With backgrounds in both illustration and production, the Brewer duo (known to their parents as Ben and Alex) are versatile 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. They have gone on to helm numerous popular music videos, including but not limited to Capital City’s “One Minute More,” Alt-J’s “Something Good,” and Passion Pit’s “Carried Away.” Perhaps, their most well-known project is Jack Ü’s crowd-sourced music video “Where Are Ü Now,” featuring Justin Bieber, which reached over one billion views on YouTube and went on to be shortlisted for the “Excellence in Music Video” category at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The brothers also earned silver distinction in the Film category at the CLIO Music Awards.
Aside from music videos, Brewer directed the viral PSA “The Unacceptable Acceptance Letters,” which was produced to help raise awareness for sexual assault on college campuses.
They also co-wrote and directed The Trust, their first feature film starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood. The movie premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival before being released on DirecTV, VOD, and in theaters.
In 2018, they directed the official music video for the Chainsmokers’ song, “Sick Boy,” the titular song off their second studio album. Since its release, the video has reached over 250 million views.