Dominic Sena

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Dominic Sena
Born (1949-04-26) April 26, 1949 (age 74)
Occupation(s)Film director, music video director
Years active1984–2011

Dominic Sena (born April 26, 1949) is an American film director and music video director. As a film director, he is best known for directing the films Kalifornia (1993), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and Swordfish (2001). As a music video director, he directed music videos for Richard Marx, Bryan Adams, Peter Cetera, Janet Jackson, and Sting.

Life and career[edit]

Sena was born in Niles, Ohio of Italian-American heritage. His family hails from the town of Bagnoli Irpino, Avellino, Italy. As one of the founders of Propaganda Films, Sena worked primarily in music videos early in his career. He directed several of Janet Jackson's image re-defining music videos from her Rhythm Nation 1814 album. The Rhythm Nation 1814 short film directed by Sena won the Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video.[1] Other artists that Sena has directed music videos for include Richard Marx, Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, Sheena Easton, Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton, Peter Cetera, E.G. Daily, and Sting. Sena was also the cinematographer for many of the music videos he directed.[2]

In 1993, Sena directed Kalifornia, which starred future Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and David Duchovny. While the film garnered good reviews,[3] it was not a commercial success and it was seven more years before Sena stepped behind the camera again.

In 2000, Sena directed the film Gone in 60 Seconds, featuring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Duvall. Other films he has directed include Swordfish (2001), Whiteout (2009), and Season of the Witch (2011).[2]




  1. ^ "Past Winners Search". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  2. ^ a b "Dominic Sena". Filmbug. 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  3. ^ "Kalifornia". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  4. ^ Anita Baker - "Talk To Me" (Official Music Video)

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