Jersey Village High School c/o 1990
Music video director - U2, Brittney Spears, Sisqo, Moby, DMX, Backstreet Boys, Eminem,Destiny
BiographyDirector Joseph Kahn was raised in the suburbs of Houston, Texas where his parents moved in the calculation of enrolling him in the area's prestigious medical schools.
However, the young Kahn quickly degenerated into a comic book junkie, television/movie addict, and overall pop culture sponge. Derailing any hopes of a proper job, he began his directing career in his teens, shooting skateboarding videos of his friends while working as a popcorn concessionaire, grocery store auditor (can counter), and hotel front desk clerk to help fund these projects. He eventually enrolled at NYU where after a year and a half into school, he dropped out to embrace the emerging market of hip hop videos.
Within two years Kahn executed dozens of low budget videos where he served as a one man army, acting as his own cinematgrapher, editor, and production designer. During this time, he developed his self taught filmmaking skills that would launch him to the forefront of a new generation of emerging directors.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1995, Kahn became highly sought in the music video industry, eventually working with diverse artists such as: U2, The Chemical Brothers, Blink 182, Eminem, DMX, Wu-Tang Clan, Sugar Ray, TLC, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Aerosmith, Faith Hill, Moby, Nelly, Justin Timberlake, George Michael, Busta Ryhmes, Garbage, Korn, Janet Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, Destiny's Child, and many more.
Today he is credited with single handedly launching the careers of many of his artists, and has collected multiple Music Video Production awards. He has won several MTV Music Video Awards with nominations for best video for Brandy & Monica "The Boy is Mine", and Brintey Spears "Toxic." In 2002 he won his first Grammy for Eminem's "Without Me" video which also won the MTV VMA's Best Video of the Year, as well as Best Director.
In 1999, he started his own production company, Supermega, which is now housed under HSI Productions. He has directed commercials for Vodafone, Miller, Target, Coors Light, Nascar, and Playstation. Most recently with British Telecom, Kahn launched one of the most expensive and aggressive campaigns ever produced in England. The spot made national headlines in the UK his spot launched the 26 million pound corporate campaign. Meanwhile, his Fox/Nascar campaign won a 2004 Clio for visual effects.
In 2003, he made his feature film debut with the Warner Brothers tongue in-cheek action film TORQUE. Starring Martin Henderson and Ice Cube, the guilty pleasure motorcycle movie was a modern riff on Roger Corman popcorn flicks.
Said Kenneth Turan of the Los Angles Times: "The irony is that for pure cinematic artistry it arguably outdistances some of the more prestigious current offerings. It is a very knowing venture, marking the feature debut of music video veteran Joseph Kahn."
Kahn currently resides in Los Angeles.