Miami Video Week: ‘Believer’, ‘Wereman’, ‘Color Blast’

By | May 13th, 2011 | 10 Comments

This was a productive week for Miami videography with arresting vids premiering here, there, and everywhere. First we have Miami artist Jen Stark’s “Believer”, a stop-motion journey through a paper kaleidoscope that is definitely not for the easily dizzied. Featuring music by Dan Deacon, co-mastermind of unsurpassable internet vid “Drinking Out Of Cups”, and clocking in at more than five minutes, “Believer” is Stark’s most ambitious “papermation” work to date. She made it for an exhibition called “Double Rainbow Rainbow”, which opened at Toronto’s Show & Tell Gallery on Thursday and also features work by painter Maya Hayuk. Check out Stark’s Vimeo channel for similar but shorter clips dating as far back as 2005.

Next up: Allegedly Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Rachel Goodrich (who pops up in her hometown of Miami seemingly every other weekend) sticks with the Halloween theme with her “MonstA Mash” followup, “Wereman”. The video may contain one too many hipsterisms — cutesy eye darting, retro toy cameo, home-video-circa-Wonder-Years aesthetic — but, as with much of Goodrich’s music, the song is catchy and getting her publicity. According to Teen Vogue, “Wereman” will appear on Goodrich’s next album, due out in late 2011/early 2012.

Finally, we have my favorite video released this week, “Color Blast!”, a collaboration between New York photographer Alexandra Roxo and local musician/filmmaker Jorge Rubiera. Now this is essentially a commercial for Vintage Mavens, Rubiera’s wife’s online clothing store. But God damn me if it isn’t a rad commercial. A sensual supernova of color and music, “Color Blast!” achieves what few advertisements do: It captivates without activating one’s contempt for commercialism. Hell, this commercial — described, in a stretch, as a “short” — is actually rewatchable. As you will now see. (FYI: The model in “Color Blast!” is Shareen Sarwar, Ruberia’s missus.)

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10 Comments on “Miami Video Week: ‘Believer’, ‘Wereman’, ‘Color Blast’”

  1. 1 William said at 11:09 am on May 13th, 2011:

    Sounds like Rachel had a run in with Beach Fossils. I like.

  2. 2 JR said at 9:10 pm on May 13th, 2011:

    Thanks for the high praise! Surely an honor to be in such ranks with Jen and Rachel.

    Just wanted to mention the music was made by our dear friend and able dub-stepper Adames. His most recent album is free to download at our record label’s website:

    rottweilerfarm.com

    Cheers!
    JR

  3. 3 Shareen said at 12:02 pm on May 14th, 2011:

    You guys are so sweet. Thank you for the kind words. Love Jen and Rachel’s videos – thanks for sharing.

  4. 4 ARoxo said at 12:08 pm on May 14th, 2011:

    Thanks for the kind words!

  5. 5 yellowb said at 2:32 pm on May 14th, 2011:

    who are the beach fossils?

    i couldn’t afford a real camera
    so i used my phone

    hipster
    or
    cheap?

  6. 6 Jordan Melnick said at 3:19 pm on May 14th, 2011:

    Hipster.

  7. 7 yellowb said at 3:33 am on May 15th, 2011:

    love

  8. 8 yellowb said at 12:27 pm on May 15th, 2011:

    “toy cameo”
    an ode to tinker toys

    so cool…it’s hip..ster
    i get it

  9. 9 yellowb said at 12:36 pm on May 15th, 2011:

    lack of thought and words.
    soon you won’t be able to blame it on hipsterism.
    stop being lazy!

  10. 10 Jordan Melnick said at 12:49 pm on May 15th, 2011:

    huh?


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