Mark Pellington

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Mark Pellington
Mark Pellington (32679170562).jpg
Born (1962-03-17) March 17, 1962 (age 59)
OccupationFilm director, producer, writer, photographer
Years active1990–present

Mark Pellington (born March 17, 1962) is an American film director, writer, and producer.

Life and career[edit]

Pellington was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Bill Pellington, an All-Pro linebacker who played football with the Baltimore Colts for 12 seasons.[1] Mark graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984, which he attended on an athletic scholarship, playing attack on the lacrosse team. He worked at MTV from 1984–1990, winning awards as a promo producer and creating the landmark TV documentary series Buzz (1990).

He became a freelance director in 1990, directing music videos for U2, Crystal Waters, De la Soul and Pearl Jam. His video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" won four MTV awards in 1993, including Best Director and Video of the Year, and his video for Whale's song "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" won the inaugural MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video in 1994.

Pellington then began directing feature films, including Going All the Way (1997), starring Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz, Arlington Road (1999), starring Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges, as well as The Mothman Prophecies (2002), starring Richard Gere dealing with mysterious deaths[2] foretold by a strange red-eyed flying creature, Mothman.

Pellington has also worked with such musical artists as Alice In Chains, Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Cage the Elephant, Linkin Park, Echosmith, The Fray, Dave Matthews, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy, Moby, Flaming Lips, Damian Marley, Chelsea Wolfe and Bruce Springsteen. He also made cameo appearances in The Mothman Prophecies, Almost Famous, and Jerry Maguire. He directed the landmark mini-series The United States of Poetry for PBS in 1995, which won the INPUT (International Public Television) Award, and created the look of pilots for hit network TV shows including Blindspot, Red Widow and Cold Case, as well as numerous commercials and personal documentaries, art projects and personal short films.

Feature film-wise, he also co-directed U2 3D (2005), Henry Poole Is Here (2008), I Melt with You (2011), The Last Word (2017), starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried, and Nostalgia (2018), starring Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener and Bruce Dern.



Feature films[edit]

Year Title Awards and nominations Ref.
1997 Going All the Way Nominated – Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize [3]
1999 Arlington Road Nominated – Grand Prix Award at the Paris Film Festival
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
2002 The Mothman Prophecies
2007 U2 3D
2008 Henry Poole Is Here
2011 I Melt with You
2017 The Last Word
2018 Nostalgia
TBA The Severing

Short films & documentaries[edit]

Year Title Notes
1992 U2: Achtung Baby: the Videos, the Cameos and a Whole Lot of Interference from ZOO-TV
1995 United States of Poetry PBS documentary mini-series
1997 Destination Anywhere Bon Jovi short film
1998 Pearl Jam: Single Video Theory
1999 Alice in Chains: Music Bank: The Videos
Of Time and Memory
2002 The Place We Call Earth
2003 Day by Day: A Director's Journey Part 1 & 2
2004 I'm Only Looking – The Best of INXS
2005 The Flaming Lips: VOID (Video Overview in Deceleration)
2005 Keane: Strangers Video: "Everybody's Changing" (U.S. version)
2014 Lone Featuring Chelsea Wolfe
2017 "Soul of the Machine" Aston Martin promo, featuring Tom Brady
2018 "Mirror/Shadow" documentary


Year Title Notes
1990 Buzz
Red Hot + Blue ABC TV special (The Jungle Brothers: "I Get a Kick Out of You")
1991 Alive from Off Center 1 episode - "Words in Your Face"
1992 Punch and Judy Get Divorced
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street 1 episode – "Blood Ties: Part 3"
2003–2007 Cold Case 7 episodes
2009 Back
2013 Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Anatomy of Violence
Red Widow 1 episode – "Pilot"
2014 Cocaine Cowboys 1 episode – "Pilot"
2015 Blindspot 4 episodes
2018 The Enemy Within 1 episode - "Pilot"
2019 Star Trek: Short Treks 1 episode - "Chaos Theory"
2020 Survive

