Gregory Dark

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Gregory Dark
Born Gregory Hippolyte Brown
(1957-07-12) July 12, 1957 (age 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film director, producer, writer

Gregory Dark (born Gregory Hippolyte Brown on July 12, 1957 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film director, film producer, music video director, and screenwriter. Dark is one of the few adult filmmakers to successfully transition into mainstream Hollywood film-making. He has also been credited as Alexander Hippolyte, as Gregory Brown, and as The Dark Brothers.

Early career[edit]

Dark began his career as a fine artist of both paintings and conceptual art and installations. After graduating with an M.F.A. from Stanford University, he moved to New York City to pursue graduate studies in film at New York University.

From the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, Dark directed hardcore and softcore adult films. His work from this period influenced the current "Alt porn" genre. Dark directed or produced more than 30 action films and erotic thrillers as head of production for Axis Films, a B movie company, from 1987 to 1995. Dark's erotic thrillers in the early 1990s such as Animal Instincts I and II, Body of Influence, and Mirror Images II featured Shannon Whirry in various stages of undress. In 1994, he directed the film Stranger by Night, starring Steven Bauer.

Dark's films of this period won him accolades such as "the Steven Spielberg of the soft-core set" and "the Martin Scorsese of the erotic thriller".[1]

Music videos[edit]

Dark then became a sought-after music video director who has directed more than 150 clips, helming videos for popular recording artists such as Inspectah Deck, Xzibit, Linkin Park, Sublime, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, David Banner, Disturbed, Busta Rhymes, Nick Cannon, The Melvins and The Calling. He has been nominated for and won several MTV Video Music Awards as well as awards from BET and Billboard for his music video work.

In 1998 Dark directed the video for "Zoot Suit Riot" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies, which won the Daddies a nomination for "Best New Artist in a Video" at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. The same year he directed "Fuck Dying" and "Pushin' Weight" for Ice Cube.[2] Dark's 1998 video "What U See Is What U Get" for Xzibit remained at the top of the Charts on BET for almost a year and won a Source Award. On November 22 and 23, 1999, he directed the video for "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" by Britney Spears. In 2000, Vitamin C's "Graduation (Friends Forever)" and Linkin Park's "One Step Closer" video, which was shot in Los Angeles, 63 feet underground in an abandoned subway tunnel. In 2002 he directed the video for the A*Teens cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love" for the Disney feature Lilo & Stitch. In mid-2002 he also directed the video for the Breaking Benjamin single Polyamorous.

Dark directed the music video for "Undercover Funk" by Snoop Dogg featuring Bootsy Collins for the film Undercover Brother. The video featured acting performances by the film's stars Eddie Griffin, who morphs into Snoop Dogg at the beginning of the video, and dancing and lip synching performances by Neil Patrick Harris and Denise Richards.

Major motion pictures[edit]

Dark's first major motion picture, horror film See No Evil, was released nationwide on May 19, 2006, for WWE Films and Lions Gate Entertainment. It was directed by Dark, written by Dan Madigan, produced by Joel Simon, and starred professional wrestler Kane. See No Evil grossed more than $40 million.

In 2008 Dark directed the independent film Little Fish, Strange Pond, starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Callum Blue, Zach Galifianakis, Liza Weil, and Paul Adelstein, which was retitled to Frenemy for its December 2010 DVD release. During 2009, Dark directed An Evening With Stephen Lynch, a concert film starring comedian and musician Stephen Lynch.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Linda Ruth (2005). The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press. p. 306. ISBN 0-253-21836-5. 
  2. ^ Ice Cube Videography. Music Video Database. Accessed August 12, 2007.
  3. ^ XRCO Hall of Fame
  4. ^ "Previous Winners and Noms – 2002 & Before". X-Rated Critics Organization. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 

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