other actors. Though Hana never attended film or photography school her photographs and short fashion films were discovered online and early on she became an internet darling on tumblr and flickr. “I’m in love with the stillness of things. Themes I love to focus on in my work are mystery, poetry, and emotion. My favorite films are Virgin Suicides, Blue Valentine and Heavenly Creatures, there’s clearly a theme”.

Hana’s work has been featured in Slenderbread, Nido Deutsch, Thistle, La Vida Elegante and Pony Anarchy. Hana recently finished shooting stills for Random House, Solestruck, The Loved One, Casper & Pearl and numerous fashion stores in San Francisco and LA.

What has your worst work experience been?

“Shooting an editorial piece and having the fire department called for lighting a smoke bomb under an old woman’s window”.

Who do you most idolize?

“My grandfather who only owned one sweater and two pairs of shoes”.

Have you ever gotten in trouble with the law?

“Just for drinking cherry schnapps in computer class in the 7th grade, they really called the cops ;P”.

Press:

Honeyuck

Kaltblut Magazine

Ignant

Nopefun

Oldskull

Popflys

Joan Summers
Director
Joel Strong
Influencer
Maris Jones
Director/Photographer
Michael Kortlander
Director

Michael was raised all over Ohio, spending much of his time on farms. One side of Michael’s family sells car batteries, the other are abstract painters. His grandfather started his battery business in 1957, and it’s still operating out of the same small shop today. “He talks a lot about integrity, and integrity means everything to me as a person and as a filmmaker.”

As a visualist and a storyteller, Michael’s work distills authentic, human narratives from a diverse range of content. It is rooted in realism and visual explorations of everyday life. . The spirit of collaboration is what drew him to filmmaking and it is central to his approach.

Michael graduated from Ohio University and has won national attention, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Ivy Film Festival and Best Student Film at Las Vegas International. In a review of his short comedy “Game Night”, the late Roger Ebert called Michael’s film ‘Altmanesque’. Michael recently finished a spot for Ronald McDonald House out of McGarry Bowen in Chicago and is currently working on a documentary about nomadic Tibetan tribes.

What has your worst school or work experience been?

During school, I worked at a production company where the owner threw fits for not having his carrots cut properly by an intern.

What are your favorite movies?

Stand By Me, Fargo, The Apartment

Video games?

Rollercoaster Tycoon.

Who do you most idolize?

Kurt Vonnegut.

High and Low moment?

The low point came one night on the floor when I was sixteen next my dying basset hound in Columbia, Missouri. The high point is the moon – I will be saving up my director’s fees to take the first available flight on Virgin Galactic.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done, or most defiant?  

I cheat on my veganism.

Press:

Scribblers

Scribblers

@ebertchicago (Robert Ebert, Twitter)

Athens News

Ohio.com

Mike and Claire
Directors

Mike and Claire are artists who live in NY and have been collaborating for two and a half years. The duo (full names Michael Bailey-Gates and Claire Christerson) met freshman year at SVA studying photography, and after working on a few projects, realized they had the same influences and vision. The directing team raised on The Mighty Boosh, early Flickr communities, and Myspace-meets-Blingy visual aestheticism, have an almost obsessive-compulsive work ethic. They have released an epic amount of of art projects online over the past year that has captured a robust social media following.

They balance their focus on Internet aesthetics with theatrical cues, hand-made costumes, and in camera techniques from past decades–be it silent film era acting, Scooby Doo horror soundtracks, and hand created green screen visual effects. They nod to the past, while giving their work a future-focused twist that could only spark from the minds of two, Hattori Hanzo-sharp brains who’ve spent a lot of time on Tumblr.

Paper Magazine says of the duo “If Cindy Sherman and Ryan Trecartin had babies, they might resemble Mike and Claire”. Mike and Claire are unique among their reference points in that they actively strive to push still imagery to its next frontier–often with the aid of GIFs: “With GIFs you don’t have to press play. The idea is that it never stops or starts. It’s more inclusive.”

This year Mike and Claire have created costumes for the Mix Film festival and were finalists for the New York Photo Festival. They are frequently cast in their friends work and last year were placed in front of the camera by Ryan McGinley and Petra Collins amongst others. They’ve recently directed internet spots for “Free People and “Beloved Tshirts”, as well as a music video for “Heart’s Revolution”.

What you like about one another.

C: I like working with my best friend because I don’t have to feel like I’m being judged and I can trust Mike to tell me what he thinks (vice versa.) Its cool being able to bounce ideas off each other and let something escalate and then we both have to do the idea and nothing else feels quite as important.  Mike feels like my twin…

M: Working with Claire keeps both of our minds fresh. It’s exciting to figure out the technicalities of an idea, to pick something apart, figure out how it works, then make it happen.  When we work together on something it feels like we are doing something very important because we support one another. We are lucky to know each other.

