Mark Pellington on living in quarantine


Living in quarantine has changed the way filmmakers are working and communicating with others. Mark Pellington is one of the pioneers of music videos with a long list of credits in both feature films and music videos. Mark, a legendary of his field, is a humble and wonderful artist and a great human being. In the following video Marks Pellington tells us about living and working in quarantine.

Mark Pellington was born in 1962. He 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 U2Crystal WatersDe 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 WeiszArlington 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 ChainsDemi LovatoImagine DragonsFoo FightersNine Inch NailsCage the ElephantLinkin ParkEchosmithThe FrayDave MatthewsMichael JacksonPublic EnemyMobyFlaming LipsDamian MarleyChelsea 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 BlindspotRed 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), Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried,

Nostalgia(2018) Jon HammEllen BurstynCatherine Keener and Bruce Dern

Survive (2020) with Sophie Turner .


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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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