LA-based production house Splendid & Co. has added director Lesley Chilcott to its roster. An award-winning filmmaker, documentarian and producer, Chilcott began her career in the commercial world before diving into the documentary arena as a producer of films such as the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth; the Barack Obama biographic film A Mother’s Promise shown at the 2008 Democratic National Convention; It Might Get Loud, about legendary guitarists The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White; and Waiting for Superman, for which she received an award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary from the PGA.
Her current documentary, CodeGirl, was released last month. The film tracks the story of 5,000 girls from 60 nations as they competed in an entrepreneurship and coding competition organized by Technovation. Prior to its release in theaters, Chilcott uploaded the film for free on YouTube in conjunction with Google’s Made with Code initiative. In addition to being shown at 64 Google offices worldwide, teen girls from around the globe hosted viewing parties.
Chilcott’s commercial focus establishes her aptitude for the lifestyle realm, directing spots for brands such as Motorola, AT&T, Corona, M&Ms and Cover Girl. Having wrapped CodeGirl, her move to Splendid marks a focused interest in commercials.
“With so many great production companies in the mix, Splendid stood out to me as a highly inventive company that not only supports their talent but is ingenious in the way that they source truly interesting and different work,” says Chilcott. “This is very appealing to me.”
“Lesley brings such unique skill to our roster with her experience as a documentary filmmaker and commercial director,” says Erin Tauscher, Splendid partner and executive producer. “Her ability to elicit incredible performances from real people as well as trained actors really stood out to me when I watched her body of work for the first time.”