- SAN FRANCISCO
Production company Avocados and Coconuts has signed director Matthew Palmer for U.S. representation spanning commercials, branded content and music videos. Known for his stylized and cinematic documentary style, Palmer has helmed campaigns for Allbirds, GE, Accenture, Keurig, and Le Creuset, and music videos for such artists as Sam Fischer, Y.S.A.. and Night Hikes.
Palmer also has to his credit several documentaries which he has directed and produced, including One Week in April, a short film about toddler-related shootings in the U.S. The film earned him a slot in the 2017 Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes and was screened at the Calgary International Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival and the Tallgrass Film Festival. Palmer’s documentaries and shorts have garnered six Vimeo Staff picks. In addition, Palmer recently directed The Star, a narrative animated short.
“What drew me to Matt’s work was his versatility and ability to tell a great story in a fresh way no matter what the topic is,” says Dalia Burde, founder/executive producer of Avocados and Coconuts. “His drive to always put the story front and center and his passion for the stories he tells resonated with me and aligns really well with our ethos at Avocados.”
Palmer said, “As a filmmaker, I’ve always tried to put my energy and resources toward projects that matter to me personally. Dalia and her team live by this same philosophy and I’m excited that we can build on our brand work together.”
A graduate of NYU with a major in Media Studies and a minor in Film Production, Palmer was previously repped by Little Ugly, where he helmed music videos for Sam Fischer and a short brand film for Call Me Ishmael, an online project celebrating books.
Palmer is currently working on a brand film for lifestyle cycling brand Thereabouts, and has a short film, SHE, making its round in virtual festivals, including the Canadian International Fashion Film Festival and Fashion Film Festival Istanbul. He’s also completing his second feature documentary about Election Day and its impact on different people around the country, which is being associate-produced by Avocados and Coconuts.