In Conversation With...Director X

Thu
Jan 19
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Internationally renowned music-video master Director X joins Cameron Bailey for a look back at his career, from his formative days in Toronto's 1990s hip-hop scene to his current position as go-to director for some of music's biggest names.

One of the most prolific music video directors working today, Toronto-born Director X has created innovative, career-defining videos for such artists as Drake (including the massive "Hotline Bling," "Started from the Bottom," and the award-winning "Worst Behaviour"), Rihanna (namely her 2016 smash "Work"), Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Aaliyah, Nelly Furtado, and Sean Paul. He has received numerous MTV, BET, and MuchMusic awards and nominations, and owns his own fashion label, X Fit. X made his feature directorial debut in 2015 with Across the Line, a drama about a young Black hockey player (2015 TIFF Rising Star Stephan James) navigating racial divides in small-town Nova Scotia, which won Best Atlantic Feature at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.

TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey joins X for a career-spanning conversation about the filmmaker's early education in the burgeoning 1990s Toronto hip-hop scene under the guidance of Maestro, Kardinal Offishall, and US rap-video giant Hype Williams, to his eventual role in shaping international hip-hop and pop culture as we know it today.

Originaire de Toronto, Director X figure parmi les réalisateurs de vidéoclips les plus prolifiques actuellement. Tout au long de sa carrière, il a su créer des œuvres marquantes pour des artistes tels que Drake (y compris la bombe" Hotline Bling ", " Started from the Bottom " et le clip primé" Worst Behaviour "), Rihanna (soit son succès de 2016 " Work "), Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Aaliyah, Nelly Furtado, et Sean Paul. Il a reçu de nombreux prix et nominations de MTV, BET et MuchMusic, en plus de posséder sa propremarque de mode, X Fit. En 2015, le réalisateur a signé son premier long métrage, Across the Line, un drame centré sur un jeune hockeyeur de race noire (Stephan James, nommé " Rising Star " au TIFF en 2015). Son film traitantdesclivages raciaux dans les petites villes de la Nouvelle-Écosse s'est mérité le prix Best Atlantic Feature au Atlantic Film Festival d'Halifax.

Le directeur artistique du TIFF, Cameron Bailey, réalise avec X un entretien portant sur l'entièreté de sa carrière. Ensemble, ils discutent de de ses apprentissages de jeunesse sur la scène hip-hop de Toronto des années 1990, sous la houlette de Maestro, de Kardinal Offishall et de Hype Williams, géant américain des clips de rap. Ils abordent aussi la façondont Xen est venu à façonner laculture hip-hop et pop internationale telle qu'on la connaît aujourd'hui.

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