- NEW YORK
Bicoastal m ss ng p eces has brought director Riley Stearns aboard its roster for his first career commercial representation. The company will handle him in the U.S. market. Stearns’ first foray into the ad arena comes on the heels of his critically acclaimed feature film The Art Of Self-Defense starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots and Alessandro Nivola. Stearns infuses productions with his idiosyncratic dark comedy and writers’ room experience as a narrative storyteller.
A Los Angeles transplant, originally from Austin, TX, Stearns started his career as a writer for Cartoon Network’s live action drama Tower Prep. In 2013, his short film The Cub was in competition at Sundance and after global festival recognition eventually landed on VICE. His feature film debut, Faults, starring Leland Orser and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, premiered at SXSW in 2014. The dark comedy/thriller about cult deprogramming found domestic theatrical distribution through Screen Media Films and the script was voted one of the top ten screenplays of the year on the Black List. In 2019, his sophomore feature, the aforementioned dark comedy The Art Of Self-Defense premiered at SXSW to glowing reviews. It was released domestically via Bleecker Street and internationally through Universal Pictures and is “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes at 83%. Stearns is currently in pre-production on this third feature, Dual, a dark comedy with sci-fi elements.
“I respond most to commercials that are really engaging and a little left of center, and m ss ng p eces felt like the right place for me,” said Stearns. “I look forward to applying my experience in features, and voice as a screenwriter into short form commercial narratives.”
Brian Latt, managing partner, m ss ng p eces, assessed, “Riley’s films are heartbreakingly human, with stories that are as funny as they are poignant. He is incredibly accomplished both as a director and a writer, and we look forward to bringing his unique talents to commercial clients.”