Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis’ feature directorial debut LUV was an official selection in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition. Candis directed the feature length documentary BALTIMORE BOYS for the prestigious ESPN Films banner.
Candis has also directed WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA for the Sundance Now Doc Club original series Take 5: Justice in America. The short documentary chronicles America’s love affair and easy accessibility to guns. Candis also directed the short docu-series ‘I WILL WHAT I WANT’ for Under Armour and ballerina phenom Misty Copeland.
Recently, Candis wrapped production on WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHTEST, the next chapter of the cult following video game series NBA 2K for Springhill Entertainment and 2K Studios. Executive Produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, starring Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, and Lamorne Morris.
Iain is an industry veteran whose skill as both a cinematographer and a director make for unforgettable visuals. Born and raised in the U.K., he earned a degree in photographic arts and film from Polytechnic of Central London (PCL) and cut his teeth as a cinematographer before entering into directing. A passion for craft and a talent for filmmaking quickly established him as a successful hybrid, a focused and technically savvy director who lenses his own projects.
In the years since, Iain has worked with clients including Coors Light, The Home Depot, Lexus, Visa, Campbell’s, Mercedes, McDonald’s, PNC Bank, Dow, Subaru, and many more, making his mark across the U.S., Europe, and Australia. He has earned countless awards including numerous Cannes Lions, D&AD Pencils, London International Advertising Awards, and a spot on Campaign Brief’s list of the top 20 directors of all time; he is also a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society.
Iain’s prolific body of work ranges from dramatic to humorous and linear to surreal, but each piece is always anchored by a firm sense of story and atmosphere. His camera skills and innate storytelling ability allow him to craft a complete story within every single frame, leaving viewers immersed and fulfilled.
Sitges Film Festival “Star Trek 50th Anniversary”
Jörn Threlfall is a director based in London and LA, where he’s represented for commercials by Outsider and Native Content respectively. Jörn studied film and theatre in Berlin, and went on to work for The Discovery Channel and Channel 4 / 4Creative in London. His diverse commercial work has garnered a multitude of honors worldwide, including Cannes Lions, and a Gold and Black Pencil at the D&AD Advertising Awards. His 30 minute film “Mojado”, shot in Mexico, played to critical acclaim at many festivals globally, including Rhode Island (US), Guanajuato (Mexico) and Raindance (London). It won Best Short Film, International Human Rights, at the Artivist Film Festival in LA in 2014. Jörn’s short film “Over” was shot in West London 2 years ago. It won the Grand Jury Prize at 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the Grand Prix at Odense, Uppsala, Regensburg and Dresden International Film Festivals, the Best of British Award at Encounters in Bristol, Best Experimental Short at Message to Man in St. Petersburg, and Best Short at the Hamptons International Film Festival. It was invited to screen at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2016, and was nominated for a European Film Academy Award and Critics Circle Awards in 2015/6. It screened in the International Narrative Short section at Sundance Film Festival 2016. His video triptych “The Borrowers”, shot in Sigmund Freud’s study in Hampstead, London, will be exhibited at the Freud House in 2018. Jörn has just completed his most recent short “Dawn”, shot in July 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is currently developing a feature-length film ‘Portal’ through his London-based company Lenaray Films. He was selected as one of the BFI/Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow 2015” and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2016.
Bullets, Trees, and Brotherhood
Zurich “Save The Snowman”
Hailing from Prag, Czech Republic, Robin Polák emigrated with his parents to Germany at an early age. After a few film set positions following college, he worked for MTV as an intern, then as a trainee. During this time, he shot several trailers, TV-formats and short films. After two years he became an editorial journalist. Soon after, he quit his MTV stint and began his work as a freelance director. In 2009 he won the Gold Young Director Award at Cannes and many international awards followed in the coming years. In 2016 he joined Czar Film Germany. His latest short film Speechless has been extremely successful on the festival route, picking up “Best of Fest” at the St. Louis International Film Festival and the coveted Crystal Punt Audience Award at Cambridge Film Festival. Robin is currently based in Berlin, working as a director and writer. His work stands for storytelling, subtle humor and a strong cast.
Volkswagen “Paper Clip”
Jerome Wald III
Jerome Wald III – BIO coming soon.
Shaun grew up in Clyde Texas, a tiny West Texas Town known for its tasty bbq and Friday night football. The sports bug was born into him at an early age, but the filmmaking ambition came along a bit later. In college, he studied film, design and animation. Beginning his career in post-production he’s worked as a creative director on a wide variety of vfx heavy commercials, film titles, and film effects garnering an Emmy and multiple BDAs along the way. After shadowing a series of talented directors he made the career moved into the director’s chair and has had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest brands and athletes of the world. With an eye for design and vfx he’s always eager to find new avenues to storytelling and continues to experiment during his free time.
