@kcchesne WATCH IT: Bennett Chesne "Sanitizer" (KC Chesne, dir.) https://t.co/vRy1NyXTjd via 1 day 8 hours ago

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Interpol "The Rover" (Gerardo Naranjo, dir.)

A strange Day In The Life for Interpol that blurs reality with fiction and psychedelia as they have an actual press conference in Mexico City — check the recording of the livestream — where a character played by actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach brings chaos to the table.

Paul Banks, Interpol:: “I like to describe the video for ‘The Rover’ as a prequel. It’s the origin story of the character described in the song, the birth of a cult leader. When we meet him he is partly unhinged. He’s a man on the verge, an artist subjected to great pressures, and beset with existential frustrations. A distracted hipster who enjoys psychedelics, let’s say.

The events that take place in Mexico City, be it a bump on the head, a visit to a shaman, or the influence of his rescuers (the street gang known as ‘Los Locos’) trigger the birth – the eruption – of this new figure, ‘The Rover.’ His rescuers become his first followers.

In the end of the video he exacts his ‘revenge’ on Interpol with a mischievous act of disruption during the press conference. He grabs me by the head – to save me? Forgive me? Or simply as a gesture of his new independence – the butterfly becoming."

Directing duo Alabama sign to Believe; OB Management To Rep [Announcement]

A versatile and creative pair, Alabama are at the forefront of London's new and exciting young directing talent, primed to make some serious waves in the music promo world on both sides of the pond.

Alabama got their first 'seismic wave of attention' for their recent video for Polydor's latest electronic offering, Monsta. Shot in the deep dark dirty South woods of Savannah, Georgia, this is a surreal, chaotic journey to places you wish you'd never seen ... but leaves you wanting more.

They will now be represented by the guys at OBmanagement in both the US and the UK.

WATCH IT: Usher "Numb" (Chris Applebaum & Grace Harry, dir.)

Usher breaks out of the box (literally) in a glossy, yet emotional video that begins with a career lowpoint and ends in catharsis. The "on display" performance is broked up by a sharp and kinetic edit that rockets through a series of personal and universal experiences that reresent the song's maxim, "What don't kill, only makes you strong." --> watch "Numb"

NEWS: Labuda Mgmt Repping Chris Applebaum

Labuda Management's Tommy Labuda is now repping award-winning director Chris Applebaum... Chris Applebaum, director credits and awards:

  • Rihanna f/ Jay-Z "Umbrella"
  • Semisonic "Closing Time"
  • Fountains Of Wayne "Stacy's Mom"
  • Natasha Bedingfield "Unwritten"
  • Mary J Blige "Just Fine"

Visit ChrisApplebaum.com for video links and further credits. [Or, the Videostatic Applebaum profile from September 2007]

NEWS: Lanette Phillips Mgmt. Repping Bryan Barber

Lanette Phillips is now representing director Bryan Barber. In addition to directing the Outkast feature film Idlewild, Barber's credits include the following videos:

Bryan Barber remains signed with Believe Media...