How/When You First Became a Photographer/Director

M: Everyone goes through a photography phase, and I started taking photography seriously when I was around 13.  I got hired at a photo studio, and worked there for most of my adolescence. All of my spare time was spent building sets, or making materials for my own pictures. Making pictures come alive, whether they be moving images or still frames, is all I know how to do.

C: When I was 13 or 14 i was given a point and shoot camera, which then moved into a 35mm b&w camera.  I used to take pictures of only two of my friends because they were the best at acting and I would tell them to act scenarios out.  I had always loved videos and animation but didn’t quite have the knowledge of how to make these things, I learned a lot at SVA and basically quit still imagery and now I really only do motion based things.

What type of directing do you see yourself doing?

We are all about making work that pushes boundaries, and moves art forward. We like colorful, new, and exciting ideas.  Paying respect to the past, while thinking about what is new.

Where were you born and raised?

M: Born and raised in Rhode Island, and parts of New England. I went to high school and am now going to college at  SVA.

C: Born and raised in NYC on the upper west side. I graduated from The Rudolf Steiner School and attend The School of Visual Arts.

What are your favorite movies?

C: Edward Scissorhands, Lords of Dogtown, Billy Elliot, Labyrinth

Favorite snacks?

Lemon heads

Pb&J

Video games?

M:Sonic the Hedgehog

C: Donkey Kong

Director?

Peter Greenway

Photographer?

Robert Wilson, Pierre et Gilles, Bernard Faucon, Roger Ballen, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus

Artist?

Keith Haring,  Julie Taymor, Friends With You, Mike Kelly,

Who do you most idolize?

Robert Smith

Cyndi Lauper

a lot of people….

Press:

The Creators Project (Vice.com)

Noisey (Vice.com)

Paper Mag

Paper Mag

Animal New York

Collab Cubed

Red Lighter Films
Directors
Bucky Fukumoto
Director
Tim White
Director

Tim is a commercial and music video director who had his first lucky break in 2011; when he and two friends were commissioned by STA Travel to fly around the world for six weeks. The result was the unexpectedly successful Move, Eat & Learn films that garnered over a million views within 24 hours of release. These films launched him from complete obscurity to moderate obscurity overnight and has given him the ability to further develop his unique filmmaking voice. In 2013, Tim was nominated for the Young Director Award in Cannes for his branded short film ‘Shaping History, Shaping Tomorrow’ for Keio University.

He would define himself as being a part of a new generation of filmmakers who focus on creating highly engaging content with small tight knit crews; preferring unplanned and serendipitous adventures to overly styled and carefully organised shoots. His trademark has become his fast paced, intricately woven edits that give the aspirational content just the right amount of breathing room. This, coupled with his love for mixed foley and original musical scores have seen Tim etch out a corner in the market that is purely his own.

Where were you born and raised?

Melbourne, Australia

What has your best work experience been?

Renting a CineFlex Helicopter in Tokyo. There was my DOP in the chopper and myself in the back of a sports car driven by a stunt driver. I was speeding over the Rainbow bridge with the chopper chasing alongside. Wild times.

What has your worst work experience been?

I accidentally found myself in the middle of a riot whilst shooting in Santiago, Chile. I got tear gassed and nearly lost the camera to an armored water cannon.

What are your favorite movies?

The Holy Mountain, Koyaanisqatsi, Brazil, The Thing, Fargo

Favorite snack?

Peanut M&Ms

Video games?

Civilization II was the bomb.

Directors?

David Cronenberg, Spike Jonze, Takashi Miike, Coen Bros, Werner Herzog

Photographers?

Nobuyoshi Araki, Ellen Rogers, Juergen Teller, Anton Corbijn, Lance Acord

Artists?

Mark Whalen, Yayoi Kusama, Skinner, Johnny Ryan, Phil Collins, Keiichi Tanaami, Maurizio Cattelan + Pierpaolo Ferrari, Isabella Rossellini

Who do you most idolize?

Jim Henson – what a boss

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done?

Last year I spent all my savings on a sex doll and shipped him to Japan for a shoot. Now the most expensive thing I own is a lifelike silicone male sex doll and he’s still in Japan.

Have you ever gotten in trouble with the law, known groups or the government?

Let’s just say I won’t be returning to Guatemala any time soon.

What century/decade would you most like to live in?

The vibe sounded real cool in the 70s.

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Tajana Dedić-Starović
Director/Photographer
Violet Paley
Director
Xaviera López
Director