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MARK PELLINGTON is a filmmaker based in New York City and Los Angeles. A
native of Baltimore, Pellington attended the University of Virginia where in
1984 he earned a B.A. in Rhetoric. Upon graduation he joined MTV's award winning
On-Air Promotions Department where he developed a series of short conceptual
spots combining and editing original live action footage with sound/image/text
juxtaposition. This technique became a primary focus of Pellington's work.
While at MTV Pellington branched out as a freelance music video director
completing clips for Information Society, Malcolm McLaren, and De La Soul among
others. He also ventured into the art world, collaborating in text image pieces
with New York gallery artist Jenny Holzer.
In 1988 Pellington developed an idea for non-linear collage program. Created
in partnership with MTV Europe producer/director Jon Klein, "Buzz" was
an ambitious thirteen-part global series commissioned by MTV and channel 4 (UK).
Hailed by critics as ground-breaking adventurous television, "Buzz"
was the logical culmination of Pellington's MTV career.
Upon completing "Buzz" Pellington refined his unique personal
vision through a distinct series of TV and video projects. He is internationally
recognized as one of the top music video directors. His clip for Pearl Jam's
"Jeremy" is one of the most popular in history, as well as one of the
most honored; he was named Best Director at the 1992 Billboard Video Music
Awards, and the clip picked up four 1993 MTV Video Music Awards including Best
Director and Video of the Year.
His clips for such noted rock, pop and rap performers as U2, PM Dawn, Crystal
Waters, Public Enemy and Alice in Chains form a serious and much-imitated body
of work. A piece for INXS entitled "Beautiful Girl," is a provocative
visual essay on the female body which earned a Grammy nomination. With his video
for the Jungle Brothers' "I Get A Kick Out Of You," Pellington joined
Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmush and Jonathan Demme as one of the elite group of
directors chosen for "Red, Hot and Blue," a landmark AIDS special
shown on ABC and later released as a home video.
Pellington brought his commentary on television and distinctive media
manipulation techniques to large stadiums around the world when he created the
multi-screen image environment for U2's highly acclaimed "Zoo TV"
He also served as creative director on an experimental multi-media project
for the Spanish exhibition at World Expo '92 in Seville, Spain. "The Memory
Palace" is a five-screen live-action film evocation of cyberspace made in
collaboration with science fiction writer Williams Gibson, Spanish performance
group La Fura Dels Baus, "Buzz" director Mark Neale, artist Julia
Heyward and musicians Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel.
Outside the music field, Pellington has further developed his eye for
documentary and narrative. "Words In Your Face," a half hour film he
created for PBS's prestigious series "Alive From off Center,"
anticipated the current mania for spoken word poetry with high-energy
precognition. A half-hour television poem, "Words" featured John
Leguizamo, KRS-ONE and Henry Rollins, and was chosen as one of six U. S. entries
at the 1992 input festival.
He also collaborated with Obie-award winning director David Gordon and music
producer Hal Willner on a half-hour live action cartoon called "Punch and
Judy Get Divorced" for the PBS series "Alive TV."
Pelligton's views about filmmaking took a profound turn in 1993 when he
created his personal work to date, a 30-minute film for PBS called
"Father's Daze," in which the director comes to terms with his own
father's suffering from Alzheimer's disease. This intense, impressionistic
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