Corey's profile

Corey Hughes (b. 1992) is a Baltimore based director and cinematographer whose work exists in between narrative, documentary, and experimental forms. His work has premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam, SXSW, New York Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and Locarno Film Festival, where he was awarded the Pardi di Domani Special Jury Prize for the short film "Armageddon 2."

As a cinematographer, his credits include Theo Anthony’s 
"All Light, Everywhere" (Sundance Jury Award for Nonfiction Experimentation '21) & "Subject to Review" (NYFF '19, ESPN+) as well as Marnie Ellen Hertzler’s "Hi, I Need to Be Loved," "Dirt Daughter," & "Crestone" (True/False & SXSW '20).

He graduated with a B.F.A. in Film & Video Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has participated in international workshops and residencies including the Black Factory Cinema/EICTV 2017 Cuba Workshop, Berlinale Talents 2022, Robert W. Deutsch 2018 Baltimore Artist Retreat, and a 2021 MacDowell Fellowship. His work has been featured by Adult Swim, Criterion Channel, The Eyeslicer, D E E P, The Fader, No Budge, Kinoscope, and in galleries including Macao Milano, That That Gallery, and Blum & Poe (Los Angeles).

Artist Statement 
I seek to create uniquely digital images. Focusing on subjects that blur the line between real and virtual worlds; visually and thematically. Images that capture what it feels like to live in an increasingly hybridized world mediated by technologies we don’t fully understand or control. The subjects and characters in my films search for meaning in community, objects, and landscapes. My work employs humor, beauty, and surrealism as a gateway to explore deeper issues of spirituality, masculinity, hyper consumerism, technology, and surveillance. 

My artistic practice is rooted in collaboration, moving between film, music, and art worlds. Shifting roles (director, cinematographer, editor) based on the project and collaborators. A documentary feature film. A collaborative music video. An experimental short. I see each project as a branch of my larger artistic practice aimed at expanding the traditional ideas and structures of the filmmaking medium. 


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