RESIDENCE: Director-in-residence program in partnership with FREE THE WORK
Image by: Pete Lee
RESIDENCE fosters unprecedented collaboration between today’s leading storytellers and brands. Designed to amplify and support historically underrepresented content creators by building meaningful connections with both the production and brand communities. The RESIDENCE program gives mid-career and emerging underrepresented talent new levels of exposure to the world’s biggest brands and brand storytelling opportunities, translating efforts into real work. As a launch partner, FREE THE WORK co-curated the inaugural class and crafted workshops and currently advises on future cohorts and partner programs.
Meet the Inaugural Class 2022
Director + Digitally Native, Human Storytelling
Pete is a Taiwanese-born filmmaker based in California with a background in social work. Loves kinetic storytelling. Loves unlikely heroes. Loves dumplings.
Director, Photographer + Tabletop/ Product, Human Storytelling
Shaandiin Tome is a filmmaker based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She just won Best Short Doc at SXSW for Long Line of Ladies.
Director + Human Storytelling, Documentary
Lamont Lamar is a Philly bred, LA-based director, producer, and writer who aims to explore the real untold stories within queer and BIPOC communities through film.
Director, Screenwriter + Advocacy
Taylor Garrett is a director that is seeking to tell narrative stories that are meaningful and impactful to those experiencing the story.
Director, DP + Human Storytelling
Aisha Schliessler is a writer and director living in Los Angeles, California. A third-generation filmmaker, life behind the camera is in her blood. She has worked across a wide range of projects including short films, music videos, and commercials.
Director, Screenwriter + Human Storytelling, Automotive
Latinx, Punk, Director/Writer/Producer, Ex-BuzzFeed, Comedy/Drama/Social Justice. Never Stop Creating.
Director, Writer + Comedy, Dialogue
Shadae Lamar Smith is an American-British filmmaker who combines movement with his own edgy style to create visual and beautiful work.
Shadae Lamar Smith
Director, Creative Director + Invisible
Queer non-binary filmmaker & comic book creator. Comedy, queer stuff, silly stuff. Narrative, genre, music, sports.
Director, Writer + Invisible
Kadri is an Estonian cinematographer/director sharing her time between Los Angeles, New York and Europe.
Director, DP + Human Storytelling, Documentary
Giraffe Studios Imagination Emporium, Los Angeles is an immersive, full-service , in-house studio run by directors and sisters Juliana and Nicky Giraffe.
Director + Non-traditional
Director + Digitally Native, Social, TikTok, Influencer 500K