Grammy nominee, Savanah Leaf has transitioned from 2012 Olympian to accomplished director and photographer. Her work weaves art and creativity with a deep humanity and poignant social commentary.
In 2019 Savanah was asked to write and direct a new video for Marvin Gaye's 1971 classic 'What's Going On'. It was the first in Universal Music's ‘Never Made’ series; great songs that never had a music video. By focusing on current racial and social struggles in the US, from the water crisis of Flint, Michigan to the perennial horror of school shootings, and the chronic depravations of the US Healthcare system, the film highlights the continuing relevance of Marvin’s question nearly 50 years later.
In ‘The Ayes Have It’, Savanah visually imagines Tiana Clark’s poem, written in response to the murders of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin – both very young, African Americans who were murdered almost 60 years apart in similar circumstances.
Her filmmaking is genuine, emotional and timeless, traits that can be seen in recent work for Tena through AMV BBDO, and her lockdown animation project #wemattertoo, which studies prison life in America during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Savanah’s experience as part of the GB Volleyball team gives her a unique insight into the work of an athlete competing at the highest level, and she has applied this skillset to successful collaborations with Nike, Adidas, and Fila among others.