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Day 30 – “Hey Hey” by The Graves

August 8, 2011 1 comment

And if you sing along with us, better give it all you’ve got!

And with this video, we come to the end of our 30 day journey. I hope you had as much fun watching these videos as we did making them. The amount of support and talent that has come out of this project is overwhelming.

At first we had some difficulty deciding what to do for this band that’s based way out West. Eventually I came up with this. This song is quite an anthem and I figured it would be a nice way to bring all of our artists together. Please enjoy “Hey Hey” by The Graves.

Once again, I’d like to thank all the artists and filmmakers who participated in this project.

Hey Hey
The Graves
Project 30 in 30
Graves footage shot by Christian Fortune

Featuring the artists of Project 30 in 30: Auzriel, Afterquake, Brother Han, Chi’ Akai, Conrad Korsch, Cut Your Teeth, Dead Geoff, Emily Kinney, Fatty Acid, Genesis Be, The Graves, Jonny B. Goodman and the Area Men, Matt roi Berger, Melissa Lusk, Miles Megaciph, The Slackers, Superhuman Happiness, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Tri-State Conspiracy, What Katie Said Last Night

Filmmakers: Rocka Bennett, Steph Ching, Joe Del Balzo, David Dubuc, Jorge A Garza, Pamela Karp, Katie Kelley, Max S Pham, Michael Raynes, Jeff Brink, Praveen Elankumaran, Christian Fortune, John McMinn, Spencer Shangkuan, Cory Stambler, Richard Trammell, Justin Chan, Kevin Chew, Ellen Martinez, Patrick Ng, Jacqueline Sia, Orlando Suazo, William J Hopper and Robinson Deckert.

If you’d like to find out more about working with any of these artists (musicians or filmmakers) or seeing what they’re up to now, shoot us an email at OR you can click through our  Musicians and Filmmakers pages.

There is so much amazing work to come out of these artists – Project 30 in 30 has only shown you a small sampling.

Day 24 – “Mr. Tragedy” by The Slackers

August 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Mr. Tragedy
The Slackers
Directed by Steph Ching
Cinematography by Jeff Brink
Animation by Steph Ching and Robinson Deckert
G&E: Jorge A Garza, Spencer Shangkuan
PA: Pamela Karp

The Slackers are:
Ara Babajian (Drums)
Marcus Geard (Bass)
Dave Hillyard (Sax)
Jayson Nugent (Guitar)
Glen Pine (Trombone/Vocals)
Vic Ruggiero (Keys/Vocals)

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8PM tonight, It’s going DOWN! (At Katra Lounge!)

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Tonight’s the night! Just a reminder that the event begins at 8pm at Katra Lounge (217 Bowery). Get ready for some great music, awesome videos, fun people and sweet drink specials (2 for 1 drinks – NO COVER). We’ll even be premiering a couple never before seen videos. What better way to spend a Tuesday night?

This is a FREE event showcasing talented musicians, filmmakers and producers of EVERY music genre. Be there! Or be… you know the rest 🙂

See you then!

Featuring the music of:

Afterquake (Abigail Washburn + The Shanghai Restoration Project)
Brother Han
Chi’ Akai
Conrad Korsch
Cut Your Teeth
Dead Geoff
Emily Kinney
Fatty Acid
Genesis Be
The Graves
Jonny B Goodman and the Area Men
Matt roi Berger
Melissa Lusk
Miles Megaciph
The Slackers
Superhuman Happiness
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly
Tri-State Conspiracy
What Katie Said Last Night

Video #21 – “Mr. Tragedy” by The Slackers

January 14, 2011 1 comment

…open up your eyes, or this whole world is gonna pass you by…

Finally! It’s been a long time coming but here’s our video featuring The Slackers. One of the coolest things about this album (The Great Rocksteady Swindle) is that it was truly a team effort – each of the Slackers took a turn at writing. This video is for the kinda morbid, kinda bizarre “Mr. Tragedy” written by drummer Ara Babajian.

We shot this back in October at C-Squat. The Slackers are: Ara Babajian, Marcus Geard, Dave Hillyard, Jayson Nugent, Glen Pine, Vic Ruggiero. Cinematography by Jeff Brink, with some G&E help from Jorge Garza and Spencer Shangkaun and PA Pam Karp. The animations for this eventually became labors of love for animatorRobinson Deckert and myself.

