(director), an award-winning director of film, television and
music videos, launched his feature career with 1996's Going
All The Way.
It was Pellington's unique directorial style in Going All The
Way, based on Dan Wakefield's novel and co-starring Ben Affleck
and Jeremy Davies, that prompted the ARLINGTON ROAD producers
to reteam with him on the thriller. Going All The Way premiered
at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and proved a hit. That same
year, Pellington created "Destination Anywhere," a short
film for MTV, starring Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Bon Jovi
and Kevin Bacon.
His distinctive work in television and music videos won him 1992
Best Director recognition at the Billboard Video Music Awards
for the Pearl Jam video "Jeremy," which proved one of
the most honored music videos of the year. It earned Pellington
four MTV Video Awards in 1993 including Best Director and Video
of the Year.
The New York-based Pellington is probably best known for his critically
acclaimed, groundbreaking work in television with his creation
of "Buzz," a 13-part global series of a non-linear collage
program he developed in partnership with MTV Europe producer/director
He began his career in MTV's On-Air Promotions department after
receiving a degree in Rhetoric at the University of Virginia in
1984. At MTV, he developed a series of short conceptual spots
before branching out as a freelance music video director.
Pellington has worked with performing artists as diverse as U2,
PM Dawn, Crystal Waters, Public Enemy and Alice in Chains. But
it was his work with INXS on "Beautiful Girls" that
garnered him a Grammy nomination and an opportunity to work on
"Red Hot & Blue," a landmark ABC AIDS special that
included such other top directors as Jonathan Demme, Wim Wenders
and Jim Jarmusch.
From there, he created the half-hour "In Your Face"
for PBS' "Alive From Off Center," later chosen as one
of six U.S. entries at the 1992 Input Festival. He collaborated
on the half-hour live action cartoon "Punch And Judy Get
Divorced" for the PBS series "Alive TV."
The following year, he created his most personal work: the 30-minute
television feature "Father's Daze," which dealt with
his own father's suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. The film
received rave responses at the Berlin, Montreal and Rotterdam
Pellington also created the five-part PBS series "The United
States of Poetry," a journey through the end of the century
by 72 poets.
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