with Debbie Kim, Kirsten Kearse, Adam Vanloon, Kathleen Flood, Jacqueline Thompson, Montgomery Knott, Jared Hohl, Sonia Agostino, Amy Taylor, Nola Barie, Natalie Pierson, Dan Smith, Kate Bryant
Directed by Sebastian Ischer
Produced by Chris McHenry and Alex Egan
Art Direction by Alex Egan
Director of Photography: Andrei Zakow
Additional Camera: Rebecca Adorno
Lighting: Johannes Buff
Makeup: Dawn Tunnell
Costumes by Tableaux Vivant/Sonia Agostino
Group Choreography by Katie Eastburn
Solo dance by Alison Clancy
The video for These Are Powers song Easy Answers was jointly inspired by the annual Ghost Festival held every August in China and the Chinese folkloric tradition of burning joss paper after the death of a relative or loved one. Joss paper has long been burned ceremoniously as an offering to the dead, representing all of the worldly goods that spirits may desire in the afterlife, including intricately detailed miniature paper replicas of mansions, BMW convertibles, laptop computers, karaoke VCRs, and large denomination hell bank notes or ghost money. Once burned, these items are believed to join the deceased loved ones in heaven, and for lost spirits who still roam the land of the living, small paper boats and lanterns are bought and released, which signifies giving direction to these restless ancestors.
Video directed by Jacqueline Caste.
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