Joseph Kahn

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Joseph Kahn
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Joseph Kahn at the screening of "Detention" at the LA Film School, April 2012
Born (1972-10-12) October 12, 1972 (age 41)
Jersey Village, Texas
Occupation Film and music video director
Website
http://www.josephkahn.com

Joseph Kahn (born October 12, 1972) is an American film and music video director.

Early life[edit]

Kahn was born in Jersey Village, Texas, a suburb of Houston. He is of Korean ancestry. He spent part of his childhood growing up in Livorno, Italy until his family moved to Texas. After graduating from Jersey Village High School in 1990, Kahn went to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He later dropped out after one year to direct music videos.

Music video career[edit]

In 1999, Kahn started his own production company with Chris Lee, SuperMega Media, which is housed under HSI Productions. Kahn has worked with diverse artists such as Aaliyah, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Kelly Clarkson, Ashlee Simpson, Muse, Ciara, Monica, Courtney Love, Rob Zombie, U2, The Chemical Brothers, Blink 182, Chris Brown, Eminem, TLC, Katy Perry, Moby, Kesha, George Michael, Korn, The Black Eyed Peas, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, BoA, Gwen Stefani, Brandy, AKB48, Pussycat Dolls, Sun Ho, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5 and many more.

Kahn has collected multiple Music Video Production awards. He has won several MTV Video Music Awards with nominations for Best Video of the Year for Brandy & Monica "The Boy is Mine", Britney Spears "Toxic", Chris Brown "Forever", Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up", Eminem "We Made You", Britney Spears "Womanizer", and Eminem "Love the Way You Lie." In 2002 he won his first Grammy for Eminem's "Without Me" video which also won the MTV VMA's Best Video of the Year, as well as Best Direction. His video for Katy Perry "Waking Up In Vegas" won the MVPA 2009 Best Video of the Year.

Kahn's usage of Japanese pop culture in music videos first began with Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video. The video was also the most expensive video Kahn has directed and is among the most expensive of all time, costing over $2.5 million.[1]

Commercials[edit]

Kahn has directed commercials for Acura, Bacardi, BMW, Hewlett Packard, Gillette, Vodafone, Budweiser, ASICS, Renault, Mazda, Coors Light, NASCAR, Saab, Ford and PlayStation. His Fox/NASCAR campaign won a 2004 Clio for visual effects and most recently the seventh season promo of long running ABC show Desperate Housewives. In 2011, he launched an Old Navy music video style campaign which garnered over a million YouTube hits in the first week. He resurrected Bruce Lee with cgi in a Johnnie Walker ad.

Film career[edit]

Kahn also directed the 2004 action film Torque starring Ice Cube. In May 2007 it was announced that he would direct an adaptation of William Gibson's science fiction classic, Neuromancer for producer Peter Hoffman. On May 7, 2010 Fangoria reported that Vincenzo Natali, the director of Cube and Splice, had taken over directing duties and will also rewrite the screenplay.[2] In 2010 Kahn directed the low-budget, self-financed horror comedy Detention. [3] After winning a number of audience favorite awards on the film festival circuit,[4] Detention was picked up for theatrical distribution by Sony for a release in 2012.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Music videography[edit]

