Arthur Jafa


TNEG co-founder Arthur Jafa was born in Tupelo, MS and currently resides in Los Angeles. Renowned for his cinematography on Spike Lee's Crooklyn (1994), Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (1991), second unit work on Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and Ava DuVernay's Selma (2014); Jafa has recently been busy shooting music videos for Solange's Don't Touch My Hair and Cranes in the Sky (both 2016). In 2017, along with TNEG, Jafa conceived, shot and edited the music video for JAY-Z’s 4:44, the title track from his newest album. Dreams are Colder Than Death, a documentary directed and shot by Jafa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, garnered acclaim at the LA Film Festival, NY Film Festival and Black Star Film Festival where it won Best Documentary.