Amanda Speva is a lot of things: an imperfect but confident dancer, a snappy brainstormer, a rusty multi-instrumentalist, and a collector of the discarded, weird and unloved. But more than anything, Amanda is a passionate and innovative director, who first received notoriety from Todd Oldham when she was just 20 years old for her YouTube craft show, and has since been featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, the New York Television Festival, SHOOT New Directors Showcase, and Vimeo Staff Picks. Her work is grounded in a hearty Midwestern work ethic, but blooms with curiosity, wit, humor, musicality, and a darling and complex aesthetic. She is passionate about lifting up female voices, as evidenced by her 2018 shoot with Caroline Rose (Rolling Stone) and her volunteer work with the “Women For The Win” Initiative, though she admits she one day hopes to go to Sundance and take the throne from Greta Gerwig. She does heavy lifting with light cinematic touches, and her work has often been described as “emotional, clever, full of heart, thoughtful, and of course…quirky”, a badge she wears with honor.
“Speva is wide-eyed both physically and mentally – she lives in the world of “why not” and has a voice that is measured in a way where every word feels important in the least pretentious way imaginable. She’s fearlessly creative, darkly comedic and yes, endearingly goofy.” - Nicholas Pipotone, CD at BVK.
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