With backgrounds in both illustration and production, the Brewer directing duo (known to their parents as brothers Ben and Alex) are comprehensive and visionary artists, able to independently tackle writing, pre-visualization, art direction, editing and special effects. Ben’s debut feature film Beneath Contempt, made for less than $15,000, premiered at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival and was praised in Variety for its “strong performances” and “unpredictable and elliptical” storytelling. The film continued its run at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, Brooklyn Film Festival, Cincinnati Film Festival and the White Sands International Film Festival.
After joining PRETTYBIRD’s roster in 2012, Brewer was honored with the Shots 2013 Best New Director Award. The duo have since successfully segued to music videos, applying their fresh and artful eye to Foster the People’s “Best Friend,” Capital City’s “One Minute More,” Skylar Grey’s “Final Warning,” and Two Door Cinema Club’s “Changing of the Seasons,” among others. Their music video for Alt-J’s “Something Good” took home the 2013 Young Director Award for Non-European Music Video, and was featured in the SHOOT New Directors Showcase, alongside their video for Passion Pit’s “Carried Away,” which also received a slew of Best Music Video and Best New Director accolades from the London International Awards, UK Music Video Awards and Shots Awards, to name a few. Brewer’s crowd-sourced music video for Jack Ü featuring Justin Bieber’s “Where Are Ü Now” showcases an interactive art experience utilizing fan-made doodles, received four 2015 MTV nominations, won the award for Best Visual Effects, and took home a 2016 Silver Clio Music award.
More recently, Brewer directed the viral PSA “The Unacceptable Acceptance Letters,” which was produced to help raise awareness for sexual assault on college campuses. As part of the campaign for the Oscar-nominated documentary The Hunting Ground, the PSA garnered several shortlists and won two Bronze Lions at the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It was also awarded Bronze for Integrated Campaign at the 2016 CLIO Awards.
Brewer also co-wrote and directed The Trust, their first feature film starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood who star as corrupt cops that discover a strangely hidden and guarded safe filled with mysterious contents. The movie premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival before being released on DirecTV, VOD, and in theaters.