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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.[1] She was honored with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal by the American Film Institute in 2019.

Melina Matsoukas
Born (1981-01-14) January 14, 1981 (age 38)
U.S.
Alma materNew York University
OccupationDirector
Years active2006–present

Early life and educationEdit

Matsoukas grew up in Co-op City a housing development in the Bronx. Her father worked as a builder,[2] 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 Afro-Cuban and Afro-Jamaican descent.[3][4] 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.[5]

CareerEdit

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."[6] 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."[7] In an interview for Venus Zine's Fall 2010 issue, she says about being part of the music video world, "I love it. The quick turnaround, the creativity."[8]

In 2016 and 2017, Matsoukas directed several episodes of the critically and publicly acclaimed television series Master of None and Insecure.

Matsoukas made her directorial debut in film with Queen & Slim, starring Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya, written by Lena Waithe. It was released on November 27, 2019, by Universal Pictures.[9]

FilmographyEdit

Music videosEdit

2006Edit

2007Edit

2008Edit

2009Edit

2010Edit

2011Edit

2012Edit

2013Edit

2016Edit

CommercialsEdit

Year Name Artist Notes
2011 Year off Target / Beyoncé
Fuel for Life Diesel
2012 All Originals Represent Adidas
2013 Change Lanes Lexus
2016 Pop Stella McCartney / Grimes, Amandla Stenberg, Lola Leon, Kenya Kinski-Jones
2017 Equality Nike

TelevisionEdit

Year Name Notes
2016 Insecure 7 Episodes
2017 Master of None 2 Episodes
2020 Y Executive producer[10]

FilmEdit

Year Name Notes
2019 Queen & Slim Director, Executive producer[11]

AwardsEdit

List of awards and nominations received by Melina Matsoukas

African-American Film Critics AssociationEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2019 "Queen & Slim" Impact Award Won [12]
Top 10 Best Films Won

American Film InstituteEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2019 Herself Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal Won [13]

Antville Music Video AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2012 "Losing You" (Solange Knowles) Best Hip-Hop Nominated [14]
Best Performance Nominated

Black Reel AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2020 "Queen & Slim" Outstanding Motion Picture Pending [15]
Outstanding Director Pending
Outstanding Emerging Director Pending

Black Reel Awards for TelevisionEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2017 "Insecure" Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated [16]
"Thanksgiving" ("Insecure") Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series Nominated
2018 "Insecure" Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated [17]
"Hella Perspective" ("Insecure") Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series Nominated

CamerimageEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2014 "Pretty Hurts" (Beyoncé) Video of the Year Nominated [18]
Best Cinematography Nominated
2016 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Video of the Year Nominated [19]
Best Cinematography Nominated

Cannes Lions International FestivalEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2016 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Excellence in Music Video Gran Prix [20]

Clio AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2016 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Video of the Year Won [21]

Directors Guild of America AwardEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2018 “Thanksgiving” (Master of None) Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series Nominated [22] [23]

Gold Derby AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2017 "Thanksgiving" (Master of None) Best Comedy Episode of the Year Won [24]

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2013 "We Found Love" (Rihanna with Calvin Harris) Best Music Video Won [25]
2017 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Best Music Video Won

Kinsale Shark Awards - Short Film and Music VideoEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2016 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Best International Director Music Video Won [26]
Best International Music Video Won

LIA AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2016 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Best Music Video Bronze [27]
Video Music Direction Bronze

MTV Video Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2012 "We Found Love" (Rihanna with Calvin Harris) Video of the Year Won [28]
2014 "Pretty Hurts" (Beyoncé) Best Direction Nominated [29]
2016 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Video of the Year Won [30]
Best Direction Won
Best Cinematography Won

Music Video Production AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2013 "Losing You" (Solange Knowles) Best Direction of a New Artist Won [31]
Best Direction of a Female Artist Won

NAACP Image AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2017 "Insecure as F**k" ("Insecure") Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Nominated [32]

National Board of Review AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2019 "Queen & Slim" Best Directorial Debut Won [33]

Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2019 "Queen & Slim" Best First Feature Nominated

Toronto Film Critics Association AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2019 "Queen & Slim" Best First Feature Nominated [34]

UK Music Video AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2008 "Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis) People Choice Awards Won [35]
2012 "We Found Love" (Rihanna and Calvin Harris) Best Pop Video – International Nominated [36]
2013 "Losing You" (Solange Knowles) Best Pop Video – International Won [37]
2016 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Best Urban Video - International Nominated
Best Styling in a Video Won

Webby AwardEdit

Year Nominee/work Category Result Ref.
2017 "Formation" (Beyoncé) Best Music Video - People Choice Won [38]
Best Music Video Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "Venus Zine: Melina Matsoukas" Venus Zine Fall 2010 Issue No. 44
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