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The music video Sean directed for There Is No Mountain’s “Song of Seikilos” was recently accepted to the Portland Music Video Festival! On March 10th it played alongside a couple dozen other videos plucked from around the world to show at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre. This marked the first time Sean got to show his work at his favorite movie theater.
The screening was also notable because Sean had to ask the young boy sitting in front of him if he would turn off his iPad during the show. This made Sean reminisce about the days when he was a child and adults bemoaned how music videos were destroying the attention spans of a generation. Now, as an adult, the new “kids these days” have trouble making it through a music video without reaching for their devices.
Sean is pictured below contemplating this generational shift (photo by Shannon Neale).
Back in February, in the midst of our latest series of 29 Films in 29 Days, we were invited to show our 2008 experimental film PEEKABOO ROSE at 5th Avenue Cinema (as part of their digital documentary series). 5th Avenue Cinema is PSU’s student-run cinema and one of only a few venues left that still show 35mm films every week. The Willamette Week had a nice little mention of the event:
“[FLASHBACK FILM] Shot over the course of three days, the Whiteman brothers’ avant documentary Peekaboo Rose is a gorgeous look at Portland in 2008, certain to draw wonder, as well as inspire at least someone in the audience to bemoan how much the city has changed since then.”
We were hella stoked (et cet, et cet) to be invited at all but we were even more honored to be sharing the same calendar weekend as a rare film print of Cory McAbee’s The American Astronaut (a pillar-inspiration in the Whiteman Brothers brain trust) — in fact it was playing in the theater right next door during our Q&A. And here’s the film in full for those interested in playing a little Peekaboo at home.
The 2016 Edition of 29 Films in 29 Days is complete!
In 2008, we challenged ourselves to make a short video every day of the month. Since it happened to be a Leap Year, we decided to embrace the same challenge every time February hosts 29 days instead of 28.
This Leap Year, we tacked a theme onto the month: 29 “How To” video tutorials. Of course, we don’t really know anything, so these are not instructional; they are parodies of “How To” videos.
Browse our titles for Volume 3 of 29 Films in 29 Days.
Or if you know you want to watch the whole batch, start the video playlist below:
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