It’s with the magazine that Justin got his first taste in advertising, albeit print, working directly with brands on their campaigns and helping to forge connections with the talent featured in the book including the likes of Bryan Cranston, Lykke Li, Wes Anderson, Marina Abramovic. Willem Dafoe and more– a skill that comes in handy in this line of work.
Following the success of Lab magazine, Justin produced the feature film, IN THEIR SKIN, written by his brother Josh Close and starring Selma Blair, James D’arcy, and Rachel Miner. The film premiered at the 2012 Tribeca International Film Festival where it was acquired by IFC Films for widespread theatrical release.
After this and a move to Los Angeles, Justin began directing commercials as part of a duo called Co.Lab and were nominated for the 2015 Cannes Young Director’s Award for their work on a series of films for Saucony called “Seeker Stories.” Recent notable work includes “The Man Who Could Fly” from MasterCard, Chevrolet’s recent “Canadian Dream” campaign and Citi Bank’s “Kansas City.”
A fine artist first, Justin has the uncanny ability to tell cinematic stories on the humblest and grandest of scales, and he’s nothing if not driven by the opportunity to make everything as beautiful as goddamn possible. He’s currently working on another feature-length film with his brother and will forever and always be making art and telling stories through photographs.