Chris Marrs Piliero

Chris Marrs Piliero is an American actor, writer, producer, and director of short films and music videos.

Piliero directed the 2010 music video for Tighten Up by The Black Keys, which won the 2010 MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video.

Piliero subsequently directed the music video for Howlin' for You by The Black Keys—a parody in the form of an action movie trailer. Released in February 2011, it includes Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) in a minor role of two henchmen referred to as "Las Teclas de Negro". The video was nominated for the 2011 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video.[1] An interview with Piliero during the filming of this video was released in March 2011 with some commentary about the filming, and short clips of the cast describing their characters.

Piliero also wrote and directed many other music videos, including the 2010 video If You Let Me by Chrissie Hynde's band JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys and the 2011 videos I Wanna Go and Criminal by Britney Spears.

Partial list of music videos

Release Date Title Artist
April 19, 2007 "Be Good to Me" Ashley Tisdale
August 17, 2008 Boot of Chinese Plastic The Pretenders
May 30, 2009

OK It's Alright With Me

Eric Hutchinson
September 30, 2009 Crash Cavo
March 30, 2010 Love Like Woe

The Ready Set

May 30, 2010 Next Girl The Black Keys
July 18, 2010 If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is D.R.U.G.S.
August 4, 2010 "If You Let Me" JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys
May 20, 2010 "Tighten Up" 1 The Black Keys
November 4, 2010 "Hey Baby, Here's That Song You Wanted" Blessthefall
February 10, 2011 "Howlin' for You" The Black Keys
February 20, 2011 "For You and Your Denial" Yellowcard
February 25, 2011 "Blow" Kesha
March 31, 2011 "Hang You Up" Yellowcard
April 30, 2011 "Superlover" Lucy Fleming
June 7, 2011 "Around My Head" Cage the Elephant
June 22, 2011 "I Wanna Go" Britney Spears
September 28, 2011 Faith (When I Let You Down) Taking Back Sunday
September 30, 2011 All Signs Point to Lauderdale A Day to Remember
October 17, 2011 "Criminal" Britney Spears
April 25, 2012 Dancing in My Head (Tom Hangs Remix) Eric Turner
October 15, 2012 "I Found You" The Wanted
October 22, 2012 "The Baddest Man Alive" The Black Keys and RZA
January 4, 2013 "Thank You" MKTO
February 24, 2013 "Thank You Very Much" Margaret
April 30, 2013 "Popular Song" MIKA ft. Ariana Grande
May 28, 2013 "People Like Us" Kelly Clarkson
August 20, 2013 "Rock N Roll" Avril Lavigne
June 2, 2014 "Hello, You Beautiful Thing" Jason Mraz
July 1, 2014 "Ugly Heart" G.R.L.
August 12, 2014 "Break Free" Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
November 24, 2014 "Santa Tell Me" Ariana Grande
December 16, 2014 Get Over It McBusted
January 12, 2015 Something's Gotta Give All Time Low
December 16, 2016 Life Goes On Fergie
February 27, 2017 "Everyday" Ariana Grande ft. Future


  • 1 There are two versions of "Tighten Up". Piliero's is the later, "official" video.


  1. ^ "MTV VMA 2011 Best Rock Video Nominees". Retrieved January 10, 2012.

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