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Biography

LAMAR HAWKINS

DIRECTOR


Director LAMAR HAWKINS has amassed quite a bit of experience in the music promo and advertising game. Before arriving in France, he studied cinema (directing) at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - AUSTIN and at UCLA. While a student in Los Angeles, he had the opportunity to work at the then pop-promo company, Propaganda Films. His first jobs were on shoots with directors Nigel Fink, Domenique Sena, Greg Gold and David Fincher. Okay, he was just a runner but as he likes to say, "Hey you got to start somewhere."


In 1990, Lamar moved to Paris. After a year's study (French language and cinema), he made the decision to remain in France and, shortly afterwards, began his career in advertising. His first job was in commercials post-production for the company Editors (part of PAC Productions). He worked with such well-known French directors such as Jean-Paul Goude, Jean-Pierre Roux, Bertrand Blier and Patrice Leconte...


He moved on in 1993, producing for the award-winning BDDP Conseil (today TBWA Worldwide - France). He remained with the agency until 1997 when he joined the company Wanda Productions as international producer and coordinator.

In September of the same year, Lamar was given an opportunity he could refuse taking on the task of rebuilding the French commercials house, T.S.F. Productions.


As executive producer, he recruited a new pool of young talented directors and, in only two short years, produced over 35 spots. One of the commercials was awarded a Silver Lion at the 1998 Cannes International Advertising Festival (Air Liberté - Group British Airways - agency BDDP&Fils).


In 1999 after almost ten years in advertising (post-production, agency and executive production combined) and in spite of the success achieved as producer,

Lamar made a tough choice leaving the company T.S.F. in order to devote his full time and energy to his life-long goal, Film and television direction.


He has since directed commercials (France Télécom, Danone, OneTel...), television series (DaBox, Les Râleuses, KD2A) for French television and shorts-features.

His first film, Saint Bart’s Syndrome (2003) was screened as part of the

Official Selection - International Women in Film Festival, Bordeaux, France.

The film also received a Gold Remi Award at the 2004 WorldFest International Film Festival, Houston, TX.


In February 2004, Lamar directed the short-feature La Méprise which is currently in post-production. He also has three feature films in development:

L’Autoroute de Soleil (adaptation of a French comic book, D+ Production, Paris),

Napua, The Men’s Land Princess (fiction film based on the life of a French Polynesian

Princess –Tiki Sunrise Pictures, Tahiti French Polynesia),

Service Clientèle (adaptation of an acclaimed French short novel),



Lamar HAWKINS can be reached in Paris via his agent

Mikaël Caraes,

AGENCE A

34, rue Vivienne

75002 Paris

Tel: 33 1 44 88 20 88




 
 

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