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September 12, 2014

The Dove & The Wolf: The Words You Said

A Balearic-Hued Indian Summer for the Rising Duo

Apparitions of a sunshine romance haunt director Zack Spiger’s vision for “The Words You Said,” the latest release from Parisian singer-songwriters The Dove and the Wolf, aka Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard. “It's a story about a lost or unrequited love,” says London-based Spiger of the video’s hazy, saturated flashbacks. “When you try to relive that moment from one summer a long time ago that keeps haunting you.” Having honed his skill as a cinematographer, the filmmaker zoomed in on the island’s bucolic, rolling landscape, which meant hours waiting for the right light and the appearance of a custom fish tank on set to tackle the underwater shots. “In Ibiza you can't get underwater housings for cameras,” he says. “But it worked out well—by the end of the shoot we were swimming around in the pool with the tank, drinking beers and eating calamari.”

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Sabina: Viva L’Amour

The Brazilian Girls Singer Unveils a Pencil-on-Paper Collaboration with Artist Oliver Clegg

“We filmed Sabina in her flat in Paris and then used to footage to create the backbone of the video,” says British artist Oliver Clegg of his collaboration with Sabina Sciubba on “Viva L’Amour.” Marking the release of the lead singer of avant-garde electro-punk outfit Brazilian Girls’ debut solo album, Toujours, this is his first foray into moving-image, made with the New York design studio, Eyeball. “I met Sabina ten years ago at Nublu in the East Village, NYC when the Brazilian Girls were playing regularly on Sunday nights at the venue,” says Clegg, whose work has showcased at Art Basel Miami, Saatchi Gallery and Venice Biennale. The animation uses rotoscoping, invented in 1915 by Max Fleicher, in which stills of a film are traced in a broken sequence to give an animated, hand-drawn quality. “I wanted the piece to be full of contrasts—humorous yet sincere, childlike yet sophisticated, direct yet enigmatic, says Clegg. “The choice of drawing was part of this consistency of opposites: the desire to create dimension and conceptual spaces out of the simplest descriptive tool available, the line.”

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Club Kuru: All the Days

Sun-Kissed Fragments on the Adriatic Coast from Director Danny Sangra

“We were staying on a cliff that over looked the ocean,” says Danny Sangra of filming on the romantic hillside roads and beaches of Trieste in northeastern Italy. “Everywhere we went you could see houses hidden on the hillsides. Almost everything looked like a perfect setting for a film.” Starring Laurie Erskine—whose crystalline R&B track “All the Days” is his first under the Club Kuru moniker—and Icelandic model Sif Agustsdottir, the video references the feel of Dario Argento’s oeuvre, The Graduate, and the styling of The Talented Mr Ripley. “I wanted to make something non-linear, more like 1960s Italian experimental filmmaking,” says Sangra, who has directed films for A$AP Rocky, Metronomy and Mykki Blanco. At Erskine's behest, the artist and filmmaker based the fragmented nature of the video on ‘Kuru,’ a disease specific to Papua New Guinea that causes physiological and neurological effects, opening it with long, sun-dappled memories before things deteriorate into chaos.

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