Black Dog Chat: Tim Nackashi

05.09.2017 - Posted by : Emily

When it comes to making banging content, the director’s vision carries the project from beginning to end. That’s why we wanted to peel back the curtain and find out what makes our Black Dog Directors tick.

Playfully visual storyteller/ Director Tim Nackashi grew up in the not-really-Southern college-town of Gainesville, Florida, in blissful humidity and an exploding punk scene. He began a career in filmmaking when he moved Athens, Georgia and began work on a documentary called, “Dirty Work.” The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and garnered numerous awards at other fests. Tim made an easy transition into music videos and commercials and is currently working on his first feature film, Time is a Place, slated to shoot in Spring 2018.

Tim’s video for OK Go’s “WTF?” won a 2009 Webby Award. His video for TV On The Radio’s “Nine Types of Light” was nominated for a 2011 Grammy. And his video for Death Cab For Cutie’s “You Are A Tourist” which was the first ever, live, one-take music video was nominated for a 2011 VMA. His short documentary, “Through The Wall” won a 2016 IMAGEN Award. Tim has directed videos for a long list of artists including Maroon 5, Neon Indian, Sean Paul, Theophilus London, Young the Giant and many more.

Watch his most recent video for Missio “Middle Fingers” below, and stick around to learn more about our Director Tim Nackashi.

Favorite music video?

Today my favorite video of all time is Radiohead “Knives Out.” Not sure what it’ll be tomorrow.

Tell us one thing we don’t know about you.

I’m 50-50 of Irish and Iraqi descent, which is weird.

What is your favorite word in the English language?


Beatles or Stones?

Beatles. Non-sequitur pop-songs and surrealism are important to me.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover. I’m a child, I’m a mother.

What’s your hangover cure?

Prayers and a bloody mary.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Using imagery to communicate thoughts and feelings. I can’t believe I get to do this.

Favorite joke? 

You just made me realize that I don’t know any actual jokes! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’d better take a community ed class..

You’re stranded on a desert island, and you’ve got one book. What is it?

Probably Jon Krakauer’s “Into The Wild.” I’ve heard it’s great and I’d finally have time to read how it ends…

How do you stay sane at the airport?

Lately I create playlists for the airport part of my trip and I swear it turns the entire experience into a movie. Try it.

 What was your first/most embarrassing email address? — Can you believe I actually had an Earthlink address??

If you weren’t a Director what would you be?

The ruler of Yogurtland.

Draw a picture of yourself.

Here’s a drawing of me by my friend Renee that I’ll never be able to top…

We couldn’t top that either wow. Now you know a bit about our Director Tim Nackashi. Keep up with Tim’s latest work here.

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