Chaz from Toro y Moi had a number of songs floating around which later got a more official release. My fave tune was left off of it so I made a fan video by pirating a video from his old band. I really like something about the song though; it reminds me of Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen — the we’re gonna make it out of this place and when we come back we’ll be stars vibe.
In 2007, Nike made an amazing dress for Maria Sharapova. I remember laying on my bed at the Van de Kasteelen in Amsterdam watching her early round Roland Garros match. It looked really cool in motion.
When I got back home I was really into French music. I remember liking Surkin a lot. Of course, everything on Ed Banger records was cool at the time. At the end of the year, Justice put out the X-mas mix (which has a legend of its own).
I got in touch with Jesse from the band Fancy via myspace and did this video for them. I loved their song on the X-mas mix and actually thought they were a band from the 70’s (there is another band from that era called Fancy, but that is another story).
All of the shots (to the best of my memory) were culled from fan footage of their shows around Paris 2007/08.
I like when people reach out, although occasionally I pause from reading youtube comments because I didn’t want to get stuck repeating myself.
Anyway, a musician from upstate New York named Clayton contacted me. He also does music under a ton of aliases.
But what excites me most of all is that I FINALLY got to RAP!!!
I’m not sure if you can see this video. I think it depends on what country you live in.
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I dreamed of making a video for this song before Youtube was invented, but it was really impossible at the time to imagine the editing technology. Mellon Collie arrived in 1995.
Once a pal teased me saying, “I thought you were going to do that Carrie video for Bodies.” I didn’t feel ready.
Nobody beats the combination of Stephen King’s novel, Brian DePalma’s adaptation and Billy Corgan’s tortured passion. It gave me such a strong vision. I’m very happy that the internet was able to evolve such a short time later where we could share visual ideas and dreams.
Love is suicide.
When I was stationed in Iwakuni, Lost In Translation came to the base theatre. This was a major coup on a number of levels. I feel like Sofia, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson (and their entire team) snuck really good art house in to us almost like Marilyn Monroe and Bob Hope on a USO tour. It was a very George W. Bush aggressive time in 2003; beheadings on the internet, etc. Sure, there were grumbles after the film ended from a Marine or two expecting a different Bill Murray, but fuck that. When Sofia put My Bloody Valentine into the film it is a genius moment.
Okay, fast forward to 2010 and I feel like it’s time to really make it as a video director. I have a little money set aside and a big dream to film a video for my friend Monahan. He has just finished a kickstarter and his record is coming out. He even offered to pay some loot for the video. Hurray. In the end, things fell through between us regarding the trip. He did some awesome production for my band no bad feelings. Sometimes, things like this happen.
So when I went to Tokyo I felt kind of dislocated. I was thinking, “Why am I here?”
I took a still at the Tokyo Park Hotel and used it for the Blackbird Blackbird video.
I’m glad that people got good vibes from it although I must say for historical purposes Fukushima took place 6 months later. When I came back and showed the shots to a friend, he said they looked ominous. Who knows?
In 1998, I remember watching Lick the Star on IFC while my patients coughed themselves to death at the nursing home. It was a tough time. Needless to say when Sofia snuck Free Kitten and the Amps into her short, it was very inspiring. I admired Sofia because she had gotten mean reviews for her acting in Godfather III; it just seemed like a no-win situation from my peanut gallery view at the time. But she kept working on her art. She is one of the few artists I make an extra effort to consistently check out.
I wanted to branch out and work with a band and do something handheld, cheap and fun. So I’d been stalking Cars Can Be Blue for a while. I liked Becky’s style and Nate was a cool drummer.
For the first video, I searched Internet Archive for copyright free work. Then I made this:
For the second video, the band came over and we shot this: