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Tony Kaye

Born: January 11, 1946

Tony Kaye is a director of films, music videos, advertisements, and documentaries.


Kaye has made several iconic music videos, including the video for "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum, which won a Grammy Award; "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers; "What God Wants" by Roger Waters; and "Help Me" and "God s Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash. Kaye is a six-time Grammy nominated music video director. He won a Grammy in 2006 for the famous Johnny Cash video God s Gonna Cut You Down with cameo appearances by Bono, Johnny Depp, Kanye West, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Iggy Pop, The Dixie Chicks, Brian Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Keith Richards, Chris Martin, Sharon Stone, Lisa Marie Presley, Flea, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Sir Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Mick Jones, Jay-Z. 

His feature film debut was American History X (1998), a drama about racism starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. Norton was later nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film. Kaye has completed his second feature film, Black Water Transit (2010) starring Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban, Evan Ross, Brittany Snow, and Stephen Dorff. Kaye is currently in pre-production on the film Detachment (2011). A surrealist drama about the decline of the education system in American high schools. Kaye also has a book of his artwork called "Epicomedy" being published by Phaidon Press. Kaye has made several documentaries, including a self-financed film on the abortion debate in the United States called Lake of Fire, which opened in Toronto to astounding reviews in September 2006. Lake of Fire made the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences short-list for Best Documentary Film. It was also nominated for Best Documentary Film at The Independent Spirit Awards, Chicago Film Critic Association Awards, and the Satellite Awards. He also directed the web short This Is Not Sex, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. 

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Detachment (2011)

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Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment. A perfect profession for one seeking to hide out in the open. One day Henry arrives at his next assignment. Upon his entry into this particular school, a secret world of emotion is awakened within him by three women. A girl named Meredith in his first period. A fellow teacher Ms. Madison, and a street hooker named Erica, whom Henry has personally granted brief shelter from the streets. Each one of these women, like Henry, are in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.

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American History X (1998)

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| 119 Min

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.

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