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.
Her film, the first of Universal Music’s ‘Never Made’ series for great songs that never had a music video, is for Marvin Gaye’s 1971 classic ‘What’s Going On’. 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 photography is genuine, emotional and timeless, and exists in the realm of documentary, exploring themes of youth and authenticity.
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.
Her recent video, ‘This Land’ made for Gary Clark Jr. was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2020 Grammys.
Savanah’s film ‘The Heart Still Hums’ has been widely praises, screening at DOC NYC and earning Best Documentary Short at BlackStar Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival and Best Documentary at Palm Springs ShortFest.
Savanah’s first feature film Earth Mama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, produced by A24, Film4 and Park Pictures. The film won the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature in 2023.