White Trash Tyler
Tyler Ross aka White Trash Tyler is a Canadian-born filmmaker that has spent the last 10 years documenting some of hip hop's biggest moments. From being Kanye’s personal cameraman to Cactus Jack and Travis Scott's go-to creative, Tyler has broken into the scene with his unique style and ability to craft an artist's aesthetic through his videos.
Growing up in Nova Scotia, Tyler's filmmaking opportunities were limited. He started out shooting film and videos for his friend, Cam Smith while working part-time as a garbageman. As his interest in video increased and his opportunities started to dry up, he quit his job and moved to LA to pursue filmmaking as a career. After a year of filming side gigs for friends, he became connected with Kanye West, then was pitched the idea to document moments in Ye's life through VHS and film.
For the next year, Tyler followed around the West family capturing their life through his eyes. In an interview with Vice, he said that Kanye “always documents everything, so, you know, someday it'll be used for something, for sure. It's just, you never know—he has archives and archives of footage.” The only use for this footage so far has been a VHS video posted by Kim on her Instagram. While working on that project, Tyler got the opportunity to direct the controversial “Famous” music video for Kanye. This video featured nude wax sculptures of various celebrities including Kanye, Kim, and Taylor Swift.
Since that project, Tyler was introduced to Travis Scott and has gone on to become a staple figure in the Cactus Jack team. After documenting Travis on the DAMN tour, he directed all of the videos from Cactus Jack's debut album “Jackboys” and music videos for each of their artists including Sheck Wes and Afterparty. The culmination of his work with Travis and Cactus jack is the hour-long feature film titled “Look Mom I Can Fly” documenting the career of Travis and the release of his third album “Astroworld”.
With it being his first full length film, Tyler's goal was to create a tangible moment in Travis’ career. Instead of one long film at the end of their career, Tyler believes that artists should make films representing each stage in their life. For Travis, his biggest stage in life so far has been Astroworld and the tour that followed. This film documents the energy of the tour and the work behind it. It brings you inside the studio with Travis and Mike Dean, into the hospital as Stormi was born and to Houston as Travis receives the key to the city. Since its release on Netflix, Look Mom I Can Fly has garnered critical acclaim and huge support for documenting what was such a big moment in many people's lives. As Tyler continues to grow into the role of a director, we can be assured this will not be his last film.
To keep up to date with Tyler, make sure to search @whitetrashtyler on Instagram.
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