EMILY KAI BOCK
After receiving a degree in fine art and while pursuing a second degree in film, Emily Kai Bock began making fun and irreverent music videos for her musician friends on the weekends. A video she made for her friend Grimes, for her track Oblivion, became a viral success, was nominated for a UKMVA Best Alternative Music Video award, and was screened in several international short film festivals, such as TIFF, the World Short Film Festival, LA Film Fest, and UK Encounters Short Film Festival.
Since that time, Emily has become a much sought-after music video director, working with such artists as Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, and Lorde. She was able to attend Sundance two years ago, for writing, directing, and editing a short documentary on the New York underground rap scene, called Spit Gold Under An Empire - made in partnership with Sundance TV and Nokia Music, and was screened at an off site venue during the Sundance film festival, as well as Sundance TV, Nowness, and SXSW. Her video for Arcade Fire's single Afterlife was nominated for an MTV Woodie award for Best Director and Video of The Year as well as winning the Prism Prize for best Canadian music video and a UKMVA for Best International Alternative video. For her latest video she collaborated with the artist Lorde, for her Golden Globe Nominated single off The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack, Yellow Flicker Beat. Emily has done advertising work for Coca-Cola, Vogue, Diesel and Coach.
During the 2014 New York Film Festival, Paul Thomas Anderson discussed and screened her work during his masterclass on filmmaking, citing her Grimes' Oblivion video as an influence on his film, Inherent Vice.