The Prism Prize is proud to announce LACEY DUKE as the recipient of the 2019 Special Achievement Award (presented by Slaight Music). The Prism Prize Special Achievement Award is presented to a Canadian music video icon for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage.
In addition to directing, editing and conceiving her own music video and branded content for Janelle Monáe, The Internet, SZA, and others, Lacey Duke has also written and directed commercial spots for brands like Netflix, Pantene, CoverGirl and Samsung. Her unique aesthetic, knack for fostering organic performances and affinity for counter-culture has allowed her to capture narrative and beauty with an edgy and fresh sensibility. Lacey’s Prism reel can be viewed here, and her full music video work can be seen here.
"Lacey is a visionary artist who continues to push the boundaries of music video art. Her inventive camera technique, lush colour palette, and dreamy-documentary style have provided lasting visuals for some of the most exciting musicians working today," said Academy Vice-President of Programming and Prism Prize Founder Louis Calabro.
On Monday, May 13, 2019 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Duke will be presented with the Prism Prize statue, a $2500 grant from William F. White for production equipment rentals, and an exclusive gift bag from MAC Cosmetics.
At the May 13 event, in addition to presenting the Special Achievement Award, Prism Prize will reveal the winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize for best Canadian music video of the year.