“As the scope of creative briefs continually evolve, we’re always seeking to enhance and build out the range of styles and approaches on our directorial roster, especially when directors are this gifted. Andrew’s distinct aesthetic lens, so uniquely rooted in music and movement, simply took my breath away,” said Darren Foldes, partner and managing director at Sibling Films, in a statement.
“I was very drawn to the sense of vitality and dedication to the craft so clearly present at the company,” said Winghart, also in a statement. “Moving forward, my goal is to challenge myself and extend beyond the staple signifiers of my own work. Sibling Rivalry’s enthusiasm for exploration gives me this freedom.”
For his latest project, Winghart directed, choreographed, produced, and composed the original score for short film, Step Into the Light.
Centering around a group of dancers from Columbia, Missouri, the film is set in the University of Missouri’s state-of-the-art basketball training facility, the Mizzou Arena. Winghart transformed the location for the shoot, making use of extensive scenic light elements, fabric and camera placement to explore the dancers in their environment.
With a background in choreography and prior collaborations with artists including Lorde, Muse, Solange and Billie Eilish, Winghart’s directorial style is strongly influenced by music and movement.
“There is something beautiful and intimate in the ephemeral nature of a live performance. I am increasingly interested in trying to capture the human emotion at the root of these heavily constructed environments. My work is certainly theatrical in scale and context, sometimes severe in its aesthetics but ideally welcoming and engaging to all types of audiences,” Winghart said.