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Andy Capper
Born (1973-02-14) February 14, 1973 (age 48)
NationalityBritish
OccupationDirector / Journalist
TitlePresident, Happy Now Film

Andrew Richard Capper (born February 14, 1973) is a British Los Angeles-based director / journalist and former editor and executive producer at Vice Media. In 2018 he founded Happy Now Film. [1]

Career

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Capper's career in journalism started at age 17, reporting on local newspapers in the North West of England. He moved to London at age 25 and started working with the New Musical Express. After a brief period editing Bizarre Magazine, Capper met Shane Smith of Vice Media and introduced him to Andrew Creighton. Capper then started the UK division of Vice with Creighton. From 2002 to November 2017, Capper was Senior Director / Producer / Editor at Vice Media LLC, creating series' such as Rule Britannia (TV series) as well co-producing two seasons of the six-part Vice.com series Fashion Week Internationale which later became known as States Of Undress on the VICELAND TV network. In 2014, he created the Vice.com series' Weediquette and The Real, and was awarded an Emmy for segments he produced for Vice's show on the HBO network. Capper was the Executive Producer and Director of the show award-winning Noisey, and a two-season series on the VICELAND TV network which featured artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Diplo, Chief Keef, Common and others.

Capper has directed several promo videos for artists like Snoop Dogg, ASAP Rocky, Vybz Kartel, Fucked Up, Black Lips, Parquet Courts, Turbonegro, Popcaan, Beenie Man and Tifa, as well as creating and producing the Noisey.com franchises Noisey Chiraq, Noisey Jamaica and Noisey Raps. Capper also worked with Jonathan Glazer and J Spaceman of Spiritualized on an installation for The Creators Project at the Coachella Festival which centred on the Spiritualized song "Ladies & Gentleman, We Are Floating In Space".[2] In 2014 he shot a tour documentary around the Brooklyn band Parquet Courts called Light Up Gold Road Trip, which will be released April 17 on Noisey.com as the first ever Noisey Films production.

Capper was a regular contributor to The Guardian and The Observer.[3][4]

Capper left Vice in late 2017, amidst turmoil in the company. His last production for the company, "Hollywood Love Story" was a series of cautionary tales about young people and the dark side of modern media. It aired in 2018 and featured Paris Hilton. [5]

Reincarnated

Capper's feature-length documentary Reincarnated follows the rapper Snoop Dogg's transformation into reggae performer Snoop Lion, premiering at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival with a theatrical release in April 2013. In January this year he directed two Snoop videos in Jamaica for the companion album Reincarnated: "Lighters Up" featuring Mavado and Popcaan, and "Here Comes The King" featuring Angela Hunte.

Lil Bub & Friendz

Lil Bub & Friendz premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013 and won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film.[6][7][8]

VICE

Capper produced six segments in the Emmy Award-winning Season Two of the VICE show on HBO, working with hosts Thomas Morton, David Choe and Hamilton Morris.

Chiraq

Chiraq is an 8-part documentary for Vice's music channel Noisey on the social and cultural forces behind the rise of the Chicago rapper Chief Keef, created by Capper after trips to the city for VICE on the HBO network.

Suddenly

Suddenly is an hour-long documentary on New York artist ASAP Rocky, directed by David Laven and produced by Capper. It premiered at SXSW.

Atlanta

Atlanta is a ten part documentary series about drug trafficking and Trap music in the Atlanta area, which was released in 2015. The project was popular and controversial, particularly when a court in Georgia used the series as evidence against the Atlanta rap group Migos in a case where the artists were racially profiled and arrested by the authorities after a show on a university campus.

Noisey

Eight hour-long films about music and geography for the VICELAND network. Season One: Compton with Kendrick Lamar, São Paulo with Major Lazer, Miami with Rick Ross and DJ Khaled, Jamaica with Popcaan, Chronixx and Jesse Royal, Las Vegas with Tiësto, Steve Angello and Justin Bieber, Detroit with Big Sean and Danny Brown, Chicago with Chief Keef, Lil Durk and Common, London with Giggs, Skepta and Jammer.

The franchise also featured the rapper YG interviewed by a therapist and a special report on gang violence in Chicago. Season Two will air in January 2017.

Season Two: Six hour long films; Bay Area with G-Eazy, E-40, Nashville with Kesha, Paris with Niska, MHD, Seoul with Taeyang of Big Bang, Atlanta with Migos, Lil Yachty, Young Thug, Killer Mike and Lagos with Wizkid and Femi Kuti.

Season Two won the 2017 Realscreen Award for Outstanding Achievement Non-Fiction & Culture.

Vice Records

As a part of Vice Records, Capper has released music by Fucked Up, Black Lips, Mike Bones and Katie Stelmanis.

Publications

Filmography

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See also

References

  1. ^ Andy Capper - Editor, Vice Magazine (UK and Europe) Archived December 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Press Gazette. 21 October 2005
  2. ^ "The Creator's Project". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06.
  3. ^ Capper, Andy (July 23, 2008). "www.theguardian.com/profile/andycapper". The Guardian. London.
  4. ^ Capper, Andy (March 16, 2008). "www.theguardian.com/music/2008/mar/16/features.musicmonthly17". The Guardian. London.
  5. ^ Spangler, Todd (2017-12-15). "Disney Will Get More Vice After Acquiring 21st Century Fox's $70 Million Stake". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  6. ^ Makarechi, Kia (2013-03-18). "'Lil Bub & Friendz' Trailer: From Meme To The Movies (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-04-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Lil Bub & Friendz | 2013 Tribeca Film Festival". Tribecafilm.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-04-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ The Editors (2013-04-25). "Here Are Your TFF 2013 Award Winners | Tribeca". Tribecafilm.com. Retrieved 2013-04-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Skins & Punks".
  10. ^ "Heavy Metal In Baghdad".
  11. ^ "The World According Vice".
  12. ^ "Dos & Don'ts Compendium".