Sheldon Candis — a writer and director known for his work in documentary, cause marketing, inspirational, and entertainment genres — has signed with us!
Candis’ work draws heavily on the influences of strong women and emotional storytelling, an appreciation that he developed while growing up in his Mother’s hair salon in Baltimore.
A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, the filmmaker channels this upbringing into a ‘docu-cinematic style’ that appears in many of his feature and documentary films. At the same time, he continues to push himself with every project to grow, learn and capture a genuine experience.
Quriosity Founder and Executive Producer Qadree Holmes was initially drawn Candis’ ability after seeing his work for Under Armour featuring Misty Copeland, the most prominent African American ballerina to be promoted to principal dancer.
“It was groundbreaking,” says Holmes. “Followed up by his work for the EverFi featuring young people experiencing what it was like to be a freedom rider during the Civil Rights movement, Candis is a director prepared to tell the African American story with a level of truth and authenticity that we had not seen before.”
Candis has written, produced, and directed short films, television series, and documentaries across entertainment mediums. His 2012 directorial debut film LUV — starring Common, Michael Rainey Jr., and Dennis Haysbert — premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Candis urges his audiences to take action on current issues. He teamed up with Grammy nominated artist J. Cole for the short film Crooked Smile, which challenges America’s current war on drugs. He also directed Who Will Survive America, a short documentary that chronicles America’s “love affair” with gun ownership.
Candis’ success as a documentarian has allowed him to reach a large audience while experimenting with virtual reality. He strives to educate his audience about issues and call them to take action.
SHELDON CANDIS, DIRECTOR
Ford, Honda, Under Armour, ABC, J Cole, Walt Disney Studios, ESPN, Microsoft, EverFi, Walmart, US Marines, Beats by Dr. Dre, Honda, Vitamix, Lincoln and more.
BEST INDEPENDENT FILM
Black Reel Awards – LUV
NOMINEE GRAND JURY PRIZE
Sundance Film Festival – LUV