As conceptual events go, the Music Video Race is pretty solid. Like the tagline says:
20 music videos.
1 kick-ass party.
To explain just a little bit more: 20 bands and 20 filmmakers go in, but only one comes out.
Nah, I’m just bullshittin. The deal is: 20 bands and 20 filmmakers will get paired up randomly, and have one weekend to create a music video (May 18-20). The following weekend, on May 27, all of the videos are screened at Rickshaw Stop, and music industry types choose the winners, who stand to win fabulous prizes.
To get the real down-and-dirty scoop, hit the jump for an interview with Tim Lillis, whom some of you might know as the bassist of local post-rock powerhouse Microfiche. The Music Video Race is his baby, along with his partner Jacquelyn Marker, and he tells us all about it.
Bay Bridged: OK, so what is Music Video Race?
Tim Lillis: First off, thanks for giving us the opportunity to discuss Music Video Race with the fine folks at The Bay Bridged. This interview was conducted over email while Tim was in San Francisco and Jacquelyn in Australia with less than ideal internet access. So the answers are Tim’s unwieldy attempt to synthesize Jacquelyn’s thoughts with his own. Sorry for the inevitable grammatical nightmares.
It’s an all-new filmmaking and music event debuting this May in San Francisco. We’re pairing up 20 musical acts with 20 filmmakers to make 20 Videos in one weekend. The following Sunday, we’re doing a screening at the Rickshaw Stop.
BB: Where did the idea for the Music Video Race come from?
TL: Jacquelyn and I were headed out to a show and just chatting over a beer beforehand. We were going to see Mister Heavenly, who have Michael Cera on bass, so maybe the video/music theme was already in the air. Jacquelyn and I had worked on a 48 Hour Film Project together before, and we both work in video professionally, she on Mythbusters and I as a freelance art guy. I’ve been playing music forever, always trying to think of cool ways to incorporate music into things, and things into music, so the idea just kind of came up with itself. We knew it could be done, and then just figured out over the next few months what exactly IT would be.
We live in a time where access to music recording gear and quality cameras is really astounding and we’re seeing a lot of Bay Area creatives experimenting and coming up with amazing things. Music Video Race provides a platform to get tons of local talent in the same room and see what happens.
BB: What bands and filmmakers are signed up so far?
TL: As far as bands go, right now we can announce the totally rockin’ WATERS, featuring Van Pierszalowski from Port O’Brien; the face-melting metal band Cormorant; Mist Giant, an electro post-rock band with a really rich textured sound and super cool beats