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Melina Matsoukas

Melina Matsoukas

 
 
 

ABOUT MELINA MATSOUKAS

 

Inspiring. Ferocious. Provocative. Many words aim to encapsulate the maverick known as Melina Matsoukas, but her robust rebel sensibility is not easily contained. The New York native and Grammy Award-winning director has made an indelible impact on the music video and commercial world over the past decade with her audacious aesthetic; her artful imaginings fueled by a unique visual perspective. Such creative prowess earned Melina the highly acclaimed honor of being named one of Advertising Age’s 2016 “Creativity 50,” a recognition given only to the year’s most influential innovators.

Melina works – often repeatedly – with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Solange and Pharrell. In 2011, Melina lent her talents as Creative Director on Beyoncé’s album 4, overseeing all creative elements of the project including tour aesthetics, music videos, album packaging, editorials, advertising and even a perfume launch. Before long, the clamor for Melina’s signature visual style expanded to globally recognized brands in which she lent her unique directing talents to campaigns for commercial clients such as Nike, Stella McCartney, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Diesel, Lexus, Target and Absolut among others.

With a trajectory powered by her prolific body of work, it was only a matter of time for the director to make her foray into the narrative space. In her debut role as Executive Producer/Director, Melina recently directed the HBO series Insecure: her first scripted television show, created by and starring Issa Rae. With a unique, first-hand perspective on how to craft specific, culturally rich visuals that still resonate with a broad audience, Melina’s mission with Insecure was to give a voice to stories often left unheard. She has used her high-profile platform as an opportunity to offer a window into relevant sociocultural experiences, and finds value in working with people of color while also telling their stories through her art.

Melina’s work has captivated audiences worldwide with over a billion cumulative views on YouTube, and the accolades have followed. She was the first solo female director to win MTV’s Best Video Award for Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” earning her a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video. Melina was also the first director to win a Grand Prix at the Inaugural Cannes Lions for Entertainment Music Awards for her video for Beyoncé’s “Formation,” which features a black power message and Katrina-inspired visuals. The music video went on to sweep the VMAs by winning in all six categories for which it was nominated, including Video of the Year. It also took home a 2016 Gold CLIO Music award.

Melina is an alumnus of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, with graduate studies completed at the American Film Institute. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Cinematography.

 
 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & ACCOLADES

 

AWARDS

  • Grammy Awards (2013)
    Best Short Form Music Video - Rihanna: We Found Love (2011) 



MUSIC VIDEO


2006

  • "Dem Girls" - Red Handed feat. Paul Wall & Scooby
  • "Go 'Head" - Ali & Gipp feat. Chocolate Tai
  • "Need a Boss" - Shareefa feat. Ludacris
  • "Cry No More" - Shareefa
  • "Hey Hey" - 216
  • "Money Maker" - Ludacris feat. Pharrell
  • "Dangerous" - Ying Yang Twins feat. Wyclef Jean
  • "Help" - Lloyd Banks feat. Keri Hilson


2007

  • "Because of You" - Ne-Yo
  • "Green Light" - Beyoncé
  • "Kitty Kat" (co-directed by Beyoncé Knowles) - Beyoncé
  • "Suga Mama" (co-directed by Beyoncé Knowles) - Beyoncé
  • "Upgrade U" (co-directed by Beyoncé Knowles) - Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
  • "Tambourine" - Eve feat. Swizz Beatz
  • "Do You" - Ne-Yo
  • "Give It to You" - Eve feat. Sean Paul
  • "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis (UK version)
  • "Hold It Don't Drop It" - Jennifer Lopez
  • "Sensual Seduction" - Snoop Dogg
  • "How Do I Breathe" - Mario


2008

  • "In My Arms" - Kylie Minogue
  • "Wow" - Kylie Minogue
  • "Modern World" - Anouk
  • "Closer" - Ne-Yo
  • "I Decided" - Solange
  • "Just Dance" - Lady Gaga feat. Colby O'Donis
  • "Energy" - Keri Hilson
  • "Good Good - Ashanti
  • "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" - Lady Gaga
  • "Go Girl" - Ciara feat. T-Pain
  • "Return the Favor" - Keri Hilson feat. Timbaland
  • "Diva" - Beyoncé
  • "Thinking of You" - Katy Perry


2009

  • "I Will Be" - Leona Lewis
  • "So Good" - Electrik Red
  • "Not Fair" - Lily Allen
  • "Sweet Dreams" (I Am... Tour interlude video) - Beyoncé
  • "Touch My Hand" - David Archuleta
  • "Work" - Ciara feat. Missy Elliott
  • "I Look to You" - Whitney Houston
  • "Million Dollar Bill" - Whitney Houston
  • "Sex Therapy" - Robin Thicke
  • "Never Knew I Needed" - Ne-Yo
  • "Hard" - Rihanna feat. Young Jeezy


2010

  • "Rude Boy" - Rihanna
  • "Put It in a Love Song" - Alicia Keys feat. Beyoncé
  • "Why Don't You Love Me" (co-directed by Beyoncé Knowles) - Beyoncé
  • "Rockstar 101" - Rihanna feat. Slash
  • "Gimmie Dat" - Ciara


2011

  • "S&M" (co-directed by Rihanna) - Rihanna
  • "Move Your Body" - Beyoncé
  • "I'm Into You" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Lil Wayne
  • "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
  • "You da One" - Rihanna


2012

  • "Your Body" - Christina Aguilera
  • "Losing You" - Solange
  • "Looking Hot" - No Doubt
  • "Keep You" - Wild Belle

2013

  • "Pretty Hurts" - Beyoncé
  • "RUN" - Beyoncé and Jay-z

2016

  • "Formation" - Beyoncé
     
 

COMMERCIALS


2011

  • "Year Off" - Target / Beyoncé
  • "Fuel for Life" - Diesel

2012

  • "All Originals Represent" - Adidas

2013

  • "Change Lanes" - Lexus

2016

  • "Pop" - Stella McCartney / Grimes, Amandla Stenberg, Lola Leon, Kenya Kinski-Jones
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

SOURCE
http://prettybird.co/us/talent/creatives/melina-matsoukas/biography/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melina_Matsoukas

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