Born January 14, 1981
Alma mater New York University Occupation Director Years active 2006–present
Melina Matsoukas (born January 14, 1981) is an American music video, film, commercial and television director. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and four-time MTV Video Music Awards winner for her " We Found Love" and " Formation" music videos. She was honored with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal by the  American Film Institute in 2019.
Early life and education [ edit ]
Matsoukas grew up in
Co-op City a housing development in the Bronx. Her father worked as a carpenter, and her mother taught math in a local high school. When Matsoukas was eight, the family moved to Hackensack, New Jersey. Her father is of half-Greek and half-Jewish descent, and her mother is of African-Cuban and Jamaican descent. Both her name and surname are Greek:  Μελίνα Ματσούκα. She earned her degree at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and completed her graduate work at the AFI Conservatory with an MFA in cinematography. Her graduate thesis was on music videos.
Matsoukas started out at Black Dog Film, then the now-defunct Gorilla Flix film production company, and is currently a director at Prettybird, which she has been signed to since 2011.
Her work is described as "chock full of bright colors or crisp black and white images, smooth spotlights, and tasteful retro video models."
Matsoukas says that expensive equipment is not necessary for a quality video and one should never think that way: "A good video has the right visuals, a well  conceptualised story and should be exciting and elicit reaction." In an interview for  Fall 2010 issue, she says about being part of the music video world, "I love it. The quick turnaround, the creativity." Venus Zine's
In 2016 and 2017, Matsoukas directed several episodes of the critically and publicly acclaimed television series
and Master of None .
Matsoukas made her directorial debut in film with
, starring Jodie Turner-Smith and Queen & Slim Daniel Kaluuya, written by Lena Waithe. It is scheduled to be released on November 27, 2019, by Universal Pictures.
Filmography [ edit ]
Music videos [ edit ]
Commercials [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
Antville Music Video Awards [ edit ]
Black Reel Awards for Television [ edit ]
Cannes Lions International Festival [ edit ]
Clio Awards [ edit ]
Directors Guild of America Award [ edit ]
Gold Derby Awards [ edit ]
Grammy Awards [ edit ]
Kinsale Shark Awards - Short Film and Music Video [ edit ]
MTV Video Music Awards [ edit ]
Music Video Production Awards [ edit ]
NAACP Image Awards [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Okeowo, Alexis (March 6, 2017). "The Provocateur behind Beyonce, Rihanna and Issa Rae". The New Yorker . Retrieved . March 11, 2017
"The Provocateur Behind Beyonce Rihanna and Issa Rae". Archived from the original on July 12, 2011 . Retrieved . May 14, 2010 CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown ( link)
^ Kamuzu Banda, Tim. Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 22:01.
"Video queen: Melina Matsoukas", Daily Nation.
"Visionary: Melina Matsoukas" Archived January 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, WatchLookListen.
^ Banda, Tim Kamuzu (2008).
"Video queen: Melina Matsoukas", p.2, Daily Nation.
^ "Venus Zine: Melina Matsoukas"
Venus Zine Fall 2010 Issue No. 44
Jodie Smith-Turner to Star Opposite Daniel Kaluuya in ‘Queen & Slim’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Andreeva, Nellie (April 5, 2018). "FX Orders 'Y' Drama Pilot Based On 'Y: The Last Man' Comic Book Series". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved . July 11, 2018
Fleming Jr, Mike (July 19, 2018). "Makeready Sets 'Queen & Slim'; Daniel Kaluuya Stars, Melina Matsoukas Directs Lena Waithe Script". Deadline . Retrieved . July 22, 2018
"Director Melina Matsoukas To Receive AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal". deadline.com. May 10, 2019 . Retrieved . July 16, 2019
"Antville Music Video Awards 2012 – THE WINNERS". videos.antville.org. December 30, 2012 . Retrieved . December 22, 2017
"2017 Black Reel Awards for Television". goldderby.com . Retrieved . February 20, 2019
"2018 Black Reel Awards for Television". blackreelawards.com . Retrieved . February 20, 2019
"2014 MUSIC VIDEOS COMPETITION NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED". camerimage.pl . Retrieved . August 21, 2018
"2016 MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS ARE HERE!". camerimage.pl . Retrieved . August 21, 2018
"Beyonce's 'Formation' Music Video Wins Grand Prix at Inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment for Music Awards". Billboard . Retrieved . August 21, 2018
"Beyoncé – Formation". Clios . Retrieved . August 21, 2018
Swertlow, Meg (February 3, 2018). "DGA Awards 2018 Winners: The Complete List". E! News . Retrieved . February 4, 2018
"DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2017". Directors Guild of America. January 10, 2018 . Retrieved . January 10, 2018
Montgomery, Daniel (July 26, 2017). "2017 Gold Derby TV Awards nominations: 'This is Us,' 'Veep,' 'The Leftovers,' 'Stranger Things' among top contenders". GoldDerby . Retrieved . July 28, 2017
"Grammy Awards: Melina Matsoukas". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences . Retrieved . November 3, 2017
"2016 Kinsale Shark Awards - Short Film and Music Video". Kinsale Shark Awards . Retrieved . November 3, 2017
"London International Awards". 2016.liaentries.com . Retrieved . February 19, 2019
"One Direction beat Justin Bieber and Rihanna at MTV awards". The Daily Telegraph. September 7, 2012 . Retrieved . November 3, 2017
"Here's Your Full List of 2014 VMA Winners". MTV News . Retrieved . August 21, 2018
"MTV VMAs 2016: the MTV Video Music Awards – as it happened". The Guardian. August 29, 2016 . Retrieved . November 3, 2017
"2013 MVPA Award Winners". VideoStatic.
Washington, Arlene; Lewis, Hilary (February 10, 2017). "Hidden Figures, Loving, and Queen of Katwe nominated". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved . February 15, 2017
"Bjork promo triumphs at UK Music Video Awards | News | Music Week". Music Week . Retrieved . August 21, 2018
"Music Genre Categories". UKMVA. December 12, 2012.
"UK Music Video Awards 2013 – all of last night's winners!". promonews.tv. October 29, 2013 . Retrieved . December 22, 2017
"Here Are The Winners Of The 21st Annual Webby Awards". Webby Awards . Retrieved . April 27, 2017
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