AMACHER inspired by sound artist Maryanne Amacher, for the Gary Graham Spring 2018 collection.
Directed by Gary Graham
Photographed by Naomi Yang
Sound recorded by Ernst Karel and Eli Keszler
Bartolo's Boxing Club, Winthrop MA.
Solomon Metals, Lynn MA.
Hi-Rise Bakery, Cambridge MA.
The video, conceived as a “late-night-TV-ad” for Virgil Normal, is directed by Naomi Yang with music written by Stephin Merritt. Virgil Normal is owned by artist Charlie Staunton and stylist Shirley Kurata.
Virgil Normal is a new menswear store located near the corner of Virgil and Normal in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The store carries new and vintage clothing, art, and magazines, also serves as a neighborhood clubhouse with DJs, sign-painting parties, a cereal bar, and more. The video captures some of the hijinks that go on there — and whom better to write a catchy jingle than Stephin Merritt?
from the album "Agistri" (LM Duplication)
This video was inspired by Heather’s love of the filmmaker Jodorowsky — and because “Bloodmoon" reminded me of a soundtrack to a Western. So we decided to make an “El Topo” inspired Western but with a twist: in a classic Western the hero is often searching for someone or something — I imagined Heather searching for herself…
From the album "Agistri"
I went out to Albuquerque in November 2016 to shoot an outdoor video for Heather's song "Bloodmoon" (vimeo.com/212453649) but had two surprising days of rain. While waiting for the sun to come out, we got silly and shot a different video indoors, sort of a “rainy day project” with a very different mood. "Agistri" is what you might come across while watching late night TV, stumbling on a channel from an unknown place...
Directed and edited by Naomi Yang
with Laura K.
Anna Kotowicz and Valentina Marquez-Gültlingen
Laura's wardrobe by Gary Graham
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Director's Notes: We met Haisong Yang (half of Dear Eloise, frontman in P.K. 14, and label manager of Maybe Mars) in September when Damon and I were on tour in China. It was the first time we had played in China, and although we had never met Haisong we knew his music and admired the label, Maybe Mars, so we invited him to our Beijing show. We hit it off right away — we were hanging out the next day and then next thing I knew I was delighted to be making them a video.
Dear Eloise never performs live, it is a studio project, so the plan always was to make the video in the US without the band. I asked for a translation of the lyrics and I was moved by the melancholy, the sense of isolation, and the nostalgia for "something beautiful.” Having just experienced the vastness of Chinese cities, with pockets of the ancient disappearing amidst the shiny and new, I felt like I had an insight into some of the feeling behind the song. I felt like the isolation in a huge crowded city could also mirror the isolation one can feel even within a relationship.
Laura K., who stars in the video, is currently a graduate student at Harvard but she had a career before as a model. I had always been struck by her presence and I thought she would be great as the “isolated girl.” And, in speaking to Laura about this role, she suggested that we film her with her drawings that she had made while waiting for hours on end at casting calls when she was a model — her own time as a “isolated girl.”
Laura and I were shooting on the afternoon of the Harvard/Yale game and we drove by the area outside the Harvard Stadium where the tailgating parties had occurred earlier in the day — the debris was so incredible we stopped the car and got out and started filming. The game was still on and we could hear the cheers coming from the stadium — and as we finished up filming the game got out and the crowds hit the street — but it was perfect – the isolation in the crowd.
As for the kids, they are Anna Kotowicz and Valentina Marquez-Gültlingen — two best friends in real life. I thought that their friendship could be the “beautiful thing” in contrast to Laura’s isolation — maybe a memory, maybe the present, I wanted it to be ambiguous. . .