Director Nathan Johnson paints Noah Segan (Looper, Brick) as the slow-witted companion to Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany in the dead-end dance of a disenchanted romance for the eerie short film set to Son Lux’ emotive “You Don’t Know Me”. Visionary collaborators (also cousins of our hero Rian Johnson) and designers with The Made Shop tailored the narrative to Maslany herself and she dons the hollowness of our cult-leading lady like a tattered glove. On a more lighthearted note, I picked Noah’s brain for trivia on the making-of and learned that while unintended, he devoured a lot of prop food and wine, then somehow still nailed the dip at the end. For the record, he owes his upper body strength to a healthy lifestyle inspired by James Caan, but who doesn’t?
We know the online music world is not without a dearth of field-work videos, impromptu sessions and Take Away Shows, so it generally takes an exceedingly singular quality to bewitch us. You’re going to have a hard time taking your ears off of the timeless spinto tenor croon of twenty-six year old singer/poet, pianist and composer Benjamin Clementine. Barefoot and shirtless in Paris, (see also: my retirement plan) director Colin Solal Cardo of the masterful team over at La Blogotheque follows the striking artist through the picturesque cityscape as he naturally scales his way to the top of a tower to air-piano the sky.
I have a propensity to lap up any and all anti-anthropocentric works, whether it’s M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening or the more recent meticulously-animated (by Fabulous 3D) post-apocalyptic tale of nature’s Herculean power over man found in the stunning video for “Earth”. Yndi Ferreira aka Dream Koala is only twenty years old and of French and Brazilian descent, a relevant fact if you’re like me, examining his chiseled features behind that cosmic explorer’s helmet while you wipe a little dinner on your pants. I think we can all agree that earth is probably fond of you, Yndi, so smile. You’re gonna be alright.