Category Archives: Video

Music, Technology, Video

FKA twigs through the Google Glass

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In one of the rather unexpected tech-meets-music collabs we’ve witnessed in 2014, singer and dancer FKA twigs has released #throughglass, a high-concept dance vid she directed for Google Glass. The short is backed by tweaked versions of (the unreleased) “Glass & Patron” and “Video Girl” from her debut full-length album LP1. It features twigs dancing against a highly-regarded choreography provided by the Google Glass she’s wearing in the video. After showing off her own skills, she toggles through other dance styles while twigs doppelgängers enter the story. All in all, the short film is a look into the technologically enhanced yet fractured mind and it works as a commentary on identity and tech.

Watch the full video below.

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Music, Video

Music video: ZHU – Paradise Awaits

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Infamously anonymous dance musician ZHU first came to our attention with the debut of his Outkast medley ‘Moves Like Ms. Jackson’ earlier this year. Ever since he has gathered over 117,000 followers on SoundCloud and bangers by the likes of ‘Fade’ saw five million hits on YouTube. All we know is that he is an American male, but just like Daft Punk and SBTRKT, ZHU prefers to let the talent speak for itself – which is refreshing in this era of oversharing. Below you can view the Tomek Ducki directed video for his latest single ‘Paradise Awaits’.
Film, Video

Discover the winners of the Filminute 2014 award

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Filminute, the international one-minute film festival that curates a collection of the world’s best one-minute films, has announced the winners of its 9th edition. “Filminute takes great pride each year in attracting talented filmmakers worldwide who are skilled in the art of storytelling and who are drawn to the challenge of creating entertaining, moving and provocative films that are exactly 60-seconds long,” says Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director John Ketchum. Discover the winners below – from short film horror over drama to a fantasy-filled short, it’s often amazing what stories these directors can tell in a mere 60 seconds. For more information on the 2014 edition, click here.

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Film, Video

Watch the action-packed trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’

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Joaquin Phoenix can boast an array of astonishing acting performances, such as emperor Commodus in ‘Gladiator’, Johnny Cash in ‘Walk The Line’ and Theodore from the 2013 feature ‘Her’. Chances are, he will be able to add the character of Doc Sportello, the private eye in ‘Inherent Vice’, to that list soon. The story is an adaptation on the eponymous novel by Thomas Pynchon and is set in the 1970s. One day his ex (played by Katherine Watson) rings the doorbell with a new idea: at that moment she is the lover of the wealthy Mickey Wolfmann. The plan is to kidnap him and hide him in a psychiatric institution.

For the American director Paul Thomas Anderson who adapts the story by Pynchon, this film will without a doubt be a happy reunion with Phoenix – the two worked on ‘The Master’ which received three Oscar nominations. The all-star cast features names as Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro. The New York Film Festival will premiere the film on October 4th.

Watch the trailer below.

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Fashion, Video

Watch a butterfly’s life cycle in this video for CORNÉ GABRIËLS’ bow tie collection

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Dutch conceptual fashion designer Corné Gabriels recently released his butterfly bow tie collection. Together with typographic designer Janno Hahn, who typically uses butterflies in his work, and photographer/video maker Claudia Crobatia and dancer Duarte Fernandes, he created a poetic representation of the butterfly bow tie and the story of a man who finds his own identity. Watch the video below.

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Music, Video

Music video: SBTRKT – New York, New Dorp ft. Ezra Koenig

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British producer SBTRKT has dropped the official music video for his collab with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. The song is called “New Dorp. New York” and will be part of his upcoming sophomore album ‘Wonder Where We Land’. The video was shot by Fons Schiedon and follows the SBTRKT mask-wearing animal roaming the streets of a surreal and shadow-filled American metropolis. The new LP is set for release in a few weeks, with features from Jessie Ware, Raury, Sampha, and A$AP Ferg.

People, Video

Charlie Goes To Burning Man

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Dr Charlie Warner hasn’t been at his A game lately: between having had open hear surgery and being in remission for bone marrow cancer he also is a diabetic. Despite all that the media professor undertook a trip to Burning Man, followed by Belgian film maker jan Beddegenoodts, as an attempt to do one more amazing thing before his body decides it’s over.The short film gives insight to the community spirit of the festival, with Charlie giving career advice to other visitors, installed in one of the tents. The New Yorker was amazed by the connectivity and atmosphere of the festival: “It was amazing how people came up and said ‘yes how can you help me?’ Nobody said, ‘well, what’s this old guy doing here trying to give career advice to me.’ You can do what you’re good at, and what you want to do and nobody judges you.”

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Fashion, Video

Trailer: Saint Laurent

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2014 saw the release of not one, but two biopics about the legendary French designer Yves Saint Laurent. The first, entitled ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ was released earlier this year, provided with official approval of the designer’s lover and business partner Pierre Berge. This production also had access to the house’s archives.

The second film ‘Saint Laurent’ (for which you can view the trailer below) is an unofficial biopic, directed by Bertrand Bonello. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and competed for the coveted Palme d’Or award. The cast features Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent and actress of the moment Lea Seydoux of ‘La Vie d’Adèle’/'Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ playing Loulou de la Falaise, the designer’s muse.

Watch the trailer below for a glimpse of the decadent world of fashion in the 60s and 70s at the height of YSL’s success. The only drawback is that you need to be bilingual as the trailer is entirely in French and lacking in subtitles. Otherwise just relax and admire the garments.

Music, Video

Ty Segall’s Interactive Music Video That Lets You Change Everything

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Retro rocker Ty Segall’s latest music video allows us to control nearly every single thing on the screen. Appropriately titled ‘Manipulator’, the title track of his new album comes with an interactive video filled with a kaleidoscope of visual pastiche. The video begins with Segall performing in a room – probably his bedroom – but everything in that room is subject to change. Don’t like the posters? Click on them and turn them into pictures of fried eggs or a picture of Albert Einstein. Not a fan of the curtains? Click and they change colours. Repeated clicks make things even better; there might be nobody outside the window, but click and a woman wearing a hazmat suit comes along, then another click and there’s a UFO, yet another and the UFO destroys the hazmat lady.

Watch the director’s cut of the video below, or go to Segall’s website to create your own.

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Music, Video

Fictionalized Daft Punk appear in trailer for EDM film ‘Eden’

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‘Eden’ by Mia Hansen-Løve’ follows the rise of the French electronic music scene in the 90s. No story about those days would be complete without the inclusion of Daft Punk. The duo will be played by Arnaud Azoulay (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) and Vincent Lacoste (Thomas Bangalter). The film follows a fictional teen duo named Cheers who grow in the shadows of Daft Punk. Watch the trailer, featuring three Daft Punk songs, and read the official synopsis below.

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