Based in New York, Sorrel Brae is an award-winning filmmaker and poignant storyteller known for his combination of stunning visuals and authentic characters. Brae has tailored his craft working with with a range of leading brands including Proctor & Gamble, the NFL, Mozilla Firefox, Bank of America, American Express, Toyota, and others. His first work with Native was PhRMA’s “Go Boldly” which aired earlier this year. Brae has earned numerous honors throughout his career including an ADDY, a One Show award, a Webby, and the Young Director Award at Cannes Lions. His independent short films such as “A Film by Vera Vaughn” and “The Trial of Barnaby Finch” have screened at festivals around the world and were named Vimeo Staff Picks.
Stewart Hendler is an acclaimed director who has been on the forefront of digital and experimental original content. He directed “Halo: Forward Unto Dawn,” a five-part digital action series for Microsoft which earned a Primetime Emmy nomination and multiple Streamy Award wins including Best Drama Series. He also directed and executive produced (alongside Bryan Singer) the digital series “H+” for Warner Bros., which features 48 short non-linear episodes that can be rearranged for different storytelling experiences. “H+” also earned several Streamy Awards including Best Director.
As an AICP Award-winning commercial director, Hendler’s clients include VW, Maserati, Budweiser, Adidas, MTV, Mercedes, Motorola, Zune, and others. Hendler is skilled at both live action and CG-heavy projects, and his work both transports viewers and challenges them to think differently.
When nine-year old Chris Stanford joined other fans before the stage of a Ricky Skaggs concert at the Grand Old Opery, no one knew it was a foreshadowing of his future. While wanting to capture the moment with his birthday gift camera, it was Chris who was instantly captivated. As he snapped photo after photo he instinctively knew he was recording not just a special moment in time, but the spirit of the moment itself. That feeling still resonates and is the cornerstone of his work today.
A product of the Deep South with a passion for playing loud guitars and sports, the first question Chris asks anyone is “Where are you from?” Raised on tales of generations past and a world he wasn’t yet able to explore, he developed an early affinity for storytelling. His love of hearing others’ stories and telling his own shaped him more than anything as an artist and led to him carving out a successful career in portraiture and as a photojournalist. With a focus on musicians, artists, athletes and celebrities, his work with A-listers and Fortune 500 companies has been featured in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.
He made a seamless transition into motion in 2009, directing commercials and videos for clients including Ford, Google, Adidas and Pepsi. Combining an unwavering commitment to storytelling with his impeccable visual taste and contemporary, hip style, Chris captures stunning images that transport viewers through the looking glass and into heightened sensory experiences.
When Chris isn’t traveling the globe for work he lives in Los Angeles with his family and two dogs.
Swinton “Nagging Doubt”
Kevin’s love of film started early, seeing movies way too advanced for him in the aisles of Blockbuster video. He took that burgeoning love to film school, where he worked for both NPR and PBS. Kevin’s work features diverse casts and authentic moments with prominent emotional emphasis. Whether it be for short films or commercial work, he connects to his audience through feeling and prides himself on finding the human side of every story.
Kevin’s diverse list of clients has included the Utah Jazz, Delta Airlines, Athleta, The National Endowment for the Arts, Everlast, Apothic Wine, Kwikset, Cox Business, Lulu Lemon, and Marriott.
Tony has been honing his craft as a performance director over the past fifteen years in advertising, short form and feature film projects.
Starting out as an editor not only taught Tony how the puzzle pieces of production converged, but it was in the edit suite where he learnt coverage and film rhythm; one of the most valuable assets for any director in both drama and comedy.
Tony then began his studies in a Masters of Film and Video Production from UTS where he graduated with honors, he was then accepted into the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School to complete his masters in directing.
Now with a slate of two feature films under his belt, over sixty commercials and a host of advertising awards in direction including a few Cannes Lions, Kinsale Spikes, and Golden Pencils, Tony prides himself on development comedy with heart, rich dramatic performances and emotive montage pieces.
Batman “Arkham Knight”
Pick Up! “Ride”
ADT “Night Watch”
Amazon “Echo +Genesis”
Gatorade “I Will Not Stop”
The Native/Schrom partnership offers access to Schrom’s directing talent in tabletop for major food brands paired with Native’s long-time brand and agency clientele. Schrom, led by director Michael Schrom, has earned its place as an industry-leading production company specializing in the digital capture for the tabletop category.
World of Tanks “Anniversary”
Budweiser “Liquid Chicken”
K Mart “Pool”
Micasa “Cooper Family”
Mountain Dew “Dew Drop”
Amazon “Echo + Jaguar”
The Native/Schrom partnership offers access to Schrom’s directing talent in tabletop for major food brands paired with Native’s long-time brand and agency clientele. Schrom, led by director Michael Schrom, has earned its place as an industry leader specializing in the digital capture for the tabletop category.