- Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017
- VENICE, Calif.
Committee LA--a creative content production studio led by directors Frank Samuel and Jeff Reed along with EP Lauren Bayer--has added two indie filmmakers to its spotmaking/branded content roster: Jennifer Phang and Husein Alicajic.
Phang directed, wrote and edited Advantageous, which in 2015 won the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Collaborative Vision (given to both Phang and film’s star Jacqueline Kim), resulting in Netflix acquiring the film’s worldwide distribution rights. Currently available via Netflix, Advantageous blends sci-fi themes and striking visual effects into a story that at its heart was a parable about a mother’s love, sacrifice and society’s worship of youth. Phang has also been active in television, having recently directed an episode of the FOX network horror series The Exorcist based on the seminal film of the same name.
A Bay Area native, Phang graduated from the American Film Institute with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Directing.
Meanwhile Alicajic, a native of Sydney, built a reputation in his native land for ads promoting such brands as Samsung, United Health, Foxtel, Officeworks, and Taubmans paint. The director’s short titled The Fading Symphony, which raised awareness of Motor Neurone Disease, was shortlisted at Cannes and the Clios, and won Silver at last year’s Ciclope Awards.
Alicajic’s visual sense is also on display in the short films Harry The Hunchback (2002) and Beginnings (2005). He also earned a 2005 Inside Film Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay for Divine Shadows.
In 2012 he relocated to Los Angeles to focus more on theatrical film projects, which include writing the screenplay for the official biopic of legendary country singer/songwriter Waylon Jennings, and directing the upcoming feature Snowbound.