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 work.
A third generation filmmaker in his family, Ace grew up on movie sets. When he was just seven years old, his dad let him say, “Action!” and an entire Vietnamese village blew up. He was immediately hooked.
He would spend most of his childhood making films, and by the end of his high school career, he had written and directed over two hundred shorts. Ace attended the University of Southern California in their film production program, and shortly after graduating, started a small production company out of his house with a number of his closest film school friends called, Commondeer.
Since then, Ace has directed over eighty music videos, television commercials, and short films. His prolific body of work includes campaigns for Honda, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Gap, Dolby, T-Mobile 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, Nylon, Interview, Anthem, Boards, Promo magazine and numerous others. 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.
*Vimus Music Video Awards Winner- Video of the Year- Simian Mobile Disco “Hustler”
*2008 MVPA nomination- “Director of the Year”
*AICP Award Winner- Honda Hybrid “Ecosystems”
*Videostatic’s “25 Best Videos of the Year”- Foster the People “Call it What you Want”
*NME “100 Greatest Music Videos of All Time”- Simian Mobile Disco “Hustler”
*LA Film Festival Winner- “Cherry Coke Rage”
*GRAMMY nomination- “Best Music Video, Long Form”-“Directions”
*Teddybears “Cobrastyle”- Videostatic’s #3 video of the year
*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”