Nitehawk Shorts Festival 2023: MUSIC DRIVEN
Run Time: 97 min. Format: DCP
Back again is the NSF version of our long running monthly series Music Driven. This year’s edition continues to push boundries musically and visually. It also serves as another reminder that we’re in a new golden age of the music video. The selection is diverse as always and features more group and full band efforts then in years past. Sincerity is a real common thread with this year’s selection and we’re grateful to be able to share these with you on the big screen.
Post-Screening Q&A moderated by John Woods, Nitehawk Cinema
BRIGHT EYES’ “MARIANA TRENCH”
Art Camp / U.S. / 2020 / 4 min. / English
Composed of 2,200 hand-illustrated ink paintings based on original 3D animation and archival, this is a story about imagining that everything could be new.
MITSKI’S “STAY SOFT”
Maegan Houang / U.S. / 2021 / 4 min. / English
Inspired by Romanticism and artwork from the Victorian era, violence lurks beneath the surface in this fabricated world.
Haoyan of America / U.S. / 2022 / 5 min. / English
“Geometry” is the final single from Rubblebucket’s new album, EARTH WORSHIP.
Julian Turner / U.S. / 2022 / 18 min. / English
In the early 1960s, a budding soul music label brings in a savvy group of local teenage musicians to offer feedback and inspiration to its early signees.
SU LEE’S “SUPPER HAPPY”
Bettina Campomanes / U.S. / 2022 / 3 min. / English, Korean, Spanish
S dreams of a happiness outside the confines of her mind.
HANG OUT 2DAY
Sam Grinberg / U.S. / 2022 / 0.5 min.
Wake, Hang, Repeat / An entire suburban summer experience packed into 30 seconds for your viewing and re-viewing pleasure.
GERRY & THE MANDERS “HOW DOES ANYBODY SLEEP?”
Jim Lopezzo / U.S. / 2022 / 3 min. / English
A music video for the director’s “band”, HDAS? was shot, performed, and edited entirely by the director in his apartment in Jersey City for a budget of $125.
LUSH’S “BIG OAK TREE”
Allison Radomski / U.S. / 2022 / 5 min. / English
The official music video for “Big Oak Tree” by Lush
FREE NOIR PAPILLON
Lev Omelchenko, PhaeMonae / U.S. / 2020 / 11 min. / English
A short dance film about a mother’s relationship to her pregnancy, as she deals with fear and hope about bringing a black baby boy into the world in 2020.
FOREVER HONEY’S “SATELLITE”
Liv Price / U.S. / 2021 / 5 min. / English
A group of misfits, who have recently fixated on being the first rock band to complete a space expedition, debut a new song…and, more importantly, new identity.
SECTIONTOO’S “BLACK THING”
William Breen / U.S. / 2022 / 3 min. / English
The official video for sectiontoo’s “Black Thing” off his new album “Heaven Only Knows.”
NYC.LIVE’s “ROMEO + JULIET”
Joseph Robert Redl / U.S. / 2022 / 3 min. / English
5:29AM – somewhere in nyc.
Mario Rubén Carrión / U.S. / 2022 / 14 min. / English
Two NYC DJs at a record shop search for a rare salsa record, where a clerk shares their love of Caribbean music. As the day unfolds, dynamics begin to surface.
Jaboukie Young-White / U.S. / 2022 / 3 min. / English
Jaboukie’s debut single, BBC.
RARE: THE BOY WHO CRIED SWAG
King She / U.S. / 2022 / 5 min. / English
In the aftermath of BLM, the self-reflective, depressive Rico Sanche, brother of Raphael Briscoe, contemplates the tragic death and summons the will to live.
TOVE LO’S “GRAPEFRUIT”
Lisette Donkersloot / U.S. / 2022 / 4 min. / English
In the powerfully personal ‘Grapefruit’, Tove Lo confronts the eating disorder she suffered as a teenager for the first time.
Ricardo Villavicencio / U.S. / 2022 / 5 min. / English
Humans uploaded their brains to the cloud and left their bodies behind; a generation of headless ones must learn to live without the mind to begin a new world.