Thanks for taking the time to check out my work. Just as an FYI: Virtually every piece of content on this site has been conceptualized, written, directed, and even edited by yours truly - working on shoestring budgets ($10K - $30K) with virtually no production lasting for more than a single day. Nevertheless, some of these works have gone on to win major awards and many of them proved wildly popular with the public (inspiring new trends and parodies), while others challenged societal norms and boundaries, causing a great deal of controversy and even getting banned from TV!
Here's my bio in a nutshell: I was born in a tiny East European country called Georgia. My family and I immigrated to the States in the early 90’s as a direct consequence of ending up on the losing side of an atrocious civil war following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The US government granted us political asylum and I’ve lived in the States ever since — finishing High School in Texas, getting a double BA in Economics and Film Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, and earning my MFA in Directing from Chapman Film School in OC, California.
My master thesis short film Beholden was selected in numerous film festivals around the country as well as the world - winning a bunch of "Grand Jury" and “Best of Contest” awards (13 to be exact). This got me the attention of some top agents and producers in Hollywood, but unfortunately, due to the lack of a commercially viable script, it didn't really pan out into a job of a feature-length film director. :( And so, while keeping the dream alive, I turned to a different craft: advertising. I wrote and directed a self-funded spec-ad and it ended up going viral with more than 2 million views on YouTube! And I was hooked from the very first taste.
And so, to hone my skills, I decided to return to the country of my birth (a totally reformed place since I had left it) - where I’ve been shooting video ad campaigns over the past couple of years. And in that time, besides getting a ton of invaluable experience as an artist, I can confidently say I have become an expert at getting the absolute most out of the absolute least, while working under the shortest deadlines and the toughest, barest conditions. Not a bad set of skills for a Director to have. (:
Ad Black Sea:
Grand Prix - Swiss Capital, Best of Content - Swiss Capital,
Gold - Swiss Capital
Silver - Iveriabet
Best Independent Agency
Kiev Int'l Ad Festival (KIAF):
Silver - Swiss Capital
Silver - Saga
Bronze - Iveriabet
European Creativity Festival (ADCE):
Shortlist - Swiss Capital