Aristotle Torres is a writer, director, creative from The Bronx, NYC. He has built a career as a visual artist directing music videos, experimenting with photography, and telling award-winning stories. He most recently was chosen as a Sundance Institute Feature Film Directing and Screenwriting Fellow. His start began as the creative director for his then college classmate and up and coming recording artist, J. Cole. After J. Cole signed with Jay-Z at his newly founded label Roc Nation Records, Aristotle started By Any Means, a multi-media artist collective which went on to produce and direct 70+ music videos and developing new talents such as Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Asher Roth, and Rihanna. Aristotle personally directed content for NAS, Kanye West, The Roots, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Busta Rhymes, and more. He was nominated in 2012 for an MTV Music Video Award/Best Rap Video for Fabolous’ You Be Killin Em.
He recently directed, wrote, and produced branded content for a Starbucks global campaign where visual artists teach us about growing and roasting coffee with their art. The campaign is now being transitioned into a coffee table book, releasing holiday 2018. The journey into narrative filmmaking began in 2015 when he self-funded, wrote and directed his first short film, S2T, a loose adaption of Notorious BIG’s I Got a Story To Tell. Sean “Puffy” Combs went on to purchase the film. Shortly after he went on to produce a feature film Are We Not Cats which premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2016 and won the audience award at Sitges 2016. The film was purchased and distributed by Cleopatra Entertainment. In 2017, he created a proof of concept short film for Story Ave which has received an official selection to a variety of regional film festivals across the US with an international premiere at Festival Sayulita in Mexico City 2019. He recently wrote and directed his third short film, The Chair, a Mandarin thriller shot on location in Taiwan, starring Tzu-Chiang Wang.