So come with us on an adventure into the surreal with “Mr. Tragedy” and The Slackers.

Again, special thanks to Bill and co at C-Squat. Be sure to check out The Slackers upcoming shows in the next couple months.

Shooting the Slackers at C-Squat, aka one of the most surreal afternoons ever

October 28, 2010 1 comment

Spent the afternoon shooting a video for The Slackers at the legendary C-Squat over in my old hood. Wicked short shoot but I suppose that added to the surreality of it all. Seeing the location in person for the first time, yesterday, was also a trip – graffiti everywhere, broken guitars and mic stands stacked in the corner, a beautiful beautiful old piano harp, a pair of someone’s pants to help block out the last shaft of light coming through the corner of the ceiling high windows. Many thanks to Bill and Jill (and Brett and Jon) at C-Squat (and the other house members who stopped by/put up with us being there).

Despite some delays, all Slackers were willing and ready to go w/ this shoot. Quite a challenge given that they’d just come off a tour and that a bunch of their other acts/solo projects have been touring as well. Not to mention the next leg of a Slackers tour coming up next month.

There’s something really bizarre about shooting a band who you’ve heard countless times though had not really met before (as a whole). Not to mention whose music had gotten you through so many big (and little) life moments. So really, thanks Ara, Marcus, Jay, Vic, Glen, and Dave for getting together, and getting THIS together, and making today happen.

Also super super thanks to our skeleton crew, Jeff Brink DP extraordinaire, G&E Jorge Garza and Spencer Shangkuan taking time out of their busy schedules to help light this crazy crazy location, and Pam Karp for helping make sure everything was under control.

Check out some pictures. Get ready for an intense animation/live action video. Wild.

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Day 3 – Animation x 1000

October 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Despite some health issues and scares on the part of some of our filmmakers, we are still plugging along! A relatively productive day with animator, Robinson Deckert working out the kinks of animation based videos for The Slackers, Shanghai Restoration Project and the boys of Purple Bird Music, Dead Geoff and Chi’ Akai.

In live action world, getting ready for shoots this coming week/weekend with What Katie Said Last Night, more with Jonny B. Goodman and a couple special guests TBD 😉 that have a lot of Attitude. Not to mention JGood’s first video is getting the post treatment right now! More to come!

Give Us Some Slack!

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

(ok after this, no more awful puns, promise)

And so it’s official, ska/soul/dub/rocksteady revivalists from our very own NYC, The Slackers, will be joining our lineup!

I know, I know, so unprofessional to say this but I have to risk sounding like a fan-girl for a moment. I have been listening to The Slackers for YEARS now and they have been my favorite band for a long time. I am so excited to be working with these guys on a video for something off their new(ish) record, “The Great Rock Steady Swindle” (seriously check it out, there is not a bad song on this album).

I never thought I’d be sitting down to have drinks with a couple members of my favorite band, much less having them so on board to have me do a video for them. I had a chance to talk with Jay and Dave about their music, tour, our favorite LES, and plans for other videos (epic is all I can say). Do check out Jay’s Wake and Bake Films and Dave of the Dead starring Dave in full on zombie b-horror movie mode.

So get psyched for some really trippy stuff, mixed media and some really gritty visuals for this video. Also featuring (of course) the band members themselves:

Marcus Geard on bass, Jay Nugent on guitar, Ara Babajian on drums, Vic Ruggiero on keys and lead vox, Dave Hillyard on sax, and Glen Pine on trombone and vox. Their sound is a sweet and heavy combination of everything ska, reggae, rocksteady, 60’s, rock and so much soul.

One of the best parts of all of this is that they all have a hand in writing the music. There’s stuff on this new album written by each one of the Slackers and clearly the diversity comes through. On this album alone you’ve got pretty story-heavy pieces like “Sabina”, haunting dub/reggae stuff like “Because”, and even a purely instrumental version of “Ain’t No Sunshine” with a bass line and horn growls that stick right in your gut.

But enough of this, this isn’t an album review and I could go on and on about which songs of theirs are my favorites, how sick their live shows are and why each one of them is essential for the band and their style. For now, sit back and stay tuned for updates on the shoot. This is gonna be a heavy one.