Ovrture works with a network of directors and creators across our brand and series work. These talented folks are the minds and hands that help bring our projects to life.
Take a look, below:
An award-winning director/producer and one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers to Watch. Her latest feature documentary, A Suitable Girl, world premiered in competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine and was awarded the Albert Maysles Best Documentary Director prize at the festival. Currently, her television documentary St. Louis Superman is playing at top tier film festivals around the world and her first television ad, Bumble’s “Equal Not Loose” starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, is on screens across India.
Smriti holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA from California State University, Northridge and Art Center College of Design. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, screenwriter Christian Magalhães, and their daughter Isabel.
Dero graduated from Miami University with BFA’s in design, sculpture and glass blowing. After graduation, he set out traveling the country, creating sculptural, hand blown, glass art.
He eventually made a career change and became an Art Director working at Y&R, Olson + Co Minneapolis, Leo Burnett Chicago, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, T1LA, and Deutsch LA. He then helped start up and manage SUPERMOON LA where he was a partner and Executive Creative Director. Feeling the need to focus more on directing, Dero has moved on to a hybrid creative director/director role where he works directly with agencies and brands not only concepting the work, but also directing it.
His work has been showcased in all of the major award shows and has received praise from the likes of The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CNN, Good Morning America, Wired, Yahoo, and Fox News.
Ali has accrued over 20 years of experience as a director and cinematographer in film and television with shows appearing on ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, History Channel, Discovery Channel, TLC, MSNBC, A&E, Netflix, and Spotify. In 2017, Ali worked one-on-one with Sir Ridley Scott as the Director of AI (Artificial Intelligence), a pilot for Scott Free Productions.
In 2007, Ali earned his Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography from the American Film Institute, graduating at the top of his class and winning the American Society of Cinematographers Student Award for his thesis film, Green.
The son of an award-winning Iranian cinematographer, Ali immigrated to America as a boy intent on making his own mark. He devoted twenty years of his life to becoming a three-time national champion in Judo and near Olympian in the 2000 games, but his naturally rooted connection to film and visual storytelling kept calling.
Mercedes’ third feature length documentary – the award-winning Breakfast at Ina’s - premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival before being acquired by American Public Television for a 2019 nationwide broadcast. It has screened at 50+ film festivals and educational screenings nationwide, garnering a number of awards including several audience awards and Best Documentary Feature.
Mercedes’ previous films include Today We Saw the Face of God (2012, distributed by Anderson Digital), the story of medical responders stationed at one of the only standing hospitals during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her first film, Hearts of Hope (2009) is a glimpse inside the world of congenital heart defects and the work of a world-renowned surgeon. Mercedes acted as producer on the recent feature film Banana Season (2018) and was associate producer and first AD on the feature ﬁlm Chicago Heights, named “One of the Best Art Films of 2010” by Roger Ebert.
Award winning filmmaker Ky Dickens is best known for her highly acclaimed documentary work and her endless list of questions. Ky’s latest film Zero Weeks (2018), about America’s paid leave crisis, premiered the trailer at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, hosted by Oprah and Michelle Obama and won four awards on the festival circuit.
Ky soon-to-be-released film The city that Sold America (2019), is about Chicago’s crucial, yet often-overlooked place in American consumer culture. The film is a sequel to Emmy-award winning Art & Copy. Ky directed the highly-acclaimed documentary Sole Survivor, which profiles four survivors of otherwise fatal plane crashes. Sole Survivor was acquired by CNN Films for broadcast and theatrical release. It was named the “Best Feature Film” at the BMA Awards. Ky’s 2009 feature documentary, Fish out of Water, won four juror prizes and secured international distribution by First Run Features. The film was inducted into the United States Library of Congress in 2011 for its instrumental role in changing the national perspective on LGBTQ human rights.
In addition to her feature film work, Ky directs and produces TV shows, short films and content for some of the biggest brands in America. Her clients include Tylenol, Sears, McDonald’s, Koehler, Purina, Huggies, Hallmark, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Wrangler. Ky is featured on the highly competitive “Free The Bid” list of the top recommended female directors in America. Ky graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her wife and daughter.