Global production company Partizan has signed director Floyd Russ for representation across the U.S., U.K., France and Canada.
Throughout his career, Russ has directed such projects as documentary Zion, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for best short documentary at the Oscars, won Emmys, and was ultimately acquired in a bidding war by Netflix. After that, Russ made the Netflix documentary Malice at the Palace, followed by his first narrative feature film, Ayar. He recently crafted a three-part documentary about the Boston Marathon bombing for Netflix, American Manhunt, is currently shooting a feature documentary with Imagine Entertainment, and developing a period horror feature film.
“Floyd has an exceptional eye for talent and stories, he seeks to breathe life into everything he does, infusing his work with a distinct emotional flair,” said Partizan Founder Georges Bermann in a statement.
“I was in film school when Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind came out, so for me, Partizan director Michel Gondry is like a God,” said Russ, also in a statement. “Partizan is filled with great established and young filmmakers at the forefront of their style, and the management and producers there are top-notch – a few of them I go way back with and trust very deeply.”
Mike Lobikis, Partizan’s US head of sales/executive producer, was a producer behind Russ’ first critically acclaimed Vice short A Piece of the Bottom. The pair have collaborated on the multi-awarded campaigns “Marriage Market” for SK-II with Forsman + Bodenfors and Ad Council spot “Love Cam” out of R/GA.
“For Floyd, it’s telling stories that allow for the subjects to be fully seen,” Lobikis said. “That has always been my favorite thing about him as a filmmaker. He puts the full array of raw and real human experiences on display in service to an overarching message.”
Russ’ early career was defined by producing award-winning work with Saatchi & Saatchi New York and Grey New York, where he produced and directed in-house spots. In the past decade, he has won two Emmys and directed films for such brands as Apple, Google, Infiniti, Kaiser and Gillette.
“Floyd possesses a remarkable ability to tell large-scale narratives as well as the most intimate tales, ultimately he has a storyteller’s heart,” said Partizan’s US Managing Director/Executive Producer Lisa Tauscher.