Ray Tintori

Published May 26, 2009 by Graham

Ray Tintori

24-year-old filmmaker Ray Tintori is a rising star in the music video world. He’s quickly gained a reputation for having a unique and visually compelling style thanks to last year’s psychedelic MGMT video, “Time to Pretend,” and the beautifully glitchy celebration of compression artifacts that is Chairlift’s “Evident Utensil.” But before he started his music video career, Tintori produced a pair of ridiculously fun short films as an undergraduate student in college.

Forming a tight diptych of short cinema, “Death To The Tinman,” and “Jettison Your Loved Ones” both employ a nostalgic black and white aesthetic, exhilarating rushed narration and over-the-top deadpan to great effect. While he wears his influences on his sleeve (most obviously, Guy Maddin and Wes Anderson), Tintori manages to go beyond mere hero-worshipy emulation and produces work that feel like it’s building upon those directors’ work rather than copying it. Check out the L. Frank Baum-inspired “Death to the Tinman,” below– I dare you not to enjoy it.

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7 comments so far

  1. gordon hendrick says:

    i blogged about tintori for a class assignment, ha!


  2. I just want to notify that I can’t watch VEOH videos because I live en Chile. Isn’t that unfair?

  3. Evan says:

    It’s TINTORI. Not Tinori. Great short. Love his video work. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. brantley says:

    you’re right. this is pretty hard not to enjoy. nice find.

  5. DavidLang says:

    great post. lovely work

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