Michael Haussman • Director
MICHAEL HAUSSMAN is an award-winning director, writer and artist, whose internationally acclaimed work is featured in books and trade journals around the world. Haussman has directed music videos for Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Usher, Shakira, Chris Cornell, Eric Clapton, and others. Haussman’s music videos have won several MTV and VH1 awards, including two MTV ‘Video of the Year’ awards and the prestigious Museum of Modern Art award. Haussman’s commercial campaigns include work for Levi’s, Diesel, Absolut, Bulgari, BMW, Yves Saint Laurent, Guinness, Ray-Ban, Coca-Cola, and more.
As an artist, Haussman’s most recent project is ‘GRAVITY,’ a study of gravity’s effect on human emotion told through five high definition video sequences filmed at 2,000 frames per second. GRAVITY was chosen by the L.A. WEEKLY as one of the top ten pieces of art during the 2013 Art Platform L.A. Click here to read the article. The entire GRAVITY show opened in January 2013 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and earned reviews from Huffington Post, Moholy Ground, and SHOTS Magazine among others. The promo for GRAVITY is currently approaching one million views on YouTube.
As a painter, Haussman’s solo art show ‘Naturales,’ which features large-scale matador and bull paintings (ink on paper), premiered at the Desoto gallery in Los Angeles and the New York Scope Art Fair, as well as being featured in the Group Showing in Los Angeles. Haussman’s photographic interest in diverse cultures is displayed in ‘Where They Play,’ a book documenting football (soccer) fields from around the world, revealing each culture’s interpretation of a field within their environment – from Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, to Morocco, Italy, England, etc.
Haussman completed two films in 2013. His short film ‘The Audition,’ which he wrote and directed in Cinecitta studios, Rome was chosen to compete in the 2013 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The film explores the consequences of an actor and actress, who allow their true feelings to overtake their acting. His documentary ‘The Unsinkable Henry Morgan’ premiered in January 2013 at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, and is based on the discovery of Captain Morgan’s famous fleet of pirate ships, which sank off the coast of Panama in 1671. The L.A. WEEKLY reviewed the film. Click here to read the article.
Michael’s past films include the experimental film ‘Rhinoceros Hunting In Budapest’ starring Nick Cave, which premiered at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, and a feature-length documentary about two matadors and the world of bullfighting, entitled ‘The Last Serious Thing.’
Haussman has recently completed global ad campaigns for Samsung and United Airlines. He is currently in pre-production on his film GOOD GUYS, which he wrote and will direct in Rome 2014.
To view more of Haussman’s work visit: Haussman.net