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Ref
1985 "Dance Me to the End of Love" Leonard Cohen
1986 "Stay Right Here" Deep 6
1987 "Silent Morning" Noel [5]
1988 "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)" Information Society [6]
"Walking Away" Information Society
1989 "Say No Go" De La Soul
"Repetition" Information Society
1990 "Stone Cold Yesterday" The Connells
"Love & Tears" Maggie's Dream
"Pretty White" Deep 6
1991 "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" Crystal Waters [7]
"Swing It" J.T.
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" P.M. Dawn [8]
1992 "One" U2
"Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine" P.M. Dawn
"Television, the Drug of the Nation" The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
"Jeremy" Pearl Jam
"Shut 'Em Down" Public Enemy
"Drive" R.E.M.
"Peace and Love Inc." Information Society
1993 "Beautiful Girl" INXS
"Independent" Sacred Reich
"Rooster" Alice in Chains
"Black Lodge" Anthrax
"Butterfly" Screaming Trees
1994 "'74–'75" The Connells
"Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" Whale
"Hey Baby" Maggie Estep & I Love Everybody
"Trigger Inside" Therapy?
1995 "Waydown" Catherine Wheel
"Tomorrow" Silverchair
"Kickin'" Whale
1996 "Ladykillers" Lush
"Low" Sacred Reich
"Beautiful Girl" Pete Droge & the Sinners
1997 "Midnight in Chelsea" Jon Bon Jovi
"Queen of New Orleans" Jon Bon Jovi
"Janie, Don't Take Your Love to Town" Jon Bon Jovi
"Staring at Your Window with a Suitcase in My Hand" Jon Bon Jovi
1998 "Ugly" Jon Bon Jovi
1999 "We're in This Together" Nine Inch Nails
2002 "Lonesome Day" Bruce Springsteen
"Do You Realize??" (UK version) The Flaming Lips
"Half Light" Low featuring Tomandandy
2003 "Wasted Time" Kings of Leon
2004 "Gravedigger" Dave Matthews
"She Has No Time" Keane
2005 "Everybody's Changing" Keane
"Best of You" Foo Fighters
2006 "How to Save a Life" The Fray
"Falling by the Wayside" People in Planes
2007 "Soulmate" Natasha Bedingfield
2008 "Girls in Their Summer Clothes (Winter Mix)" Bruce Springsteen
"Henry Poole Is Here" Ron Irizarry
"We're Not Beautiful" Emma Ejwertz
2009 "One Time We Lived" (version 2) Moby
2010 "Syndicate" The Fray
"New Morning" Alpha Rev
"Laredo" Band of Horses
"Infinite Arms" Band of Horses
"Hold My Hand" Michael Jackson
"Spanking Machines" Permission
2011 "Care" Kid Rock
"Skyscraper" Demi Lovato
2012 "I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz
2014 "Final Masquerade" Linkin Park [9]
"Cigarette Daydreams" Cage the Elephant
"Cool Kids" Echosmith
"Giants" Bear Hands
"Feral Love" Chelsea Wolfe
"The Waves Have Come" Chelsea Wolfe
"Let the Fireflies Fly Away" Mark Mulcahy
"Young Blood" Bea Miller
"Why Not Me" The Indecent
2015 "Human Race" Three Days Grace [10]
"Where's the Indifference Now?" Mark Mulcahy
"Nightlight" Silversun Pickups
2016 "Dynasty" MIIA
"Lost Boy" Ruth B
2017 "Gold" The Shelters
"Tell Me You Love Me" Demi Lovato
2018 "Next to Me" Imagine Dragons
"Autumn Leaves" Damian Marley
"Fly" Low

Producer filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2000 No Maps for These Territories Executive Producer
2002 OT: Our Town
2003 Day by Day: A Director's Journey Part I Producer
Day by Day: A Director's Journey Part II
2004 Time Well Spent Executive Producer
2003–2007 Cold Case Consulting Producer (77 episodes)
2007 The Man from Earth Executive Producer
2008 Henry Poole Is Here
2009 Shipping and Receiving (short)
2011 I Melt with You Producer
2017 The Last Word Producer
2018 Nostalgia Producer
TBA The Severing Producer


  1. ^ "Reading Eagle - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  2. ^ "Mothman Death List / The Mothman Curse". Archived from the original on 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
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  5. ^ "Mark Pellington: My First Shoot".
  6. ^ "InSoc history". Archived from the original on 2007-10-22.
  7. ^ ""Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" by Crystal Waters".
  8. ^ "Music Video Encyclopedia – Set Adrift on Memory Bliss".
  9. ^ "LINKIN PARK "Final Masquerade" (Mark Pellington, dir.)". VideoStatic.
  10. ^ "Three Days Grace – Human Race – Music Video".

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