Shomi Patwary

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Shomi Patwary
Born Mahfuzur Patwary
(1982-02-20) February 20, 1982 (age 35)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation Designer, Artist, Director
Years active 2004–present

Mahfuzur "Shomi" Patwary (born 20 February 1982 in Dhaka, Bangladesh) is a Bengali American filmmaker,[1] and co-founder of the creative collective Illusive Media [2] based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Illusive Media[edit]

While a student at Old Dominion University Patwary co-created the multimedia artists collective, Illusive Media, with his lifelong friend and classmate Philip Ly.[3] Initially the group began creating a web presence for underground artists, but later helped national acts like Sean Paul and N*E*R*D create an image that connected with a broader fan base.[4] As websites like MySpace began to lose its grip in the internet and bloggers became the dominant source of information, Shomi and Illusive Media began directing Music Videos giving bloggers exclusive content to certain artists. Through Illusive Media, Shomi has directed music videos for several artists, his most notable and frequent collaborators are: A$AP Mob and members of Clipse.[5] Shomi Patwary and Illusive Media have directed videos for: Lupe Fiasco, Major Lazer, ASAP Rocky, Mark Ronson, Joey Badass as well as many others.

Shomi is known for his guerrilla style of directing and editing often shooting, editing and releasing a complete project on the fly over a few days time.[1] This allowed Illusive Media to remain more of an artists collective rather than a for-profit business making just enough money to keep the lights on and thus attracting attention from top musicians and record industry executives across the globe. Through Illusive Media, Patwary is also widely respected for often taking into account a musician's image and artistic input and putting his own spin on the project creating a truly collaborative process. He is often credited alongside other Illusive Media artistic collaborators such as Phil Ly (co-director), Abe Vilchez-Moran (Director), Robert Elliot Simmons (Special Effects), Tashfiq Patwary (Producer), Charley Feher (Videographer Designer), Paolo Obcemane (Videographer/Photographer/Video Editor) and Jay McCord (Producer/Director/Actor).[6] Shomi's younger brother, Tashfiq, is a member of the VERYRVRE production team which has produced tracks for the hip hop collective A$AP Mob and Santigold.

The most notable music video directed by Shomi is Lupe Fiasco's "I'm Beamin" [7] with critical acclaim from numerous critics including the New York Post, which called the "Lupe Fiasco 'I'm Beamin' video a breath of fresh air".[8] The 2011 MTV Movie Awards listed the video as #4 on its "Best Of" playlist.

Haiti earthquake[edit]

After the 2010 Haiti earthquake Shomi teamed up with Robert Simmons Jay McCord, Kenna, Lupe Fiasco, and Mike Shinoda on the "Resurrection" music video to promote Music For Relief.[9] The song was written and the music video was directed for free with all proceeds going to aid the Haiti disaster through Music for Relief.[10] The music video received critical acclaim and became a YouTube viral hit due to its creative use of animating still photographs to create movement without losing the impact of the photo itself.[11]

KarmaloopTV & the FADER[edit]

In April 2012, Shomi was brought on board as an in-house music video director and television producer by's TV division.[12] Shomi has worked with KarmaloopTV to help build the television and music video brand and tie it in with the online retail giant's streetwear image. KarmaloopTV created a new division known as Karmaloop Media during the summer of 2012[1] Since taking the helm at Karmaloop, Patwary has shot videos for Beyoncé, ASAP Rocky, Diplo, Stalley, Wale, No Malice of the Clipse, and A-Trak. In 2014, Shomi left his appointment with Karmaloop to join the editorial team at the FADER magazine.[13] With the FADER he will oversee all video production as Senior Video Producer.

2016 Much Music Award Nominations[edit]

Shomi Patwary was nominated in several categories in 2016's Much Music Awards for Belly’s video "Might Not" featuring The Weeknd.[14]

Video of the Year

  • Alessia Cara, "Here," Directed by Aaron A.
  • Belly f. The Weeknd, "Might Not," Directed by Belly and Shomi Patwary
  • Drake, "Hotline Bling," Directed by Director X
  • Grimes, "Flesh Without Blood," Directed by Claire Boucher
  • Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, "I Know What You Did Last Summer," Directed by Ryan Pallotta

Best Hip Hop Video

  • Belly f. The Weeknd, "Might Not," Directed by Belly and Shomi Patwary
  • Drake, "Hotline Bling," Directed by Director X
  • Jazz Cartier, "The Valley/Dead or Alive," Directed by Kyle Sanderson
  • John River, "Get Down," Directed by Abstrakte
  • SonReal, "Whoa Nilly," Directed by Peter Huang

Best MuchFact Video

  • Belly f. The Weeknd, "Might Not," Directed by Belly and Shomi Patwary
  • Humans, "Water Water," Directed by Peter Ricq
  • Majid Jordan f. Drake, "My Love," Directed by Common Good
  • SonReal, "Whoa Nilly," Directed by Peter Huang
  • Young Empires, "The Gates," Directed by Amos LeBlanc













  1. ^ a b c [1], April 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-4-12
  2. ^ "Illusive Media Throws Karma on a Loop, November 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-10
  3. ^ "Growing Multimedia Design Shop Was Founded by ODU students, August 10, 2006. Retrieved 2011-12-17
  4. ^ "Illusive Media" Retrieved 2012-2-29
  5. ^ "Video: Clipse: "Doorman", November 12, 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-10
  6. ^ ""IMDB Bio Jay McCord", Retrieved 2012-5-16
  7. ^ "Lupe Fiasco - I'm Beamin (Official Video), Retrieved 2011-12-10
  8. ^ "Lupe Fiasco 'I'm Beamin' video is a breath of fresh air, April 29, 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-10
  9. ^ "Kenna, Lupe Fiasco, Mike Shinoda - Resurrection (Official Video)", Retrieved 2011-12-10
  10. ^ "Resurrection - Music For Relief, March 11, 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-10
  11. ^ [2]. March 10, 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-03
  12. ^ [3], April 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-4-10
  13. ^ [4] September 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-15
  14. ^ [5]
  15. ^ 2011 Movie Awards Playlist: Lupe Fiasco, July 9, 2012. Retrieved 2010-6-3
  16. ^ Okayplayer | Stalley feat Wale, September 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-9-19
  17. ^ Noisey.Vice | A$AP Ferg, August 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-8-21
  18. ^ Stereogum | A$AP Mob, September 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-9-9

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