A meek white-boy rapper wants to spit fire, but does cultural appropriation outweigh his desire? Whether it’s sci-fi, satire, or race relations, Joseph Kahn’s auteur style defies anticipations. In BODIED, a white boy explores rap battle vernacular, immersed in a subculture that’s simply spectacular. In this film, executive-produced by Eminem, our protagonist discovers the battle rapper within. Exploding racial prejudice and upending expectation, this film’s won awards in multiple nations. This director is working in the contemporary sphere, digesting and remixing with style to spare. Fans of his trippy horror film DETENTION will find many reasons to blow up his mentions. The truth is any logline will just seem drab next to the racial live wire that BODIED reaches to grab. – Lane Kneedler
Born in South Korea and raised in Houston, TX, Joseph Kahn has directed music videos for artists such as Beyoncé, U2, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Eminem and Lady Gaga. His feature directorial credits include TORQUE (2004), DETENTION (2011) and this year's BODIED.