ABOUT /

"No art form captures the fragility and authenticity of life quite like photography and filmmaking and Malia James’ work can be seen as an unpretentious celebration of the fullness of love in its most universal form. Recording her life and the life of the people around her, the American artist opens up an intense narrative based around the sense of intimacy, tenderness and vulnerability of human experience." 

 

Malia James has lived the kind of life normally watched in movies or read about in novels. Her artistic pursuits began early, making movies with her barbies, and being the youngest person at her school to direct a play, a teenager proclaiming she was going to be the next Annie Lebowitz. In her twenties, she moved to London on a whim. She spent most of her post-adolescent life living on the road, touring the world as a photographer, then as the bassist of acclaimed bands like Dum Dum Girls and Marnie Stern, all the while capturing moments and creating ideas, before finding her way back to her original goal of directing.

 

Her on-screen stories are a product of her own adventurous life lived without abandon. This attuned perspective has led Malia to become a top choice among artists, leading Malia to direct music videos for Halsey, MØ, Troye Sivan, Dev Hynes, and Alesia Cara among many others. Her background in music and performance allows her to see eye-to-eye with artists, and direct with a hands-on approach. Her fluid directing style blends a relaxed demeanor with high attention to detail, and her passion to direct is evident on every set, setting the room at ease while establishing a creative, energized atmosphere.

 

Clients are drawn to her work because of her ability to capture realness in her subjects, stories, and locations, proving success with a roster of commercial clients that includes Adidas, Sephora, Converse, and Mailchimp. Her background touring the world has made her uniquely capable to work on the road and shoot anywhere, and Malia’s moments feel believable and authentic, portraying visceral emotions through her love of beautiful lighting, bold color and compelling compositions. Her work consistently captures the optimism, hope, beauty, and pain of life, tapping into intense feelings, and sharing them on screen with an assured confidence.


 

CONTACT /

 

Me@maliajames.com

 

Music Video Representation: 

Jamie Kohn at Lark Creative (US) : jamie@larkcreative.tv

Joceline Grabriel (UK) Joceline@jocelinegabriel.com

 

Instagram: malia_james



Site by East of Western

 

 

CLIENT LIST /

  • Adidas
  • Budweiser
  • Converse
  • Marlboro
  • LA Eyeworks
  • Levis
  • Linus
  • Fender
  • Sephora
  • Veda
  • Net A Porter
  • Vogue CFDA
  • Mailchimp

EXHIBITIONS /

2014:
"Everywhere and Nowhere in Between" with Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) at Space Gallery
 
2013:
THIS FRIENDS 4 at THIS Gallery
 
 
2012:
Billabong Design For Humanity at Paramount Studios
 
THIS FRIENDS 2 at THIS Gallery
 
"Dust" w/ Ana Kras, Emma Garr, Lauren Ward, Julia Brokaw, ALia Penner, Jimi Franklin. 
  
 
2011:
"Twin Infinities" at Nomad Gallery
 
Curated by Rich Jacobs with Chris Duncan, Sean Greene, Karoline Collins, Calef Brown, Sam James Velde, Rich Jacobs, Sandy Yang, Billy Sprague, Mike Sutfin, Ryan Patterson, Damon Robinson, Cynthia Connolly, Jeff Coad, Bert Queiroz, Ben Clark, Jordin Isip, Melinda Beck, James Gallagher, Matt Leines, Tim Kerr, Chris Johanson, Pat Graham, Chrissy Piper, Clint Woodside, James Ross, Sonny Kay, Jason Farrell, Ross Farrar, Josh Turner, Atiba Jefferson, Cali Dewitt, Mark McCoy, Nina Hartman, Otis Bee, Lee Spielman, James Wall, Malia James, Magdelena Wosinka, Jim Brown, David Pajo, Bill Daniel, Chris Shary, Brian Walsby, Rick Froberg
 
2010: 
"Videothing"  at The Strange 
 
2005
OBEY at Studio Number One

PRESS /

NIXON USA :FEATURE
FILTER MAGAZINE: FEATURE
THE LAB MAGAZINE INTERVIEW BY DEV HYNES (BLOOD ORANGE)
REKWIRED INTERVIEW
IMVDB INTERVIEW
LDWT INTERVIEW
SPATZIBA POP INTERVIEW
Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman's Bright White Underground Model
NOWNESS FEATURE: JUSTIN LOWE AND JONAH FREEMAN Model
FLAUNT FEATURE: JUSTIN LOWE AND JONAH FREEMAN Flaunt Feature, model
SPIN: BRMC
NPR: BINKI SHAPIRO AND ADAM GREEN VIDEO