America’s Brightest Pop Hope Spotlights Youth Culture Clans in a New Film
Actress, model and singer Sky Ferreira stars in unsettling art-house short IRL, an eye-opening look into the reality of young life in New York. The film is the directorial debut from Grant Singer, best known for crafting music videos for acts such as Diiv, Tamaryn and Ferreira herself. Scripted by V magazine’s Patrik Sandberg, the Los Angeles-native takes the lead as Angel, a party girl fallen into paranoia and disenchantment. “Patrik was adamant about casting Sky as the lead before I’d ever met her,” recalls Singer who went on to make the video for the singer’s hit “Everything Is Embarassing.” “I met her shortly thereafter and was blown away. She’s breathtaking, and beneath the surface there’s a real depth to her. I was sold on the spot.” The zeitgeist-nailing short features a stellar cast of NYC’s most compelling characters, such as former Throbbing Gristle frontman Genesis P-Orridge, performance artist Whitney Vangrin and songwriter and model Liza Thorn. Today’s excerpt shows Ferreira talking about love with her onscreen boyfriend, model and former soldier Chris Wetmore, a favorite of Hedi Slimane’s. Later this year Ferreira is set to make her major motion picture debut in Eli Roth’s rainforest horror The Green Inferno and release her long-awaited first album I Will. “The internet and social networking has been around for most of my life,” muses Ferreira about the film and its acronymic title that takes inspiration from chat room speak. “I’ve also had times where I felt like I outgrew my friends and suddenly felt like a stranger [as Angel does in the film].” Here, the singer of the moment separates the real from the virtual.
Angel or devil?
Blondie or Madonna?
Blonde ambition. Double meaning?
Boys with cropped hair or long locks?
Depends on the boy.
Going out or staying in?
Love or lust?
NY or LA?
P-Orridge or Bizkit?
Pop or underground?
Virtual or IRL?
Bright Young Talent From Solange to Haim Are Caught Behind the Scenes of Festival Season
The marriage of female vocals and electronic music has been riding high since Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte introduced Donna Summer to the Moog synthesizer back in the 1970s, and girl-led acts like Blue Hawaii and Empress Of are showing this on the 2013 festival circuit. Shot here at SXSW (Austin, Texas) and Coachella (Indio, California) by photographer Laura Coulson—who also caught up with Solange, Jessie Ware, Sasha Spielberg, Haim's Alana and Io Echo's Ioanna Gika—these women are proving the four-boys-in-a-band model a thing of the past. Spielberg, who sings in Wardell, is reminiscent of a young Grace Slick; here the band's track “Eli” accompanies the series of portraits. “Seeing all of the girls and their bands live got me really excited and spurred me on to document what I feel is a huge year for girls in music,” explains Coulson. “My unofficial theme was, 'girls who are killing it in 2013'. But quite simply, all of these artists are making really powerful and important music that people should be excited about.” We reached out to a selection of the talent to suss out their influences.
The Queens of Noize DJ Recreates an Ecstatic Catalan Experience
Traditional fireworks, fairground rides and giant bubbles blend with club-style dancing in filmmaker Tabitha Denholm’s exuberant video shot during Barcelona’s La Mercè fiesta. “When I was modeling, I was sent there alone on a job while the festival was going on,” explains Denholm of her fascination with the series of explosive and colorful events. “It was quite a Lost in Translation experience and I wanted to recreate that in a filmette.” In addition to making videos for bands such as Florence and the Machine and Ladyhawke, and fashion labels including Markus Lupfer and Tory Burch, Denholm has traveled the world DJing at festivals as part of the duo Queens of Noize. For this shoot, she was accompanied by a skeleton crew of producer Laura Coulson, stylist Madeleine Østlie and 18-year-old Danish model Sylvester Ulv, who has recently appeared in editorials from Dazed & Confused and i-D. The annual Catalan carnival has been celebrated each September since the Middle Ages and was made an official city holiday in 1871; it showcases local entertainment from parades of papier maché giants (gegants I capgrossos in Catalán) and local folk dance (sardana) to a pyrotechnic display by individuals dressed as devils that run through the crowd (correfoc). Denholm has used her cut-and-paste background as a DJ to good effect: her young male protagonist frolics in a medieval rave to "Sandstone" by the San Francisco-based Tamaryn. “This one is a bit of a mash-up,” she says of La Mercè. “All the Catalan traditions were bundled together after Franco, so it's got many different elements aesthetically.”