Melina Matsoukas


Melina Matsoukas On Bringing Back MTV's Moving Logo

Melina Matsoukas is paving the way for her community, one project at a time. The Bronx-born director began her career in 2006, creating videos for pop titans like Ludacris, Neyo, Eve, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Solange, and Beyoncé. All the while, she quietly shaped pop-culture, and created spaces to celebrate Blackness in mainstream media.
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LaKeith Stanfield To Star In ‘The Changeling’ Apple TV+ Drama Series From Kelly Marcel & Annapurna; Melina Matsoukas To Direct

Apple TV+ has confirmed a series order for The Changeling, a drama based on Victor LaValle’s best-selling book of the same name, with LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Judas and The Black Messiah) set to star. Kelly Marcel (Cruella, Venom) wrote the adaptation and serves as showrunner. Queen & Slim helmer and Insecure alum Melina Matsoukas will direct. The Changeling, from Annapurna and Apple Studios, is a fairytale for grown-ups. A horror story, a parenthood fable and a perilous odyssey through a New York City you didn’t know existed. In the LaVelle’s book, when Apollo — the role that Stanfield will be playing —...

Bottega Veneta Celebrates the Cinematic Brilliance of Melina Matsoukas

Melina Matsoukas’ lush cinematography has gripped audiences in commercials, museum galleries, and movie theaters. The director, who lent her zeitgeist-capturing eye to music videos including Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” Solange’s “Losing You,” and Beyoncé’s “Formation,” counts two Grammys, four MTV Video Music Awards, and a Cannes Grand Prix among her accolades. In recent years Matsoukas has tried her hand at longer projects, helming episodes of Aziz Ansari‘s Master of None and Issa Rae’s Insecure, and premiering her debut feature film, Queen & Slim, which brought home the BET Award for Best Movie (along with a slew of other nominations) last year.
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Melina Matsoukas, Howard University and Instagram Team on 'Future First' Reels Challenge

During Black History Month, Instagram has been highlighting and promoting short-form content as part of its years-long #ShareBlackStories initiative. The platform is taking it a step further by enlisting Queen & Slim filmmaker Melina Matsoukas and the talent from Howard University for a new program, Instagram x Share Black Stories “Future First” Reels Challenge.

Regina King and Melina Matsoukas – Directors on Directors (Full Conversation)

In conversation for Variety’s “Directors on Directors” series, Regina King and “Queen and Slim” director Melina Matsoukas share how their make-it-work attitudes have paid dividends as they crafted their feature directorial debuts. “When you’re in it, I really feel like it’s a mental war. You’re fighting for every shot, for...

Black Excellence: Director Melina Matsoukas Partners With HU & Instagram To Amplify Black Storytellers

Award-winning film and music director Melina Matsoukas partnered with Howard University and Instagram to amplify and support the stories of aspiring Black storytellers through Instagram’s Share Black Stories “Future First” reels challenge. The program launched today featuring selected emerging student storytellers from Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film.

‘Queen & Slim’ Director Melina Matsoukas Partners With Howard University To Highlight Black Storytellers

Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas is joining forces with Howard University to uplift the voices of Black storytellers. According to Deadline, Matsoukas and Howard University launched Instagram x Share Black Stories “Future First” Reels Challenge. The program will “feature selected emerging student storytellers from the Howard University Department of Media, Journalism and Film, each of whom will receive a $10,000 production stipend to support costs associated with the creation of their work.”

Regina King and Melina Matsoukas on Visualizing Vulnerability and Celebrating Black Men

“One Night in Miami” director Regina King carries a jump rope to set, keeping it in her backpack until those particularly tense moments when everything goes haywire behind the scenes — like when an actor needs a pep talk, the crew has a tech issue or the weather shuts down production. In these instances, the filmmaker breaks out the jump rope for a two-minute surge of oxygen to keep her head in the game.