Courteney Cox is no stranger to music videos — some of you may still know her best as Bruce's dance partner — but here she directs a clip that starts with Brandi Carlisle performing the closing notes on stage.
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."
The stakes are high, but so is the scope of this new Macklemore and Ryan Lewis music video concocted by Lewis with longtime visual collaborator Jon Jon Augustavo and Jason Koenig. Shot in location stretching from New Zealand to their Seattle homebase, "Can't Hold Us" has the chart-topping duo as pirates, literally hoisting their flag atop the world in a video adventure that boasts planes, ships, dogsleds, camels, skydiving and lots more.