Production house SPLENDID & Co is excited to announce the addition of acclaimed Director Lesley Chilcott to their roster. An award-winning filmmaker, documentarian and producer, Chilcott reveals an art for compelling storytelling. Her exemplary work has brought to life some of society’s most pressing issues and leading edge causes, marking cultural and philosophical turning points in humanity. Her ability to weave together visually stunning images with captivating messaging delivers a sleek, visionary body of work.
Chilcott began her career in the commercial world before diving into the documentary arena as a producer of notable films such as Academy Award-winning AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, the Barack Obama biographic film A MOTHER’S PROMISE for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, IT MIGHT GET LOUD about legendary guitarists The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White and WAITING FOR SUPERMAN for which she received an award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary from the PGA.
Her current documentary CODEGIRL was released this November. The film tracks the story of 5,000 girls from 60 nations as they competed in an entrepreneurship and coding competition by Technovation. Prior to its release, Chilcott made the unprecedented move of releasing the film for free on YouTube before it hit theaters and in conjunction with Google’s Made with Code. In the five days it was available, it hit nearly one million views, and viewing parties among teen girls took place in countries all over the world including 64 Google offices worldwide.
Chilcott’s commercial focus establishes her aptitude for the lifestyle realm, directing spots for brands such as Motorola, AT&T, Corona, M&Ms and Cover Girl. Having wrapped CODEGIRL, her move to SPLENDID marks a focused interest in commercials.
“With so many great production companies in the mix, SPLENDID stood out to me as a highly inventive company that not only supports their talent but is ingenious in the way that they source truly interesting and different work,” remarks Chilcott. “This is very appealing to me.”
“Lesley brings such unique skill to our roster with her experience as a documentary filmmaker and commercial director,” says Erin Tauscher, SPLENDID Partner and Executive Producer. “Her ability to elicit incredible performances from real people as well as trained actors really stood out to me when I watched her body of work for the first time.”
Taylor Ferguson, Executive Producer and Tauscher’s Partner at SPLENDID continues to explain, “I've known Lesley for years. She's a real influencer in the documentary world and that is exciting to us. Her work exemplifies emotional courage and truth in storytelling.”
Chilcott’s work has taken her around the world, from the states to Cologne, London, Moldova, Brazil and Costa Rica, and has allowed her to work with such powerhouse agencies as BBDO, Razorfish, Weber Shandwick, DDB Chicago and Grey Advertising, to name a few.
SPLENDID & Co is a LA based production house, founded in 2002 and is a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified company.