Roman Rütten is a German, award-winning director and photographer based in the vibrant city of Brooklyn, New York and has been directing with 1stAveMachine for over 10 years.  With a background in graphic design, his work has evolved over multiple genres from narrative, lifestyle , fashion, to the technical world of VFX and animation, to macro and high speed  photography — During the last decade he has had the pleasure to create with international agencies and clients such as: Apple, Google, Sonos, Starbucks, Youtube Music, Oppo, Garmin, Lacoste, AC Hotels, Vision Express, and many, many more.  

His work has been featured on major publications like: Stash, Shots, Creativity, Nowness, Campaign, Motionographer and Creative Review. He has also been awarded the Red Dot Award and recognized at the Seattle Film Festival, Chicago Fashion Film Festival, Miami Fashion Film Festival, Brussel Fashion Film Festival, Berlin Fashion Film Festival, and D&AD.  Beyond his commercial work, Roman dedicates his time to more narrative projects that includes environmental documentaries and short films. His doc “Children of the Forgotten” made for Viva Con Agua screened at the 2017 Millerntor Gallery in Hamburg, Germany. He currently is writing his first feature: Amira.