Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas in November: Chelsea Signs Director Neil Abramson

Chelsea is closing out the year with a bang with the signing of director Neil Abramson! An industry veteran and Sundance regular, Abramson is a "director/cameraman with a global perspective and unmistakable vision". And a swell guy! You can find our SourceTV coverage here, our Creativity coverage here, and our Shoot magazine coverage here. The full press release is below:




Chelsea is proud to announce the signing of Neil Abramson, a director/cameraman with a global perspective and unmistakable vision. A filmmaker and photographer with an unflinching eye and distinct purpose, in the commercial realm Abramson is known as a storyteller with exquisite photography. His client list includes Nike, McDonald’s, Cadillac, Ad Council, Jack Daniels, Acura, Merrill Lynch, and Lexus. His industry awards include a Clio, a Silver and Golden Lion, and an AICP Show award.

Chelsea partner Allison Amon adds, “Having previously worked with Neil during my time at Palomar, I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with him again. His creative process is an excellent fit for the way Chelsea works.”

Abramson’s feature and documentary films explore the dramatic components of everyday life, focusing on the triumphs and difficulties people encounter. Abramson’s latest feature film, American Son, premiered at Sundance and was distributed nationally by Miramax/Disney. Starring Nick Cannon, the film follows a young Marine during his last 96 hours on leave before having to depart for duty in Iraq.

The film exemplifies the hallmarks of Abramson’s work, sensitivity, powerful emotions, compelling stories, and intimate photography. Abramson’s debut film, Without Air, also a Sundance premiere, was heralded as a tough and uncompromising portrait of a woman on the edge, and his documentary Soldier Child was championed by the United Nations to call attention to the horrific plight of child soldiers in Uganda.

Chelsea partner Lisa Mehling said, “Neil’s work is outstanding, in both entertainment and advertising. His strength as a visual storytelling is a compliment to the to the Chelsea roster.”

Abramson lives in Los Angeles.