With a background in music, dance, and choreography, director Trish Sie brings a fresh, inventive, energetic approach to filmmaking. Her passion for playfulness and innovation characterizes her acclaimed signature style. Known for not taking ANYTHING too seriously, she brings humor and a whimsical approach to storytelling, characters, movement, timing, music, and space.
After a decade as a professional dancer, championship ballroom competitor and choreographer, Trish dove into filmmaking in 2006, when she created, directed, and produced her first official music video: “Here It Goes Again,” with her brother’s band, OK Go. The band rehearsed on treadmills for ten days at Trish’s dance studio in Orlando, Florida, then Trish shot the video in a single uncut take, using a friend’s borrowed camera and hanging Home Depot tarps over the mirrors.
That treadmill video earned Trish and the band a Grammy Award for best short-form music video, and since then, Trish’s other groundbreaking concepts and direction with the rock band OK Go have produced some of the most universally heralded and ubiquitously downloaded music videos of all time.
Her most recent OK Go collaboration, “Upside Down & Inside Out,” was shot entirely in weightlessness aboard a plane that simulates zero-gravity. It racked up more than 47 million hits in its first week online, and has been praised by critics and fans alike as a truly groundbreaking work of filmmaking.
Success as a music video director led to commercial work for Trish. She's shot ads for brands such as Levi’s, Haagen-Dazs, Sony, Old Navy, Dole, Carl’s Jr, Hunts, Big Lots, and more.
Her work has been honored and awarded by Smithsonian Magazine, Creativity Magazine, the Cannes Advertising Festival, and Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Director's Showcase, among others.
She also writes and creates her own short films and concept videos. Her recent short films, NOT ALONE and BEING DENNIS, are enjoying success on the festival circuit, screening at BAM, Henson’s Puppets on Film, Atlanta Film Festival, LA Arthouse Film Festival, the NYC Indie Film Fest, and the LA Puppet Festival. Her newest short film, THE BIG BREAKUP, deals with America’s dysfunctional relationship with guns and will be released in March, 2016.
Trish is also a recurring creative collaborator and choreographer for the inventive, world-renowned dance company, Pilobolus.
Her first feature film, STEP UP ALL IN, was filmed in native 3D and hit theatres around the globe in 2014, grossing more than $90 million worldwide. According to the LA Times, “Sie packs in her exuberantly choreographed and staged dance scenes as tightly as beads on a necklace,” and the New York Times says her film “exudes the infectiousness of an old-fashioned movie musical.”
Sie is currently developing an independent feature film that she describes as “Alfred Hitchcock meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The plan is to shoot in Canada later this year.