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Gigi Ben Artzi
Gigi Ben Artzi during an interview.jpg Gigi Ben Artzi during an interview.jpg
Ben Artzi in 2016
Bornגיגי בן ארצי
ResidenceNew York City
Nationality
OccupationDirector, Producer, Screenwriter
Years active  2014-current
Websitehttps://gigibenartzi.com

Gigi Ben Artzi (Hebrew: גיגי בן ארצי) is a New York-based director, screenwriter, musician, and photographer. He is best known for his narrative short film (American Film Institute nominee) E.W.A, and renowned video project Downtown Divas, where he conducted a series of interviews with female drug addicts about their realities and ambitions. Both projects were shot on 16mm film. His work includes videos for artists such as Future, Meek Mill, Paris Hilton, Saint Jhn and Suki Waterhouse.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Career[edit]

Photography[edit]

In the late 2000s, while he was in his mid-twenties, Gigi established a career as a fashion photographer, a trait he holds to this day. His photography work has appeared in publications world-wide such as P-Magazine, Metro, NYLON Magazine, Juxtapoz and others.[17][3][18][19][5]

Tiger Love[edit]

In the early 2010s, he and his brother, Roy Ben Artzi, formed the band "Tiger Love". Gigi played bass, while his brother Roy played guitar and was the lead vocalist. The band's song "Pussy Cocaine" released in 2010 reportedly received hundreds of thousands of views and even made it to the top ten of the Hype Machine Music Chart. They have shared a stage with artists such as The Pet Shop Boys and Mark Ronson and were featured in The Guardian, Paper magazine and Fred Perry.[20][21][22][23][24][24][25][26][27][28]

In 2011, "Tiger Love" appeared at the Lowlands Music Festival in the Netherlands with The Arctic Monkeys.[29]

In 2016, they released their single "Space in Space".[30][31]

Video direction[edit]

In 2015, Gigi turned to directing music videos, video shorts and commercials. In his video project, "Downtown Divas", he conducted a series of interviews with female drug addicts about their realities and ambitions. In his short "Fashionable Animals", models are interviewed about their favorite animals.[32][33][34]

In 2016, he directed a live action short entitled "E.W.A." about a teenage girl who is suffering from a condition of a constant nose bleed while exploring different aspects of her life and the people around her. The film was nominated in the "Live Action Short Film" category by the American Film Institute.[35]

In 2017, he directed the video for Tiger Love's track entitled "Space in Space". The video featured model and Instagram sensation Aliyah Galyautdinova who is seen sexually pleasuring herself.[30][31]

In 2018, he directed Yonatan Gat's "Cue The Machines" and "Medicine". That same year he and his brother, Roy, directed "Pop & Suki" which featured models Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie in a staged 'behind the scenes' fashion photo shoot done in a 1960s style. The video earned the "Official Selection" for direction at the L.A. Fashion Film Festival.[36][37][38]

In 2019, he directed Future's "100 Shooters" video which featured Meek Mill & Doe Boy. He also directed Saint Jhn's video "Trap" which featured Lil Baby. That same year, he directed Paris Hilton in "That's Hot", a three minute short in which the hotel heiress is portrayed as a weather girl commenting on current events while declaring them "Hot" or "Not".[9][39][13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credited as
Director Writer Notes
2019 100 Shooters / Future [40] ft. Meek Mill, Doe Boy Yes Music Video
"WHAT'S HOT WEATHER" / Paris Hilton Yes Content Video
"Trap" ft. Lil Baby / Saint Jhn Yes Music Video
2018 Pop & Suki Yes Yes Commercial
Medicine / Yonatan Gat [37] Yes Music Video
Cue The Machines / Yonatan Gat [36] Yes Music Video
2017 Space in Space [41] [42] Yes Music Video
2016 E.W.A [35] Yes Yes Short Film
2015 Fashionable Animals [32] Yes Yes Commercial
Downtown Divas [33] [34] Yes Documentary

