Little Minx has signed the award-winning filmmaker Rodney Lucas to its renowned roster of directors for commercial and content representation.
Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Lucas is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who has directed short documentaries, commercials and branded content for the likes of Nike, Amazon, Beats by Dre, NOWNESS, Vice, Upworthy, Dicks Sporting Goods, Facebook, Clarks Originals and Toms, among many others.
“Nothing like losing a couple of jobs to a director to pique my interest in him,” said Little Minx President Rhea Scott. “That guy was Rodney Lucas. And then we met, and now it feels like home with him. I know as clearly as two and two equals four that he will make great leaps forward with us.”
Lucas’ body of work is notable for its focus on social themes and issues. For example, his unique collaboration with Toms Shoes involved an initiative that financially empowered artists around the globe to make social changes in their respective communities, while a national ad campaign for Best Buy’s Teen Tech Centers that aired throughout the NBA playoffs earlier this year features teens and their mentors telling their stories and showing the power and lasting impact of mentorship.
His latest work, a newly released PSA for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, features former NFL star Shannon Sharp bringing awareness of the disease to the Black community.
“My work is rooted in making the everyday person a messenger of optimism,” Lucas said. “The spirit of my work is based on capturing the honest, and at times, vulnerable energy of the people and transforming that energy into love, essentially. And I learned that from my mother. I saw the care and detail she would put into braiding my little sister’s hair on Sunday mornings in my first classes of film school and lessons of theater. Those moments created my cinematic language.”
A proud child of the South Side of Chicago, and survivor of an unstable childhood that included bouts with homelessness—Lucas credits the city’s culturally rich soil as the hand that shaped his style and visual aesthetic. His work is celebrated for his uncanny ability to capture global communities with a high level of sensitivity, care, artistic expression and emotional depth. With an extensive background in the music industry – that includes releasing works with the London-based, platinum-selling group, Bastille –
Lucas attributes the poetic tonality and rhythmic flow of his films to the time he spent touring the world as a performance artist and award-winning songwriter.
“Signing with Little Minx is the second biggest moment of my career,” he said. “My first was having a child. And that’s being totally transparent. This is the first time I’ve had this level of support and instruction. My career is a perpetual evolution, and I look at what Little Minx has achieved from a legacy standpoint with artists and directors and I’m in awe. I want to put something together with them that’s not just commercial, but also poetic and accurate. I’m grateful for the opportunity and to all the people who have helped me build to this moment.”
Other recent work from Lucas includes “What is Love?” a collaboration between the Ad Council and Amazon that records the voices of real people in Chicago and their definition of what love is, and then integrates these voices into Amazon’s Alexa system.
He also recently worked with Anthony Coleman, Creative Director, Brand Creative, Nike Chicago, helping build-out the Nike studio in the city. And he is currently working on Black Hercules, a short doc that celebrates the Black body-building culture of the 1980s in Los Angeles.
Reel 360 News wishes Rodney the best of luck at Little Minx.