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Ace Norton (yes, that’s his real name) is an artist and filmmaker born and raised in Venice, California. Ace creates visuals on a variety of media platforms including music video, advertising, fashion, and film. He also draws, sculpts and is frequently commissioned for his installation and photography work.

A third generation filmmaker in his family, Ace would spend most of his childhood making films and by the end of his high school career, he had written and directed dozens of shorts. Ace attended the University of Southern California in their film production program, and shortly after started a small production company out of his garage with a number of his closest film school friends called, Commondeer, then shortly thereafter signed to Partizan.

Since then, Ace has directed over eighty music videos, television commercials, fashion short, and short films. His prolific body of work includes campaigns for Honda, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Samsung, Nissan, Gap, Mercedes, Dolby, T-Mobile, House of Fraser, and Vans, as well as music videos for Foster the People, Jennifer Lopez, Death Cab for Cutie, Scissor Sisters, Norah Jones, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco, Regina Spektor, Aesop Rock and Sebastien Tellier.  Ace’s work has been featured in the L.A. Times, The Huffington Post, Nowness, Nylon, Interview, Anthem, Boards, Promo magazine and numerous others.  Highsnobiety regarded him as one of the "Best 10 Directors Working Today".  He won Best Film and Best Director at the Milan Fashion Film Festival as well of a slew of others at Berlin and La Jolla. He was nominated for “Director of the Year” at the MVPA for his video “Hustler,” by Simian Mobile Disco. This also won “Video of the Year” at the ViMus Music Video Awards and is listed as one of the “Top 100 Music Videos of All Time” by NME.  His work for Death Cab for Cutie was nominated for a Grammy. His films and videos have also been shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival, SXSW, and festivals in Berlin, Venice, Japan, and England. Ace has served as the president of the jury at the Off Film Festival in Venice, Italy and was a keynote speaker at both LAMVF and in Berlin.  Ace loves to surf, loves to cook, and loves to solicit his best friends to write his biographies for him...



*Best Fashion Advert- 2015 Australian Fashion Film Festival- "The New Sovereignty"

*Best Film, Best Director, Best Production Design- Milan Fashion Film Festival- "The Purgatory of Monotony"

*Best Creative Concept, Best Actress- International Fashion Film Awards- "The Purgatory of Monotony"

*Gold- Best Fashion. Gold- Best Production Design. Silver- Best Actress. Silver- Best Editing. Bronze- Best Idea- Berlin Fashion Film Festival- "The Purgatory of Monotony"

*Best Fashion- 2015 Berlin Fashion Film Festival & International Fashion Film Festival- "The New Sovereignty"

*Vimus Music Video Awards Winner- Video of the Year- Simian Mobile Disco “Hustler”

*2008 MVPA nomination- “Director of the Year”

*NME “100 Greatest Music Videos of All Time”- Simian Mobile Disco “Hustler”

*AICP Award Winner- Honda Hybrid “Ecosystems”

*Videostatic’s “25 Best Videos of the Year”- Foster the People “Call it What you Want”

*LA Film Festival Winner- “Cherry Coke Rage”

*GRAMMY nomination- “Best Music Video, Long Form”-”Directions”

*Teddybears “Cobrastyle”-  Videostatic’s #3 video of the yearafds

*Pitchfork’s “Top 40 Videos of the Year”- The Mountain Goats “Sax Rhomer #1″

*Pitchfork’s “Top 40 Videos of the Year”- She and Him “Why do you let me stay here”

*NME “Top 50 Videos of the Year”- Darwin Deez “Radar Detector”

*NME “Top 50 Videos of the Year”- Sebastien Tellier “Divine”

*Paste Magazine’s “Best 25 Videos of the Year”- Norah Jones “Sinkin’ Soon” 

*Paste Magazine’s “Best 25 Videos of the Year”- She and Him “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here”

*MVPA nomination- “Best Animated Video”- Death Cab for Cutie “Someday You Will be Loved”

*MVPA nomination- “Best Direction of a Female Artist”- Norah Jones “Thinking About You”

*MVPA nomination- “Best Electronic Video”- Simian Mobile Disco “Hustler

*MVPA nomination- “Best Art Direction”- Norah Jones “Thinking about you”

*Antville Video Awards nomination- “Best Art Direction”- Scissor Sisters “Any Which Way”