Chris Riess, Amy Hill Return To Festival Circuit; Will Debut "Hula Girl" At Tribeca (SHOOT)
Riess/Hill--the groundbreaking husband-and-wife directorial duo of Chris Riess and Amy Hill--is about to make its first showing at the Tribeca Film Festival, set to debut the documentary short Hula Girl on April 19.
Riess and Hill are no strangers to the festival circuit, having gotten early career momentum many moons ago when their Sundance Film Fest spec trailer caught the eye of Robert Redford who asked for a sequel, funding and debuting it at Sundance. This and a subsequent celebrity-driven spot led to Riess and Hill being signed for commercial representation, their inclusion in the Cannes New Director Showcase and within the first two years of their careers, they made history at the DGA Awards on two fronts. In 1999, Riess/Hill became the first duo and Hill the first woman to be nominated for the DGA Award in commercials. Riess/Hill’s DGA nod came on the strength of work for: Saturn via Publicis & Hal Riney, San Francisco; Long John Silver out of jordanmcgrathcase&partners, New York; AmSouth for Slaughter Hanson Advertising, Birmingham, Ala.; and Bronson Medical Center via Biggs & Gilmore, Kalamazoo, Mich.