Chris Riess and Amy Hill first met while they were students collaborating on a documentary about Gen X at the Art Center College of Design. A spec commercial they shot caught the eye of Robert Redford who funded and debuted the project at the Sundance Film Festival. This and a subsequent celebrity driven spot led to the team being signed for commercial representation, their inclusion in the Cannes New Director Showcase and within the first two years of their career, they received the first nomination given to a directing duo and female by the DGA.
Their ability to work across the broad spectrum of styles and subject matter has earned them a very unique place in the landscape of commercial and digital content. Their strong vision and capacity for storytelling that touches a span of pathos to comedy has enabled them to create content that highlights “a prowess for capturing emotions that ring true, stir the soul and attain touching poignancy.”
They have been instrumental in work on behalf of the family of Matthew Shepard, St. Jude Hospital, American Heart Association, Partnership for a Drug-Free America and numerous brands with global impact, including P&G, Salvation Army, Fidelity, Chase and Ford Motor Company. Their films for companies like Siemens demonstrate their ability to capture Americana both verbally and visually, with a true passion for working Americans in everything from manufacturing, and healthcare to farming and transportation.
Their spot for for SaferSex4Seniors garnered national attention both on television and social media and their piece for Gillette Venus #Useyourand was nominated for “Youtube Ad of the Year” and received over 35 million views.
For the past year, they have been working on a project about opiate addiction and several other doc/photo projects.
Chris is a DP and photographer and Amy does most of the talking.