Fast-rising music video and short film director David M. Helman joins global production house Partizan. The signing of Helman is a key move in a new chapter of fresh Partizan talent.
David M. Helman embodies a new breed of experimental filmmakers reigniting the music video as an art form. He delivers something completely unexpected with each project he attacks, be it with the usage of surreal visual effects or hauntingly cinematic imagery. Artists come to Helman because they know what he delivers will be bold and sophisticated, while keeping true to the essence of their music.
Helman’s career has been on an upward trajectory since his debut music video, for Blu’s “Doinnothin’” with influential producer Flying Lotus, went on to be nominated for Best International Urban Video at the 2012 UKMVAs. Since then Helman has collaborated with some of the most exciting artists and acts in music today, including Vince Staples, Joey Bada$$, Dillon Francis & Skrillex, James Vincent McMorrow, Glass Animals, Darkstar, Empress of, Shura, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
In his recent video for Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s “Killing Me To Love You,” Helman creates the visual analog to an ethereal song with mesmerizing shots of a girl hovering as she walks along a desolate road. The serene and empty scapes are a perfect evocation of the ambient musical palette of the track.
Helman’s endeavors outside of the music world have earned considerable recognition as well, including the short film A-Z of Lucky Blue Smith commissioned by i-D Magazine. The highly stylized piece features the teen model phenomenon listing the unique details of his life with rapid-fire pacing.
In 2013, Helman created the documentary short film Lily as part of TRIBUTE film series for Mainline and Dazed. The portrait of a down-on-her-luck youth in Jamestown, New York beautifully demonstrates Helman’s strength for telling authentic - and often heartbreaking - human stories.
Next on the books for Helman is another video for rapper Vince Staples, following up their gravity-defying performance film for “Lift Me Up.” This is his first project released since signing with Partizan, where UK import Laura Jones was recently named Executive Producer of Music Videos. The addition of Helman since only just taking the reins demonstrates Jones’ knack for cultivating the most promising and cutting-edge talent coming out of the music video world today.
“Since the beginning, Partizan has been ingrained in music culture,” Helman remarks. “I’ve long looked up to iconic Partizan video directors like Michel Gondry so I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that DNA.”
Laura Jones comments: “We’re all delighted to have David join the Partizan roster. His work is brave in its simplicity, always beautifully shot and emotive. I’m excited to start my new chapter at Partizan with such an exceptional filmmaker.”
Founded in 1991, Partizan has set the bar for creative excellence and remains one of the world’s foremost production companies. The Partizan roster boasts a bevy of acclaimed directors who are represented worldwide by its offices in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, São Paulo and the Middle East.