A beautiful tribute to the young lives lost in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. "The Dreaming Kind" was written for the non-profit Sandy Hook Promise, which works to protect children from gun violence via education, prevention programs and safety reforms.
The song and video features Sheryl alongside her 12-year-old niece, Ava, and the song is available for download via name-your-price donations to Sandy Hook Promise at sherylcrow.bandcamp.com.
Actor August Aiden portrays a trans teen who stops seeking to fit in at home and at school, and instead decides to let his colors shine without any shame or fear.
Dano Cerny, director: "The biggest challenge was finding a young trans actor who felt comfortable in the role. When I met August, he had never acted before but he was so comfortable with who he was that he was able to step into the role without fear and we were really lucky to find him. Mego (Lin, DP) and I went about shooting most scenes really intimately, just us and the actors. I wanted to feature real trans actors, so in addition to August, a lot of our background talent at the school are Trans actors playing themselves as students.
We were on set together the morning Trump announced the Transgender Military ban. I remember being in the kitchen with Wrable and August (lead actor) discussing how it suddenly felt like a call to action for us as artist. We were angry and frustrated but had this video to use as our way to spread love at time when we all could use so more of it. We wanted to include Trump’s presence subtly in the video to make him accountable for the lives he is impacting, the behavior he’s condoning and the people who suffer because of his choices. We all suffer as a community, but it really impacts people lives and we wanted to tell one version of the many stories out there about young people finding themselves."
First off, the Jameson advertisement that starts this video off is maybe my favorite product placement in a music video, and not because of the product, but actually for dispensing with the business is a brilliantly clear and forthright way. After that we shift for a gorgous retro TV performance that's soaked with soul and class.
1975's Matt Healy washes off his "A Change Of Heart" make-up and decides to address his remaining loneliness with a nighttime walkabout that descends into sex and violence. Or, at least he imagines it does.
This would have also been a fantastic video for Springsteen's "County Fair" or even "Tunnel Of Love," and let me assure you: That's a compliment (even if it exposes my heart as old, suburban, sentimental, etc, etc.)
"A Change Of Heart" has 1975 frontman Matty Healy as a sad, silent-film clown who finds love on magically epic night of love and dance at the traveling carnival.
The coming of age "best friend = best lover" tale that began in "Wild" enters a complicated new phase in this sequel, as family and small town pressures threaten to turn their passionate realization into nothing more than a youthful indiscretion.
“WILD,” listed as Part 1 of his “Blue Neighborhood” trilogy, is Australian superman Troye Sivan’s second foray into videos. Its ending is likely to cause a stir, as it reveals an aspect of being gay that happens to some people who grow up as friends, at first.