Monday, November 22, 2010

Watch: Johan Kramer Talks Shop on Soccer

Like so many here at Chelsea, director Johan Kramer is a man of many talents - before launching his directing career, he was a pro soccer player for Ajax Amsterdam. For you hardcore soccer fans, he has a great new interview up over at Nalden on all things soccer-related (or football-related, depending on your preference). Follow the link to check it out, and below, here's the trailer for his award winning soccer documentary The Other Final:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Chelsea Welcomes Director Adriano Falconi

We here at Chelsea are proud to announce that we've signed an exciting new director to our roster with Adriano Falconi! To borrow from the press release:

Adriano Falconi is recognized internationally for his ability to tell a story through visuals, which earned him a spot as one of the 20 Next Directors by Boards Magazine. Since moving to the US in 2000, Adriano has directed a series of hugely successful advertising spots for clients including Mastercard, Jagermeister, Fiat Group, and Puma.

Falconi has also worked as a war photographer in the former Yugoslavia, recently launched work on his first two feature films, and this fall directed Jeremy Irons in a provocative new PSA for the 1 Billion Hungry project. Check it out below, and help us bid a warm welcome to the newest member of Chelsea!

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Reviews are in for Client 9

We here at Chelsea can stop holding our breath - Alex Gibney's latest documentary Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer hit US theaters today, and the reviews are starting to pour in! Below, a sampling of some of our favorites:

In The New York Times Manohla Dargis writes:

For Mr. Gibney, the juiciest parts of this story weren’t the explicit, sometimes banal details, like Mr. Spitzer’s famous black socks. No, the good stuff, as far as Mr. Gibney’s movie and Mr. Elkind’s book theorize, involves the power brokers who — enraged by Mr. Spitzer’s activism as attorney general, specifically in his hard-charging capacity as the Sheriff of Wall Street — might have had something to do with his downfall.

Variety has this to say:

Gibney is characteristically relentless in his research and interviewing...For all the information here, Gibney is unusual among investigative documentarians in that he never forgets he's making cinema. The shooting of interviews via multiple cameras by d.p. Maryse Alberti, particularly when Gibney is grilling the penitent Spitzer, is effective and striking."

The Washington Post raves that Client 9 is a "gripping portrait of a modern political hit..."

...and, naturally,The Village Voice was a bit more blunt:

The prolific documentarian -- Client 9 is Gibney's fourth film this year -- makes a persuasive case that the former governor may have been brought down not just by his penis, but by his deep-pocketed enemies.

We couldn't be more excited for Alex and Client 9, but don't just take our word for it -- get out there and see it for yourselves!