The Mercadantes present: Breath - A Collection Film
Director: Daniel Mercadante
Executive Producer: Katina Mercadante
Producer: Jed Hubbard
Music: Keith Kenniff
Associate Producers: Jordan Shively, Caroline Kousidonis
Production Associates. David Duhl-Coughlin, Alisha Shimada
In this new experimental short film “Breath”, award winning directing duo The Mercadantes explore the way one breath encapsulates a single moment as well as the invisible life force we all share.
Filled with sighs, kisses, coughs, breathless moments, baby’s first gasps and early morning inhales, ‘Breath’ explores the poetry and sensual underpinnings of “life in its simplest forms.”
“It’s a matter of noticing,” says Daniel. “To get people to notice life in its simplest forms. That can be truly beautiful.”
As poetic as it is, “Breath” is not without a unifying theme. “The take away is about humanity, how everything is connected,” Daniel adds.
About The Mercadantes...
The Mercadantes have worked primarily with non-actors to capture, rather than construct, their subjects and their stories. The duo’s shorts and spots reveal the beauty in the everyday, playing with the lines between documentary, fiction and experimental cinema.
Along with broadcast and online commercials for brands such as Facebook, Apple and VW, the directors’ films have screened at art galleries including the Guggenheim’s YouTube Play Biennial. The Mercadantes’ film work has won numerous awards including a 2015 DGA Award nomination, Clio Awards, Cannes Lions, and inclusion in Ted Ads Worth Spreading.
Daniel Mercadante entered the directing spotlight with the Everynone films Symmetry and Words, commissioned by the wildly popular NPR show/podcast, Radiolab. The episodes garnered millions of views online, inspiring agencies and brands to tap the director’s unique talents. Katina Mercadante directed and produced documentaries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, working on international film projects for the UN. Educated at Amherst College, she met Daniel while making a series of commercials shot in a documentary style. The Mill Valley-based duo has collaborated on films and award-winning commercials ever since, and recently joined Oscar-and-Emmy winning production company Park Pictures.