Street Talk for October 11, 2019
Gillian Zinser

Director Gillian Zinser has joined London-based production house Lief for commercials and branded content in Europe. A filmmaker, actress, activist and photographer with a background in humanitarian aid and journalism, Zinser is an ideal fit for the company’s #NEWLIEF division where founder Margo Mars and her team discover, introduce and build directing talent. Zinser has directed several short films, each one poignant. Among them are the docu-pieces Kodak Presents: Nightlight and Get Off Your Damn Phone, and the brilliant eight-minute Whoever You Are about a Vietnam vet who finds salvation in a stranger and in which Zinser plays the supporting role. Her talent for capturing authenticity from her subjects and diffused, ethereal style has naturally led her into the commercial space, crafting work for clients such as Chanel, Bode, Datura, Araks, Dôen, Matches Fashion, Free People, and the XP Foundation. Zinser’s current focus is creating documentary films that combat stereotypes, celebrate resilience and which deepen our understanding for one another. One such project focuses on liberation and bravery within the transgender community in Cuba, inspired by Adela Hernández, a trans woman who was elected to public office despite the systemic cultural repression of the LGBTQ+ community there. Zinser’s artistic talent stretches to her career as an actress, most famously for playing Ivy Sullivan in The CW reboot of 90210....  

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