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  • Friday, Apr. 19, 2024
Director Ella Ezeike Joins Eleanor For Commercials and Branded Content

Director Ella Ezeike has joined production house Eleanor for her first U.S. representation spanning commercials and branded content. 

Drawn to narrative-style films but unafraid to waver from linear structure, Ezeike has turned out such work as Words We Don’t Say, a poignant exploration of the relationship between an estranged immigrant father and his American-born daughter. The short was inspired by Ezeike’s conversations with friends about the complexities of intergenerational communication. “I thought of making Words We Don’t Say to humanize our fathers, but not alienate the experiences of their daughters,” shared Ezeike whose cinematic portfolio is a journey into ethereal visual worlds steeped in character and emotion. For Ezeike, filmmaking is a powerful outlet for emotion, and an avenue to explore the nuances of identity.

Ezeike’s ad credits include work for such brands as Zalando and Highsnobiety. She is repped in the U.K. market by Partizan.

Sophie Gold, president of Eleanor, said, “I love Ella’s work. The way that she began her directing journey blew me away. Film is not an easy medium, and she entered this world shooting exclusively on film. That demands an incredible decisiveness and taste level. That impeccable discernment shines throughout her stunning body of work.”

Of her new production company roost, Ezeike said, “I feel like my work is understood here. “Eleanor is very targeted with the kind of work that they want to make. And the kind of directors they’re bringing on. For me, when I met Sophie, the founder, I just felt like she was no bullshit. And I love personality types like that. Because you know what you’re getting from them. There’s no smoke and mirrors. I feel like I’ll be looked after here.”


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