About the Director
Better known as Riess/Hill, Chris Riess and Amy Hill are a married directing team and were the first duo/first female director ever nominated for the DGA Commercial Directing Award. The pair met at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and have garnered Effies, Clios and Webby awards for their work in addition to being a part of the New Directors Showcase at Cannes. Chris and Amy’s ability to work across the broad spectrum of styles and subject matter has earned them a very unique place in the landscape of commercial and digital content. Their strong vision and capacity for genuine storytelling has enabled them to create authentic and emotional content. They have been instrumental in spearheading social cause-focused projects on behalf of the family of Matthew Shepard, St. Jude Hospital, American Heart Association, a partnership for a Drug-Free America and numerous brands with global impact, including P&G, Salvation Army, Bank of America, Pepsi, Pfizer and the United States Marine Corps. Their films for companies like Siemens and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee demonstrate their ability to capture the true spirit and values of working Americans in industries spanning manufacturing, and healthcare to farming and transportation.
Chris and Amy’s ambitious short documentary “Hula Girl” premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and played at festivals around the world. Their work has been nominated for “YouTube Ad of the Year” and their recent spot about fathers and daughters was acquired by the AdCouncil and received over six million dollars in donated media. Amy and Chris have two daughters and live in Santa Monica and are currently working on “American Portraits” for PBS.