Film Festival Previews

TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director Joseph Khan

The Toronto International Film Festival  (TIFF) has the unique distinction of both celebrating new filmmakers as well as being the traditional platform to kick off established Hollywood’s seemingly endless awards season. As an attendee in 2017 you can take in major releases like George Clooney’s Suburbicon (good luck getting a ticket) as well as edgier fare such as the 20 year old Midnight Madness program that has a reputation for mixing genres and styles by emerging and slightly more established artists.

New Machine’s Ana Stefanovic writes about the 11 filmmakers being showcased as part of the Midnight Madness section, with this article featuring Joseph Kahn (pictured).

TIFF runs from September 7 to 17. Click here for the full lineup.

Joseph Kahn – ‘Bodied’

Country: Canada

Synopsis: A progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession.

Bodied is the latest feature from American director Joseph Kahn. Born in South Korea, Joseph emigrated to the US where he later dropped out of the famed NYU Tisch film school to direct low budget music videos for emerging rap artists. As of today, he has worked with some of the biggest music artists in the business, including Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, Lady Gaga and Eminem, earning a couple of Grammy Awards along the way  His debut feature Torque (2004), set in the world of underground motorcycle racing starred Ice Cube and Martin Henderson. Joseph’s follow up feature, the satirical horror Detention, was self-financed after Torque’s disappointing box office results (the film actually was well received but its high $40 million production budget meant it struggled to earn a return). Detention premiered at SXSW in 2011 and went on to a successful film festival run notching up nominations and wins at SXSW, London’s Frightfest and the Seattle International Film Festival.   

See Joseph’s full list of credits on IMDB.

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