LA-based SixTwentySix proudly announces it has welcomed the extraordinarily talented filmmaker, Marysia Makowska, to its esteemed roster of creative visionaries. Makowska's unique perspective and artistic prowess have made her a captivating force in the industry, and her addition to SixTwentySix further solidifies the company's commitment to exceptional storytelling. Signing to SixTwentySix marks Makowska’s first US representation.
Hailing from a diverse background, Makowska's creative journey has been nothing short of remarkable. After growing up in Legionowo, a small town in Poland, she studied industrial design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Following her studies, she began her career in advertising as an art director, working in Warsaw and Cape Town for over a decade before moving to NYC and ultimately transitioning to becoming a director.
Possessing a keen eye for detail and an innate ability to capture the essence of her subjects, Makowska has garnered acclaim for her visually stunning and emotionally resonant work. Whether it's through commercial projects, music videos, or short films, Makowska infuses her storytelling with a distinct blend of authenticity and imagination.
With an impressive body of work already under her belt, Makowska has worked with renowned brands including McDonald’s, Puma, Pepsi, o.b.,Kate Spade NY, Unilever, Volkswagen, Disney, and BMG, crafting visually striking campaigns that have left a lasting impact. Agencies she has partnered with on campaigns include McCann NY, BBDO Atlanta, Razorfish NY, Red Antler NY, Ogilvy, McKinney, Fancy NY, DDB Warsaw, 180heartbeats + JUNG v. MATT, and VMLY&R. Her ability to weave narratives that transcend boundaries, while evoking genuine emotion, has earned her recognition and accolades from industry peers and audiences alike.
Makowska's directorial style is characterized by a meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of the human experience - primarily dedicated to stories focused on women, female empowerment, and the LGBTQ+ community. She masterfully captures the subtleties of her subjects, drawing emotionally authentic performances from real people/non-actors by creating compelling narratives that resonate on a profound level. Her visual storytelling is an art form in itself, showcasing her ability to transform ordinary moments into extraordinary cinematic experiences by combining naturalistic performances with stylized art direction and dream-like set designs. Makowska also veers slowly into more docu-style work, and is drawn to projects that have an idealistic core. Even when it’s a beauty commercial for a big brand for clients like Estee Lauder, L’Oreal, and Ulta Beauty, she desires for the message of the film to empower people to be who they choose to be.
Remarking on her decision to align with SixTwentySix, Makowska comments: “I like the style of SixTwentySix roster - a collective or diverse creators from various backgrounds and walks of life. I admire the fresh energy that Austin and Jake bring to the table. Their energy is contagious.”
SixTwentySix Partner and Managing Director Jake Krask shares: “We are thrilled to welcome Marysia to the SixTwentySix family and embark on this creative partnership with her. The collaboration between her unique creative voice and our innovative spirit promises to be a catalyst for groundbreaking projects that will captivate audiences and push the boundaries of visual storytelling.
Austin Barbera, SixTwentySix Partner and Executive Producer adds: “Joining forces with Marysia represents an exciting new chapter, and we look forward to collaborating with her to bring her exceptional vision to life for client projects.”
Most recently, Makowska directed a McDonald’s commercial campaign for the Central European market. Next up, she has embarked on a five-part short documentary series project for the major fashion retailer Modivo. Helming both direction and script-writing of the campaign, Makowska will capture the entire project on 16mm film, shooting this summer in five countries across Central and Eastern Europe including Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic.
In addition to SixTwentySix, Makowska is repped by Papaya Films in Poland and the UK, and Caviar Brussels in Belgium and The Netherlands.