Queens of The Stone Age man Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions collective have revealed two brand new music videos in collaboration with the New York Film Academy.
Having visited students at the NYFA’s campus in Los Angeles, Homme invited two of the esteemed school’s alumni filmmakers Gabriele Fabbro and Jonathan Samukange to direct clips for ‘If You Run’ and ‘Move Together’ respectively.
Italian filmmaker Gabriele Fabbro took on the acoustic beauty ‘If You Run’ and he manages to create a haunting exploration of violence told through the eyes of a curious young woman which Fabbro says was inspired by deadly attacks on European journalists: “I used to read a lot of news about murders, especially on European newspapers,” he explained. “I remember one in particular that happened in a cornfield. That article came to mind while hearing ‘If You Run.’”
The filmmaker added: “With this music video I want to touch themes such as ‘femicide’, ‘chase for justice’, ‘innocent curiosity vs violence’. But on top, I want to play with existential fear. The fear of being powerless. Every tool in the video, from the shakiness of the handheld shots to the distorted sound of the radio, serves to exaggerate this fear.”
Filmmaker Jonathan Samukange on the other hand, went down a wholly different route and re-imagined ‘Move Together’ as the soundtrack to a psychedelic spin on the story of Adam and Eve. In his statement on the video, Samukange says: “I wanted to create a seamless balance between computer graphics and reality. I want my audience to escape into a time capsule, following the tragic love story of Adam and Eve.”
The clip was filmed in the director’s home country of Zimbabwe, the video enlisted residents of an entire village and used the region’s stunning natural landscape which acted as the perfect backdrop, he added: “This idea is completely nuts, but it is also grounded in reality with themes of love, togetherness, collaboration, betrayal, and even brainwashing.”
Watch the clips, below.