Best friends since the seventh grade, josh melnick and xander charity never imagined they?d be directing together? or alone, for that matter. If their collaboration is a surprise, the increasing buzz surrounding the duo is not. They have been turning heads since their first project together, a music video for dead cab for cutie. What began as a hair-brained idea on a drunken road trip trough mexico evolved into a story about a young couple?s last day together. The vid was selected for inclusion in resfest 2003 and landed them on the roster of partisan.
Soon after joining partisan, josh and xander made a video for the postal service?s break-out hit, ?such great heights?. A love affair set in a microchip factory, the promo was again a resfest winner and mvpa nominee. The duo?s name recognition led to commercial assignments.
And so you know these guys have spent some time apart..
After attending grade school and high school together in New york city, josh and xander temporarily parted ways. Josh went to yale uni where he earned a degree in fine arts with a concentration in sculpture and video art. Xander attended darthmouth college, where he also studied fine arts, receiving a combined major in film and photography. Upon graduation, josh turned his creative attention towards editing, cutting everything from commercials and music videos to network television programs, short films and documentaries. Xander returned to new york, where he became a designer and branding consultant for leading watch and jewelry house David yurman. He made time to nurture his love for filmmaking with more personal documentary and short-form pursuits.