Films in Competition 2: Music Videos

  • Patch
  • Weak Connection
  • Father of Waters
  • Ten Degrees of Strange
  • Necrosis
  • Desolvido
  • Istashraktak
  • Isolate
  • Hand
  • After the Dance
  • Stonefruit
  • Money is the One True God
  • Twyla Tharp

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These contemporary music videos include bodily memories; communion with the neighbor; Port Phillip Bay; the black dog; necrotic cell death; an innocent peasant; a 16mm film; a pandemic-fueled essay; hand creatures; ritualism of relationships; a psychedelic video game; an unassuming lesbian shopper; the world’s currencies; and 1,200 hand-cut paper silhouettes.



Wei Huang

Music: Frankfurt Helmet

Shanghai, China | 2021 | 4 | 4K video

As an exported form of an immersive audiovisual performance by visual artist Wei Huang and musician Frankfurt Helmet, the short film Patch was made to recall the bodily memories of the pandemic and BLM protests in 2020.


Weak Connection

José Cardoso

Music: Boris Vian & Rey Vegui

Cuenca, Ecuador | 2021 | 5 | HD Video


In the midst of the pandemic, where technological shortcuts have kept us apart and the intimacies of human connection has been forbidden, the necessity of maintaining a healthy spirit and communion with others is fueled.


Father of Waters

Dirk de Bruyn

Music: The Benevolent Dictators

Melbourne, Australia | 2021 | 5 | HD Video


The time-lapse of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Australia responds to remembrance of the Mississippi River by this New York-based band.


Ten Degrees of Strange

Lynn Tomlinson

Music: Robert Macfarlane & Johnny Flynn

Owings Mills, MD | 2021 | 5 | HD Video

Transforming clay on glass, animation interprets a song by Robert Macfarlane and Johnny Flynn—a song about trying to outrun anxiety, seeking joy and strength in landscape and movement.



Paula Monesterolo

Music: Simon Grab

Buenos Aires, Argentina | 2021 | 4 | HD Video

Extensive plundering and pillage of resources, destruction of the natural habitat, toxic pollution, and an exponential acceleration of climatic imbalance lead to the last chapter of the Anthropocene era. In a state of panic and self-destruction, ravaged by new diseases, necrotic cell death starts occurring in human bodies in response to severe changes in physiological conditions.



Andrés Roa Ariza

Music: Edson Velandia & Adriana Lizcano

Armenia, Colombia | 2022 | 12 | 4K Video

This is the story of a family that represents the collective memory of a country that, for more than seventy years, has lived in war—which has resulted in more than 260,000 people killed and more than 8 million people displaced from their lands, as well as more than 80,000 missing Colombians. This piece represents the desire of all of Colombia to turn back time and live in a better and more peaceful country.



Erin Weisgerber

Music: Jerusalem In My Heart

Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), Canada | 2022 | 3 | 16 mm film


Featuring enigmatic, hand-processed images, and an a capella vocal with electronic processing, Istashraktak is a 16mm film created to accompany Jerusalem In My Heart’s Qalaq album track “Istashraktak.” When the album’s instrumental version is played together with the film, they combine to complete a vocal version of “Istashraktak.” The film is equally intentional with the stand-alone vocals.



Ryan Luzzo, Joey Meland, Madeline Whitesell, Kit Young

Music: uuskhy

Chicago, NYC, Tampa, Berkeley (by remote collaboration) USA | 2021 | 5 | HD Video

This project was initiated by composer Joey Meland. He gathered the director Madeline Whitesell, dancer Ryan Luzzo, and video artist Kit Young. Together they created an abstracted narrative based on the internal dialog one has with oneself when one is alone.



Tsz Wing Ho

Music: Mads Lindgren

Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China | 2021 | 5 | HD Video

A 2D abstract animation which is accompanied by the song “Sekktortjek Ft. Tone,” composed by Mads Lindgren. The idea of the work is to present the weird beauty of hand creatures composed of gestures, geometric shapes, and abstract patterns in order to create a surreal journey for the audience.


After The Dance

Shunsaku Hayashi

Music: An Alien Called Harmony

Osaka, Japan | 2022 | 3 | HD Video


This work is inspired by the realization that someone you thought you knew has changed in frightening ways. Our understanding of people is mediated by our own experience, limited, and the indirect ritualism of relationships is like dance or sport.



M. Musgrove

Music: Armand Hammer and The Alchemist

Brooklyn, NY | 2021 | 4 | HD Video


In this animated interpretation of “Stonefruit” a song from the critically acclaimed album Haram by Armand Hammer and The Alchemist—a psychedelic video game is complicated by an omnipotent hand. Your character is flawed and easily deceived, but resolute in their quest. Hawks carry off the skulls of the dead, all that glitters is not gold. The real and the virtual become seamless.



Rachel Garlin

Music: Rachel Garlin

San Francisco, CA | 2019 | 3 | HD Video

Lesbian mom of three faces the perils of shopping at a big box store during Pride month.


Money Is the One True God

Lachlan Turczan

Music: Blake Mills

Los Angeles, CA | 2021 | 7 | HD Video


A kaleidoscope of currency reveals what humans have valued over time. Hi-resolution scans of banknotes from 23 countries ranging from the 1800s to the modern day. Machine learning programs were used to further enhance the scans so that the filmmaker could zoom in on the intricacies of the engravings. Using replacement animation techniques, the guilloché patterns wash over the viewer.


Twyla Tharp

Kathleen Quillian

Music: Dylan Hicks

Oakland, CA | 2021 | 4 | HD Video

Animated music video made using digitally printed images and approximately 1,200 hand-cut paper silhouettes.