We create compelling stories for theatrical release, television, advertizing and brands. We make films of all shapes and sizes and we don’t define ourselves by a category. We define ourselves by the beauty, the originality and the impact of the stories we tell.
We have offices in Los Angeles and New York City, with full production and post-production capabilities.
Urban Landscapes was founded by Academy Award®-nominated documentary and commercials Director, Kief Davidson.
His latest film A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY – released theatrically by Radius/TWC. Narrated by Jason Bateman, the film delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up around the world.
Kief also directed OPEN HEART, which was nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject of the 85th Academy Awards®. The film took him and a small crew to the heart of Rwanda and Sudan. They followed eight children on a perilous journey to get high-risk surgery at Africa’s only high-tech, free-of-charge heart surgery hospital. The film made its US broadcast debut on HBO and internationally on ARTE Germany/France.
Kief is concurrently filming a companion film to OPEN HEART, about Dr. Paul Farmer and his organization Partners In Health, produced by Matt Damon in collaboration with the Sundance Institute, Skoll Foundation and Tribeca Gucci. Additionally, he is currently in post-production on IVORY: THE UNDERCOVER WAR, about undercover operatives who are fighting the elephant Ivory cartels. Co-produced by Vulcan Productions and Terra Mater, the film will make its world Premiere in mid- 2016.
Kief has had international success from the award-winning feature-length documentaries, KASSIM THE DREAM and THE DEVIL’S MINER. KASSIM THE DREAM, about a former child soldier turned boxing champion of the World, premiered at the Tribeca film festival and won over 10 international film festivals, including AFI, IDFA and Silver Docs. A co-production with ARTE Germany/France, the film was theatrically released by IFC Films.
His first feature, THE DEVIL’S MINER, made its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival and won over 15 awards at international film festivals including Tribeca, Hot Docs, Chicago and Woodstock. The film was nominated for Best Documentary by The Director’s Guild of America and Won the coveted Fipresci Prize at Hot Docs, Toronto.
He is represented by Park Pictures for commercials, with work including projects for GE, American Express, Absolut, Toyota, Secret, GE and Facebook.
Kief is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and is based in Los Angeles, California.