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Film Status
2019 L.A. Fashion Film Festival - Direction Pop & Suki [38] Won
2016 AFI E.W.A [1] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "E.W.A". AFI. November 10, 2016.
  2. "NOWNESS Shorts: E.W.A". Nowness. July 28, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Goorwich, Siam (6 November 2014). "Artists dress Russian prostitutes in designer clothes for Downtown Divas project". Metro. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. "Prostytutki i narkomanki w ubraniach od LV". Fakt24. November 10, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "video and photos: Downtown Divas (NSFW)". Juxtapoz. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  6. "Downtown Divas by Gigi Ben Artzi and Loral Amir". Ignant. November 4, 2014.
  7. "Heroinómanas que por momentos podem sonhar". Publico. November 7, 2014.
  8. "FASHIONABLE ANIMAL FOR ELLE SASSON BY GIGI BEN ARTZI". Purple Diary. May 5, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Future, Meek Mill & Doe Boy Flex Hard in '100 Shooters' Video". Billboard. August 22, 2019.
  10. "Watch Future, Meek Mill, Doe Boy Take Over Strange Mansion in New '100 Shooters' Video". Rolling Stone. August 22, 2019.
  11. "Future, Meek Mill & Doe Boy Reconnect for New "100 Shooters" Visual". HypeBeast. August 22, 2019.
  12. "Future Shares New Video for "100 Shooters" f/ Meek Mill and Doe Boy". Complex. August 23, 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ong, Jyni (July 15, 2019). "Paris Hilton gives us the lowdown on where in the world is particularly hot". It's Nice That.
  14. "Paris Hilton's Semaine". Semaine. August 23, 2019.
  15. "Pop & Suki". Nowness. September 20, 2018.
  16. "Pop & Suki". Schön! Magazine. September 20, 2018.
  17. "aliyah galyautdinova by gigi ben artzi for p magazine". P-Magazine. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  18. "ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: GIGI BEN ARTZI". RektMag. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  19. GORE, SYDNEY (4 July 2016). "TK And Cipriana Quann Team Up With Elle Sasson For The Collection Of Your Dreams". NYLON Magazine. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  20. Polonski, Alex (21 October 2010). "Way of the Tiger [דרך הנמר]" (in עברית). Reshet. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  21. Ben Nun, Sagi (17 August 2011). "Three Beautiful Men: Interview with Tiger Love [שלושה גברים יפים: ראיון עם טייגר לאב]" (in עברית). Makor Rishon. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  22. Pen, Lea (25 October 2010). "Loud Discovery: Tiger Love Going Far With The Pose [גילוי מרעיש: "טייגר לאב" הולכים רחוק עם הפוזה]" (in עברית). Haaretz. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  23. Pussy Cocaine on YouTube
  24. 24.0 24.1 Lester, Paul (15 August 2012). "New band of the day - Tiger Love". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  25. Toop, Simon (9 August 2011). "Tiger Love Channeled Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll at SoHo House". Paper Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  26. "TIGER LOVE". Fred Perry. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  27. Bilu, Elad (13 July 2011). "Tiger Love to Open for Mark Ronson [טייגר לאב יפתחו את ההופעה של מארק רונסון]" (in עברית). Haaretz. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  28. Nevo, Asaf (12 June 2013). "Opening for The Pet Shop Boys: Tiger Love [החימום לפט שופ בויז: טייגר לאב]" (in עברית). Mako. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  29. Shif, Einav (25 August 2011). "Tiger Love: Love in the myth of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll - Special Interview [Tiger Love: החיים במיתוס של סקס, סמים ורוקנרול - ראיון מיוחד]" (in עברית). Walla!. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Munkonge, Mandalena (13 June 2016). "Space in Space: Tiger Love and Aliyah Interview". KALTBLUT Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Martin, Bronte (18 May 2016). "Watch Tiger Love's super sexy (NSFW) video for "Space In Space"". Earmilk. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  32. 32.0 32.1 "Fashionable Animals". Nowness. February 21, 2017.
  33. 33.0 33.1 "Šílenost, jakou musíte vidět: Podívejte se na portréty zfetovaných ruských prostitutek v oblečení od slavných designérů!". Extra. December 15, 2014.
  34. 34.0 34.1 "Moda: polémica producción con prostitutas rusas adictas a la heroína". Vos. November 10, 2014.
  35. 35.0 35.1 "E.W.A". IMDB. April 23, 2016.
  36. 36.0 36.1 BOILEN, BOB (May 4, 2018). "Watch The Incredible, Unforgettable Chaos Of Yonatan Gat". NPR.
  37. 37.0 37.1 "Yonatan Gat: Medicine (feat. Eastern Medicine Singers)". Nowness. April 4, 2018.
  38. 38.0 38.1 "POP X SUKI". L.A. Fashion Film Festival. September 20, 2019.
  39. SAINt JHN - "Trap" ft. Lil Baby (Official Music Video) on YouTube
  40. "Future & Meek Mill Drop "100 Shooters" Video Before Heading Out on Tour". HIGHSNOBIETY. August 23, 2019.
  41. "Space In Space (Explicit)". Nowness. February 20, 2017.
  42. "Watch Tiger Love's new NFSW video 'Space in Space'". The 405. May 19, 2016.

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