Ray Tintori

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Ray Tintori is an American director, screenwriter and founding member of the Court 13 filmmaking collective.[1] He has directed three short films, as well as several music videos for bands, such as MGMT, Chairlift, The Cool Kids,[2] Boy Crisis,[3] and The Killers.

Personal life[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]


Tintori's first two short films were heavily narrated, black & white, fantasy stories featuring numerous whimsical characters. His directorial debut was the 2005 short film Jettison Your Loved Ones, which screened at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival.[6] 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."[6] His senior thesis film Death to the Tinman premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival[5] where it won a short filmmaking award.[7]

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.[citation needed] Tintori also directed the videos for MGMT's second and third singles, "Electric Feel" and "Kids", respectively. He also directed the videos for 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.[8]

In July, 2009, Spike Jonze announced that Tintori would be directing Light Boxes, an adaptation of the novel by Shane Jones.[9] However, in May 2010, Jonze stated that Tintori was no longer working on the project,[10] and in June 2010, Shane Jones said the film option had been dropped.[11]

In May, 2010, the Brooklyn Arts Council honored Tintori with a "premature retrospective", screening a number of his short films and other works.[12]

Tintori worked on Court 13's first feature film Beasts of the Southern Wild as Aurochs and Special Effects Unit Director.[13]

Tintori participated in the Sundance Institute's 2013 June Screenwriters Lab with his Untitled Cabal Project,[1] and his short film Cabal screened at the 2014 Borscht Film Festival.[14]

In 2016, Tintori directed a trailer video for Google's Tilt Brush.[15]

In 2017, Tintori won a Sports Emmy for his work with Oculus on Follow My Lead: The Story of the 2016 NBA Finals.[16]


Music videos[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • Jettison Your Loved Ones (2005)
  • Death to the Tinman (2006)
  • Cabal (2014)


  1. ^ a b Dominic Patten (May 9, 2013). "Sundance Institute Announces Directors & Screenwriter Fellows". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  2. ^ David Knight (September 19, 2008). "The Cool Kids’ Delivery Man by Ray Tintori". Promo News. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Boy Crisis video: "Dressed to Digress" at Wes". wesleying.org. September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  4. ^ Katey Rich (July 28, 2009). "Jonze Picks Up Light Boxes For First-Time Filmmaker Ray Tintori". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Ray Tintori, Death to the Tinman", The Reeler, thereeler.com, January 15, 2007
  6. ^ a b Bilge Ebiri, Filmmaker "Ray Tintori Reunites Father and Son, Blows Up Earth", New York, nymag.com, January 3, 2008
  7. ^ Andre Soares (January 27, 2007). "Sundance 2007 Awards". Alternative Film Guide. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  8. ^ "2009 MTV Video Music Awards: Breakthrough Video". MTV. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  9. ^ Dave McNary (July 27, 2009). "Jonze acquires 'Boxes' feature rights". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  10. ^ Tim Teeman (May 15, 2010). "A cure for Aids? Spike Jonze is not joking". Times Online. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  11. ^ Laura Van Den Berg (June 22, 2010). "Shedding Light on Shane Jones". Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  12. ^ Meredith Deliso (April 27, 2010). "Ray Tintori is only 26 years old — and he gets a retrospective?". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  13. ^ Mekado Murphy (November 28, 2012). "Behind the Camera: The Beasts of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  14. ^ Rene Rodriguez (December 13, 2014). "Borscht movie fest spurs a filmmaking boom in South Florida". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  15. ^ Robert Goldrich (May 11, 2016). "Director Ray Tintori of m ss ng p eces Teams With MPC On Tilt Brush Trailer". Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  16. ^ The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (May 9, 2017). "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Winners of the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  17. ^ Steven Gottlieb (November 4, 2013). "Lindsay Stirling "Crystallize (YouTube Music Awards version)" (Ray Tintori, dir.)". Video Static. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

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