Ray Tintori is an American director who has directed short films and music videos for bands MGMT, Chairlift, The Cool Kids, Boy Crisis, and The Killers. Tintori graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006, where he studied film, and from LaGuardia High School in Manhattan in 2001, where he was a studio art major. His father is John Tintori, a film editor and Chair of NYU's Kanbar Institute of Film & Television and his mother is Mary Cybulski, a script supervisor.
Tintori's directorial debut was the 2005 short film Jettison Your Loved Ones, which screened at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival. New York magazine referred to the film as "a deranged, no-budget sci-fi epic [...] some of the most hypnotic and strange six minutes you’ll ever spend staring at a computer screen." His senior thesis film Death to the Tinman premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival where it won a short filmmaking award.
Tintori directed the music video for the MGMT's single "Time to Pretend". The video garnered attention on MTVu airwaves due to its colorful, psychedelic style. Tintori also directed the videos for MGMT's second and third singles, "Electric Feel" and "Kids", respectively. He also directed the videos for the The Killers' song "Spaceman" and "Chairlift's "Evident Utensil", which was nominated for an award in the "Breakthrough Video" category at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
In July, 2009, Spike Jonze announced that Tintori would be directing Light Boxes, an adaptation of the novel by Shane Jones. However, in May 2010, Jonze stated that Tintori was no longer working on the project, and in June 2010, Shane Jones said the film option had been dropped.
In May, 2010, the Brooklyn Arts Council honored Tintori with a "premature retrospective", screening a number of his short films and other works.
- "Electric Feel" by MGMT (2007) (Interactive video)
- "Time to Pretend" by MGMT (2008)
- "Electric Feel" by MGMT (2008)
- "Delivery Man" by The Cool Kids (2008)
- "Spaceman" by The Killers (2009)
- "Evident Utensil" by Chairlift (2009)
- "Kids" by MGMT (2009)
- "Dressed to Digress" by Boy Crisis (2009)
- "Crystallize" (YouTube Music Awards version) by Lindsay Stirling (2013)
- Jettison Your Loved Ones (2005)
- Death to the Tinman (2006)
- David Knight (September 19, 2008). "The Cool Kids’ Delivery Man by Ray Tintori". Promo News. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- "Boy Crisis video: “Dressed to Digress” at Wes". wesleying.org. September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- Katey Rich (July 28, 2009). "Jonze Picks Up Light Boxes For First-Time Filmmaker Ray Tintori". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- "Ray Tintori, Death to the Tinman", The Reeler, thereeler.com, January 15, 2007
- Bilge Ebiri, Filmmaker "Ray Tintori Reunites Father and Son, Blows Up Earth", New York, nymag.com, January 3, 2008
- Andre Soares (January 27, 2007). "Sundance 2007 Awards". Alternative Film Guide. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- "2009 MTV Video Music Awards: Breakthrough Video". MTV. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
- Dave McNary (July 27, 2009). "Jonze acquires 'Boxes' feature rights". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- Tim Teeman (May 15, 2010). "A cure for Aids? Spike Jonze is not joking". Times Online. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
- Laura Van Den Berg (June 22, 2010). "Shedding Light on Shane Jones". Retrieved 2011-03-18.
- Meredith Deliso (April 27, 2010). "Ray Tintori is only 26 years old — and he gets a retrospective?". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
- Mekado Murphy (November 28, 2012). "Behind the Camera: The Beasts of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
- Steven Gottlieb (November 4, 2013). "Lindsay Stirling "Crystallize (YouTube Music Awards version)" (Ray Tintori, dir.)". Video Static. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- Ray Tintori official site
- Ray Tintori at the Internet Movie Database
- Ray Tintori on Clipland
- Jettison Your Loved Ones Video
- Death to the Tinman Video
- Partizan representation for commercials and music videos.
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