Ursula Grisham, Filmmaker

Ursula is a British-American film director based in Germany.  She graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College and worked briefly in investment banking at Deutsche Bank before pursuing cinema studies.

She has produced and directed several short films and music videos, most recently with Art + Vibes, a Milan-based collective that pioneers projects for Fondazione Prada, Miu Miu Women's Tales, Vanessa Beecroft and Marina Abramovic; and Loretta Caponi, a Florentine atelier for which she recently directed a fashion film installation in Palazzo Vecchio.

Ursula also is the Head Curator of Filmatique, a New York-based collective focusing on the digital distribution of art-house and contemporary world cinema.  

Ursula's first feature film Noble Earth premiered at Raindance, Bahamas, Visionär Berlin, Seattle and Oaxaca, where it won Best Film in Emergence, a section dedicated to new directors.


narrative work


Noble Earth / 2017 / USA / 79'

First film


Synopsis

Festivals

Emma meets Tancredi in Florence, embarking on a love affair with the intoxicating cosmos he represents: endless days in the gauzy hills, the sun-blanched beaches.  They become engaged.  Soon, however, Emma becomes caught in family politics, learning what is expected of a woman in Florentine high society.  The same beauty that intoxicated Emma reveals itself as superficial, and suffocates her.

Noble Earth is a study of ennui and female repression within a world rarely seen onscreen— Italy's hermetic nobility.

Raindance Film Festival 
(London, UK)


Oaxaca Film Festival 
(Oaxaca, Mexico) 
*Best Film - Emergence


Bahamas International Film Festival 
(Nassau, Bahamas)

 


Trailer


Writer & Director Ursula Grisham // Cast Daisy Bevan, Elia William Cittadini, Pierangelo Menci, Bettina Giovannini // Produced by Lorenzo Fiuzzi, Melinda Prisco, Ursula Grisham // Director of Photography Kasper Wind DFF // Editors Nadia Ben Rachid, Carlos Marqués-Marcet // Music by Martin Velez // Sound Design Gabor Erdelyi Jr // Production Company Filmatique


Commercial Work


Rites of Spring - Loretta Caponi

Fashion Film Installation

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

June 15th 2017


Flower as the source of inspiration.  Two girls live in a meadow, searching each day for the sublime object— a Flower.  Once they find it, they are transformed.  In a magical sequence, flower petals fall from the sky.  Their dresses burst from pale neutral tones to bright floral patterns.  The boy holds the Flower, and the day erupts into celebration.  With energy and jubilation, the girls and boy dance, performing a ritual of color, light, and joy.  

Rites of Spring is a celebration of the Sublime Object of Spring— the Flower— the source of Loretta Caponi's inspiration.


Writer & Director Ursula Grisham // Cast Mariana Falaschi, Cinzia Cabral, Tiziano Sorbellino // Produced by Lorenzo Fiuzzi, Antonio Giulgliano // Director of Photography Gianluca Ceresoli // Editors Gianluca Scarpa // Music by Martin Velez // Production Company Bunker Hill Produzione


The Sublime Object

Boys Dream of Girls

Papaveri Fields Forever

Girls Dream of Flowers

Rites of Spring

Full Installation