Stories are everything,Everything is a story.
Who We Are
What is at our core? In a word: creativity. Part kindred spirits, part creative network, we are filmmakers, artists, producers and entrepreneurs coming together from all corners of the globe to create compelling content within the arts, music, film, fashion, sports and cultural communities.
We take our life’s mission very seriously, and thanks to the Internet’s egalitarian ways we are able to connect, collaborate and distribute our work and ideas beyond the walls of our respective communities, making perhaps small yet far-reaching differences in this world.
- Natalie Johns Director + Producer
Filmmaker Natalie Johns was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in South Africa and established her career in the London where she specialized in music television with Channel 4, MTV and production company Done and Dusted.
Johns has spearheaded many music for film projects around the world and worked with a diverse range of artists including Jay-Z, Spiritualized, the Rolling Stones, Gorillaz, John Legend & The Roots, Lenny Kravitz, REM, Morrissey and most recently worked alongside Amnesty International directing the Electric Burma concert for Aung San Suu Kyi.
After relocating to New York and inspired by the new opportunities in distribution, Johns founded Dig for Fire in 2007—a new venture in storytelling and film, tailored for the digital age.
Commercial clients have included iTunes, Rock the Vote, Coca-Cola and more recently Natalie has acted as a director and creative consultant on all music film for Spotify during it’s launch in the US and ongoing marketing campaigns.
She is a guest director on PBS’s Emmy Nominated international hit “The Artists Den”. Currently, Natalie is bringing her diverse sensibilities to a number of feature length projects, “If I Ventured In the Slipstream,” a documentary that offers an impressionistic take on independent music and its future. This year she directed and produced “Essie Jain, All Became Golden”, a record film with a romantic British chanteuse who rediscovers her love of music through a collaboration with New York composer Nico Muhly and filmmaker Natalie Johns.
Accolades include Best Commissioned program on the multichannels for The MTV Nike Freestyler TV Documentary in 2001, a Billboard Women in Music nomination in 2010 and an OMMA Award for the FADER +Nikesportswear Pitch Perfect documentary series. In 2011 “Music for RAIN”, conceived by Johns received a Gold at the Digital Impact Awards – an artistic collaboration with musicians Chris Taylor and Solange Knowles for Coca Cola’s Replenish Africa Initiative, devoted to supplying clean water to Africans. The YouTube live webcast series “The Switch” directed by Johns and produced alongside the French video blog La Blogotheque was nominated for an “O Award” and listed as #8 in 140 Proof’s 10 ten Social Ad campaigns of 2012.
Natalie currently resides in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, NY.
- Oualid MouanessCreative Director + Producer// Tricycle Logic
Oualid Mouaness founded Tricycle Logic in the year 2000 and has been creating images since its inception. In this current decade of rapid change, Tricycle and its creative partners look to merge ideas and explore media conduits that thrill and transcend. Creating a social and artistic discourse is paramount.
Oualid Mouaness has produced numerous commercials and music videos with RSA/Black Dog Films Films, HSI Productions and Anonymous Content collaborating with directors Floria Sigismondi, David LaChapelle, Jonas Ackerlund, Robert Hales, and Meiert Avis among others. Mouaness’ independent documentary and narrative feature works include KITCHEN PRIVILEGES aka HOUSEBOUND (SXSW 2000), RIZE (Sundance 2005), and PARIS, NOT FRANCE (2009). His directing work includes shorts films and promos. Up next is a feature film titled “1982″ which he wrote and is slated to direct in 2014. He is a RAWI / SUNDANCE Screenwriting Lab Fellow. View the work of Oualid Mouaness and Tricyle Logic here
- Colin O’TooleDirector
Colin’s ‘northern soul’ and grasp of narrative attract legions of artists to work with him and see his work spanning advertising, music and documentary projects. Commercial clients have included Adidas, Reebok, Sony Playstaion, Nissan and Alfa Romeo. In 2009 his commercial for the Home Office Anti-Knife Crime ‘Pick It Up’ was awarded a D&AD. In music, Colin has directed numerous films for Polydor Records and in particular for cult music legend Ian Brown. At the 2009 UK MVA’ Colin was nominated for an ‘Innovation Aawrd’ for short film and music video Deadmau5 ‘I Remember’ funded by ‘YourOwnClothing.com,’ starring Stephen Graham. In long form, Colin has contributed to documentaries for Channel 4 and has co-directed a six part observational documentary ‘Drivetime’ for the BBC4. Other accolades for his films include nomination for ‘Bloomberg Best Newcomer’ at the prestigious Grierson Documentary Film Award and exhibits at the V&A and Bilbao Guggenheim.
- Bucky Fukumoto Director
Simplicity with Fluidity, a common description you’ll come across from reviewers of his work and it hits the nail on the head. Bucky graduated from CalArts, kicking off his career in graphic design at Girl Skateboard Company. He quickly transitioned to motion graphics at FUEL Inc, but as a then young art director and graphic designer he began collaborating on music videos with people like Roman Coppola and Spike Jonze whose skate video “yeah right” has Bucky written all over it. Everyone who meets Bucky loves him, even the least pleasable man in music, Morrissey. Bucky has directed more than six of his music videos and documented more live shows than he can count. His video credits include names like Pete Yorn, St Vincent, Futureheads and Audioslave. He likes to think this has all earned him the right to be called Mr. Bucky and continues to validate his rock n’ roll status as designer director with his most recent work in 3D ‘Redbull Skateboarding meets Paint”
- Iain & JaneVisual Artists + Directors
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively while students at Goldsmiths College, London, UK. Working predominantly with film, video and sound, they exhibit internationally and are featured in collections worldwide, including the Tate Gallery. Their recent projects have included ‘Radio Mania’, a 3D film commissioned by the British Film Institute, ‘Silent Sound’, an ambisonic sound installation scored by J. Spaceman (Spiritualized) and ‘Walking After Acconci’, which gave British rapper Plan B (aka actor Ben Drew) his first screen role. In 2008 the artists were invited by Nick Cave to direct their first music video, which has led to an ongoing working relationship. As well as a series of promo clips and live sessions with the Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Forsyth & Pollard have also produced the 3D audiobook for Cave’s novel ‘The Death of Bunny Munro’ and are currently directing a series of 14 films to accompany the reissue of the Bad Seed’s back catalogue. These films have premiered at film festivals worldwide. Other artists they’ve directed videos for include Gil Scott-Heron, Tindersticks, Fanfarlo, Twin Shadow, Mystery Jets and British Sea Power. Forsyth & Pollard are also experienced strategists, working with record labels in the UK to develop marketing campaigns and digital capability over the last ten years. You can view a collection of all their work at IainandJane.tv. Their collective experience and creative ability is truly unique.