SKUNK's Jonathan 'JJ' Augustavo directs 'Bag Girls', one of four beautiful crafted videos to be released for SOULS. JJ creates an authentic culture biopic of America from his unique perspective, "A postcard of this country that is not based on stereotype but actually something real and spiritual."
JJ Augustavo, director: “Not since my work on the Same Love (Macklemore) film have I felt a deeper and more powerful connection. Selfishly this was an experience I needed as a director, artist and person… it was the hardest, most stressful and trying process for all of us but in the end what we made is beautiful and authentic. And in a way I fell in love with filmmaking again because of it. You could have given this project to a million different directors and had so many different and amazing projects, however what I made is my perspective of my country. Of what America is. To a mixed Filipino-American from Seattle collaborating with a white guy from Ohio, a chino-Latino from the Bay and a producer from London. A postcard of this country that is not based on stereotype but actually something real and spiritual. We bled to make this and I could not be more proud…there are hundreds of wild stories of how this was made, the stress, the doubt, the lack of sleep - but ultimately it’s a set of films I love and hold dear to my heart."
Even the simplest situation can be made awfully complicated. Director Saman Kesh enlists narrator Bret Easton Ellis to solve yet another mystery for Placebo. This time we have projectile vomit, a slaphappy creep, a rash and a possibly spiked blue drink.
And, we also have some NSFW elements, so you might want to study this like a Zapruder Film in the comfort of your own home.
There's a series of collisions in this beautiful new How To Destroy Angels video, even if you never see any of them on-screen. There's the modern electronic rhythms of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, finding expression on acoustic instruments and old-school floppy-disc tech; There's waves of analog static and digital distortions rippling through the other otherwise pristine, classical cinematography; And then there's the memories flooding singer Mariqueen Maandig's head, even as tries to freeze them out and look out into the infinite sea. --> watch "Ice Age"
Remember making fun of kids who rode the shortbus to school? Well, you're going to be very jealous when you see what you were missing out on. This is the debut video from Long Beach Shortbus, which features members of Long Beach Dub Allstars.artist: Long Beach Shortbussong: "California Grace"label: Skunk director(s): Cary Heckmanproduction co: 1171 Production Group/MNJ Productions