Martell James Gray Darius Khondji

It would appear that director James Gray has a found a new collaborator behind the camera. With his previous two efforts "Two Lovers" and "We Own The Night" lensed by Joaquín Baca-Asay, for the upcoming "Lowlife," Gray teamed with Darius Khondji ("Se7en," "Midnight In Paris," Academy Award nominee for "Evita"), and he rang him up again for this quick job.

Gray has directed a new ad for Martell XO cognac entitled "Rise Above." It's a classy little spot, showing the before and after of creative inspiration in a variety of mediums. It's always interesting to see a director adjust their skills for the purposes of marketing, and Gray comes off well, and at least this isn't that Brad Pitt Chanel spot. Give it a spin below. [Fubiz]