Cole Sax is an American film director and producer. He has directed films such as World Debut, executive produced by Tony Hawk, a sports documentary about how the skateboarding, surfing, and climbing subcultures eventually made their way to the Olympics.[1]

Cole Sax
Cole Sax Headshot.jpg
Born
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationDirector, Creative Director, Executive Producer
Notable workWorld Debut and Dear Class of 2020

Sax's 2018 documentary series Far From Home,[2] produced for the Olympic Channel and Snapchat,[3] won three Telly Awards, including Gold in video web-series.[4] Additionally, his short documentary film Second Sight[5][6][7] won the Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award at the 47th Telluride Film Festival,[8] and also a silver for directing at the Telly Awards.

Early life and educationEdit

Sax was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but started his filmmaking education at a young age when he moved to Park City, Utah. He attended Park City High School[9][10] and the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California. He then attended the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Utah.

CareerEdit

Sax began his career when he was 16 while working for InSync Plus, a motion picture company in Los Angeles. When he was 18, he won his first Clio Key Art Award for the TV spot he edited for the feature film, The Art of Getting By.[11] After his short documentary film 88 and Sunny screened at the Metropolitan Pavilion red-carpet gala for the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Sax went on to pursue directing in the unscripted space.[12]

Sax has directed films in various parts of the world, including Malaysia, India, the Philippines, and Argentina.[5] He has produced documentaries and content for the Olympic Channel, YouTube Originals, Snapchat, Nike, Facebook, and many others. Sax has also received the Mountainfilm Spirit Award for his documentary work.[13]

Together with Boardwalk Pictures,[14] Sax directed and produced the 2018 documentary series Far From Home, which features athletes trying to get to the Olympic Games.[2] Additionally, Sax has given a talk at TEDx in 2018 titled "An Unlikely Hero"[15] and has conducted filmmaking workshops at U.S. embassies in various countries.[16] He has also worked together with organizations such as the Obama Foundation and Khan Academy to produce documentaries such as Dear Class of 2020, a 2020 YouTube Originals film that has been nominated for the Emmy Awards.[17]

In 2021, Sax completed his debut feature documentary film World Debut for YouTube Originals, which documents the stories of skateboarders, surfers, and climbers as they try to make their way to the Olympic Games.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Sax is currently based in both Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California.[18]

Awards and honorsEdit

Cole Sax's awards include:[4]

Year Award Title Result
2020 The Non-Fiction Cartel (Best Short) Second Sight Won
2020 Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award Second Sight Won
2020 Silver Telly (Directing) Second Sight Won
2020 Silver Telly (Documentary) Second Sight Won
2018 Gold Telly (Webseries: Documentary) Far from Home Won
2018 Silver Telly (Webseries: Series) Far from Home Won
2018 Silver Telly (Webseries: Non-scripted) Far from Home Won

FilmographyEdit

Cole Sax's filmography:[19]

Year Title Type Credits
2021 World Debut documentary director; creative director; executive producer
2020 Dear Class of 2020 video segment director; creative director; executive producer
2019 Second Sight documentary short director; executive producer / producer
North Country short story producer
2018 Far From Home TV Documentary series director; executive producer; co-editor
In Searching second unit cinematographer
2017 Forward: Women's March on Washington short director; producer; editor; writer
2014 Far from Home: Uganda to the Tetons documentary additional camera
2011 88 and Sunny video short director; producer; editor; writer; cinematographer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 24, 2021). "YouTube Unveils Slate of Tokyo Olympic Originals Featuring The Try Guys, Gabby Douglas and More".
  2. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (February 5, 2018). "'Far From Home': Olympic Channel To Debut Original Series On Unlikely Athletes".
  3. ^ "Far From Home | Snapchat". story.snapchat.com.
  4. ^ a b "Cole Sax". IMDb.
  5. ^ a b "5 Steps for Producing a Nonprofit Film". Musicbed Blog. October 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Spotlight: Second Sight – Utah Film Commission". Utah Film Commission – The Story is Utah. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  7. ^ "Filmmaker Spotlight: Cole Sax – Utah Film Commission". Utah Film Commission – The Story is Utah. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  8. ^ "Second Sight". Mountainfilm. April 22, 2020.
  9. ^ Iwasaki, Scott. "Park City High alumnus Cole Sax creates 'Second Sight' and will screen his film in Salt Lake City". www.parkrecord.com.
  10. ^ "Park City High alumnus Cole Sax creates 'Second Sight' and will screen his film in Salt Lake City". Entertainment Entertainment. October 8, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  11. ^ Godley, Patrick Kevin Day,Chris; Day, Patrick Kevin; Godley, Chris (October 19, 2011). "THR's Key Art Awards 2011".
  12. ^ Iwasaki, Scott. "PCHS grad's film to show at 9/11 anniversary in New York". www.parkrecord.com.
  13. ^ "2020 Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award". Mountainfilm. April 21, 2020.
  14. ^ "Boardwalk Pictures – Production company based in Santa Monica, CA".
  15. ^ Sax, Cole (November 28, 2018). "An Unlikely Hero" – via www.ted.com.
  16. ^ "Cole Sax – American Film Showcase". americanfilmshowcase.com.
  17. ^ Patten, Dominic (June 12, 2020). "Barack Obama & BTS-Headlined 'Dear Class Of 2020' Shatters YouTube Records".
  18. ^ a b Spangler, Todd (June 24, 2021). "YouTube Unveils Slate of Tokyo Olympic Originals Featuring The Try Guys, Gabby Douglas and More".
  19. ^ "Cole Sax". IMDb.

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