- NEW YORK
Music video auteur Allie Avital has signed with Smuggler for worldwide commercial representation. Smuggler will also handle the New York-born and raised director for music videos. She had formerly been repped by Partizan.
Earlier this year, Avital’s “Quarrel” video for Moses Sumney won Special Jury Recognition at SXSW. In addition to her four-video series for Sumney, Avital has worked with Kesha, Jidenna, Afro B., Serpentwithfeet, Kelsey Lu, Chromeo, and many more. The director’s work has been Vimeo Staff Picked eight times, featured in The New York Times, NPR, Nowness, Buzzfeed, “best of” lists, has been nominated for Camerimage (Best Music Video and Best Cinematography), and the UKMVAs (2017 and ‘18). Her work has screened at the SXSW competition (Jury Recognition Award ‘19, ‘18), Sundance NEXT, BAM Cinemas, IFC, BUG, Havana Film Festival, and numerous other showcases. She recently participated in the Venice Biennale Cinema College program to develop her debut feature film The Naked Woman based on her short of the same name.
Smuggler has always been a craft driven company and Avital embodies that spirit. Her work draws inspiration from the music video auteur generation of the ‘90s. She represents a new generation of conceptually driven filmmakers using craft and technique in service of the idea. Patrick Milling Smith, co-founder and CEO of Smuggler, assessed, “Allie has that rare, unique ability to tell stories that are equal parts timeless and modern. She embraces the conceptual along with keeping an assured focus on narrative, creating story-worlds entirely her own.”
Avital said of Smuggler, “I’m so thrilled to be part of such an inspiring roster of filmmakers, and to be working with a new team committed to aesthetic and conceptual excellence, who I know will match my ambition and push me to my creative limits at every turn.”