Oscar Nominated Director Bryan Buckley has been dubbed the “King of the Super Bowl” by the New York Times. Directing over 50 commercials for the big game since 2000. Many pieces of Buckley’s work have been inducted into the Museum Of Modern Art’s permanent collection and he is an esteemed recipient of the DGA award, Emmy’s and over 50 Cannes Lions. A 2010 Adweek Readers Poll named Buckley the Commercial Director of the decade and he was also chosen as one of the 50 best Creative Minds in the last 25 years by Creativity Magazine.
After graduating at the top of his class from Syracuse University, Buckley went into the Ad business. Quickly starting the company Buckley/DeCerchio with Tom DeCerchio. Out of the gate, Buckley/DeCerchio was one of the hottest New York shops landing massive work for Godfather’s Pizza.
Buckley’s directing career started in 1994 when he directed the Emmy Award winning “This is SportsCenter” Campaign. In 1997, Buckley co-found Hungryman along with “This is SportsCenter” creator, Hank Perlman. By 2004, the company won the Cannes Festival’s Palme D’or as the top commercial production company in the world and has finished in the top ten for more than ten consecutive years, the first production company to do so. Hungry Man has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Rio and Sau Paulo and boasts an impressive roster of directors.
Buckley wrote and directed the short film ASAD. The film was shot in Africa with an all Somali, refugee cast and screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide, taking top honors at the TriBeCa Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Florida Film Festival and Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, to name a few. In 2013, Buckley was nominated for an Academy Award for ASAD.
Buckley’s first feature film, The Bronze, opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Melissa Rauch as a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist who must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete’s star rises in town. The film made a splash in Park City as the breakout comedy of the festival, most notably with what Indiewire called, “one of the most hysterical sex scenes ever put on screen.”
Recently Buckley directed DABKA, starring Evan Peters, Al Pacino, Barkhad Abdi, and Melanie Griffith. The film is Buckley’s adaptation of The New York Times Best Seller, The Pirates of Somalia by Jay Bahadur. It tells the crazy true story of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur, who in 2008 forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them. The film will premiere at the 2017 TriBeCa Film Festival.