Year Artist Video
1990 The Pain Teens "The Basement"
1992 Rake's Progress "Ghost Town"
1993 Die Krupps "Crossfire"
"Fatherland"
"To The Hilt"
DMG "You Don't Hear Me Doe"
Geto Boys "Straight Gangsterism"
1994 2 Low "Funky Lil Brotha"
5th Ward Boyz "Ghetto Funk"
Ahmad "You Gotta Be"
"Back in the Day"
Die Krupps feat. Biohazard "Bloodsuckers"
Willie Nelson "December Day"
"Afraid"
Retarded Elf "What Up G?"
Widowmaker "Long Gone"
1995 AZ "Gimme Yours"
Clever Jeff "Year Of The Fly MC"
Das EFX "Real Hip Hop"
Distinguished Gentlemen "Soakin' Wet"
Lords of the Underground "Faith"
"Neva Faded"
Onyx "All We Got Iz Us"
"Last Dayz"
Ruffnexx Sound System "Stick By Me"
Spahn Ranch "Locusts"
Veronica "Without Love"
Scarface feat. Ice Cube "Hand of the Dead Body"
Public Enemy So Watcha Gone Do Now"
1996 AZ "Do Or Die"
"Mo Money, Mo Murder, Mo Homicide"
Interstate Peek In The Drawers"
Smooth Da Hustler "Hustler's Theme"
Sadat X "Hang'em High"
Montell Jordan feat. Slick Rick "I Like"
Aaliyah "If Your Girl Only Knew"
New Edition "Hit Me Off"
Warren G feat. Adina Howard "What's Love Got To Do With It"
Johnny Gill "Let's Get The Mood Right"
New Edition "I'm Still In Love With You"
Total "Kissin' You"
Shaq "You Can't Stop the Reign"
Tony! Toni! Toné! feat. DJ Quik "Let's Get Down"
1997 Korn "A.D.I.D.A.S"
Ice Cube "The World Is Mine"
Patricia Kaas "Quand J'ai Peur De Tout"
Faith No More "Last Cup of Sorrow"
Snoop Doggy Dogg "Tha Doggfather"
Eric Benet "True To Myself"
Backstreet Boys "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
Foxy Brown feat. Dru Hill "Big Bad Mamma"
SWV feat. Puff Daddy "Someone"
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony "If I Could Teach The World"
1998 Foxy Brown "Hot Spot"
Shernette May "You're All The Man That I Need"
Total "Trippin'"
Usher "Bed Time"
(version 1)
Montell Jordan "I Can Do That"
Montell Jordan feat. Master P & Silkk Tha Shocker "Let's Ride"
Mase feat. Total "What You Want"
Brandy & Monica "The Boy Is Mine"
Monica "The First Night"
Monster Magnet "Space Lord"
Bryan Adams "On a Day Like Today"
Rob Zombie "Living Dead Girl"
1999 Mobb Deep "Quiet Storm"
(version 1)
Jennifer Love Hewitt "How Do I Deal"
Monster Magnet "Powertrip"
Blackstreet feat. Janet Jackson, Ja Rule & Eve "Girlfriend/Boyfriend"
Sugar Ray "Someday"
Backstreet Boys "Larger Than Life"
Brian Setzer Orchestra "If You Can't Rock Me"
Muse "Muscle Museum"
2000 Hole "Be a Man"
Destiny's Child "Say My Name"
"Jumpin' Jumpin'
Sisqó "Thong Song"
Elton John "Someday Out of the Blue"
Christina Aguilera "I Turn to You"
"Por Siempre Tu"
Janet Jackson "Doesn't Really Matter"
LeAnn Rimes "I Need You"
Faith Hill "The Way You Love Me"
The Corrs "Irresistible"
Scarface "It Ain't"
Wu-Tang Clan "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)"
"Gravel Pitt"
Moby feat. Gwen Stefani "South Side"
Britney Spears "Stronger"
2001 Chayanne "Candela"
The Black Eyed Peas feat. Macy Gray "Request + Line"
"Request + Line" (remix)
Papa Roach "Between Angels and Insects"
U2 "Elevation"
"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
(version 2)
Aerosmith "Fly Away From Here"
D12 "Purple Hills"
Samantha Mumba "Baby, Come Over (This Is Our Night)"
Enrique Iglesias "Hero"
DMX "Who We Be"
Garbage "Cherry Lips"
2002 George Michael "Freeek!"
Moby "We Are All Made of Stars"
Eminem "Without Me"
Mariah Carey feat. Cam'ron "Boy (I Need You)"
2003 DMX "X Gon' Give It To Ya"
TLC "Damaged"
Nelly feat. Justin Timberlake "Work It"
Dido "White Flag"
Ricky Martin "Juramento"
Busta Rhymes feat. Pharrell "Light Your Ass On Fire"
The Chemical Brothers feat. k-os "Get Yourself High"
2004 Britney Spears "Toxic"
Alsou "Always on My Mind"
Blink 182 "Always"
Ashlee Simpson "La La"
The Offspring "(Can't Get My) Head Around You"
2005 Kelly Clarkson "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
Joss Stone "Spoiled"
Rob Thomas "Lonely No More"
Jamiroquai "Feels Just Like It Should"
Backstreet Boys "Incomplete"
2006 Kelly Clarkson "Walk Away"
Shayne Ward "No Promises"
The Pink Spiders "Little Razorblade"
Muse "Knights of Cydonia"
Ciara feat. Chamillionaire "Get Up"
Janet Jackson feat. Khia "So Excited"
Gwen Stefani "The Sweet Escape"
2007 Kelly Clarkson "Never Again"
50 Cent feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland "Ayo Technology"
2008 Ladytron "Ghosts"
Chris Brown "Forever"
Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up"
"I Hate This Part"
Britney Spears "Womanizer"
2009 Lady Gaga "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"
"LoveGame"
BoA "I Did It for Love"
Katy Perry "Waking Up in Vegas"
Eminem "We Made You"
Kelly Clarkson "Already Gone"
Ester Dean feat. Chris Brown "Drop It Low"
Sun Ho "Fancy Free"
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz "I Can Transform Ya"
Chris Brown "Crawl"
2010 Helping Haiti "Everybody Hurts"
Kylie Minogue "All the Lovers"
Maroon 5 "Misery"
Eminem feat. Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie"
Nicole Scherzinger "Poison
Keri Hilson "Pretty Girl Rock"
Dr. Dre "Kush"
2011 Eminem "Space Bound"
2012 AKB48 "Gingham Check"
"Uza"
Robbie Williams "Candy"
Ciara "Got Me Good"
2013 Priyanka Chopra "In My City"[6]
Mariah Carey feat. Miguel "#Beautiful"
Britney Spears "Perfume"
Kylie Minogue feat. Brooke Candy "Get It Up Ya"
2014 Shakira feat. Rihanna "Can't Remember To Forget You"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asia Pacific Arts: APA Top Ten: Joseph Kahn music videos". Entertainment Weekly. Diehl, Matt. 10-07-00. Retrieved 07-02-14. 
  2. ^ Gingold, Michael. "Natali takes "NEUROMANCER" for the big screen". Fangoria.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Celebrated Music Video Director Shows Up for 'Detention'". 
  4. ^ "Badassdigest". 
  5. ^ "Sony Pictures Worldwide Opts For 'Detention'". 
  6. ^ "Priyanka Chopra’s In My City music video out". Indian Express. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 

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