Chris Riess and Amy Hill are a married directing team and were the first duo/first female director ever nominated for a DGA Commercial Directing Award. The pair met at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and have garnered Effies, Clios and Webby awards for their work in addition to being a part of the New Directors Showcase at Cannes. Their combined abilities have given them the opportunity to work with numerous organizations including The American Heart Association, Human Rights Coalition, Salvation Army, St. Judes, Partnership for a Drug-Free America and many more. Major companies such as Pepsi, Bank of America, Siemens, P&G, USMC and Chase have worked with them to create branded content that is distinguished for its candor and insight. Their work has been nominated for “Youtube Ad of the Year” and set records for impressions, views and donated media.
Hula Girl premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to play at film festivals all over the world. This past spring, the short doc was acquired by the Atlantic and played on TheWrap in August of 2019.. The duo was selected by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to create content for the midterm elections in 2018, and their film about fathers and daughters was acquired by the Ad Council in September of 2018. Thus far over six million ad dollars have been donated to the placement of the piece that began as a passion project. They currently have the rights to Ron McClarty’s highly acclaimed book “The Memory of Running,” and are writing the screenplay based on the novel.
The directors have two daughters and a mutt named Ramona. They live in Santa Monica, CA.