Interpol's Paul Banks dips back into his first love of Hip-Hop, this time teaming up with Wu-Tang Clan legend RZA for new group Banks & Steelz. "Love + War" features fellow Wu-Tanger Ghostface Killah, plus a video that sticks close to a Quentin Tarantino blueprint.
I know you're bummed that you missed the Furry Weekend Atlanta convention, but cheer up: Director Jay Buim attended and came back with an over-the-top video.
Jay Buim, director: "One of my favorite things about making documentary style work is the access and freedom it provides you to interact with new people in the new places and situations. I have known about the Furry fandom for some time and was always curious about what it was actually like within their community. When Motez approached me about making something that had a party based focus, I immediately thought of doing something within the furry community.
We reached out to Tiger Paw the CEO of FWA (Furry Weekend Atlanta) and all the other fine folks involved with FWA and asked them if we could hang around there for a few days, trying to capture the beauty and joy that exists during furry conventions. After talking with countless people within the community, it was clear that they felt no one from the outside really understood what they were about as is the case with most subcultures.
In fact almost everyone referenced a CSI episode that painted the community in an unfavorable light as being the thing that set off the outsider perspective on the fandom. What I found over the course of four days was a warm and welcoming group of people, with a contagious attitude of pure joy that filled up the entire Marriot Marquis in downtown Atlanta. I hope that this video functions as something that people in the fandom can look at and get stoked about while at the same time giving outsiders a different perspective on what furries are about, a surreal and supremely fun way to move through this world."
Some things never change... Not for those who were different in high school, not for star-crossed lovers, and especially not for Mykki Blanco in this epic tale of love/loss.
Matt Lambert, director: "To me the film is nothing more than a story of love and hate. It's a love story wrapped in the cyclical nature of conflict that humans seem to thrive on. It's a story of the moral relativity and polarizing forces of humanism and a simultaneous misanthropy that seems to live in all of us."