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FAR - 8 Music Films, 8 Directors, 8 Weeks

A really innovative and innovative concept for the production of thematically and visually connected music films, organised by the acclaimed rock band - Filligar with students from USCs School of Cinematic Arts in L.A.

8 thematically and visually connected videos set to music


FAR: a series of eight thematically and visually connected music films. Beginning 3/2/10 one film will be released every Tuesday for eight weeks. These films were written and directed by seven student filmmakers from USCs School of Cinematic Arts in L.A. and one graduate film student from DePaul in Chicago. The 8 videos were produced by Alice Mathias, also a USC grad student. FAR will culminate in the release of a new Filligar album in May. The 8 Directors: Alice Mathias Brian Brown Pete Mignin Giles Andrew Andy Landen Joselito Seldera Jeff Hersh Meredith Upchurch


"Filligar, the acclaimed rock band that contributed their music to Far, encouraged the eight directors to do whatever they wanted with these films–– without any revisions or requirements.  As Filligar's drummer Pete Mathias puts it: "We were just there to help–– whether they needed us to act in the videos, or to help set up lights or make lunch... we'd do whatever it took to get the job done." The only narrative requirement imposed by (Three One Two) was that all of the videos be connected to one another.  "

Links

Website:
http://filligar.com/far

View videos on FAR's youtube channel
Far Youtube channel


Press Release

Indie rock band Filligar launches Far
“DIY” audio-visual collaboration with film students from around the world CHICAGO— On March 2, (Three One Two) Productions will release Far, a series of eight thematically and visually connected videos set to music from indie rock band Filligar's most recent album, “Near or Far,” recorded at the renowned Gravity Studios. 
These eight music videos, which are more like a wild series of interconnected short films, were written and directed by seven film students from USCʼs School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and one graduate film student from DePaul in
Chicago.  Beginning on March 2, one music video will be released every Tuesday for eight weeks through their website www.filigar.com and other online platforms at Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and the Filligar iPhone application.  Project Far willculminate in the release of a new Filligar album in May. 
(Three One Two) Productions is a young partnership of musicians, writers, and filmmakers who are all students or recent college graduates, and therefore have limited financial resources. From its earliest stage, Far  was designed to involve locations, actors, equipment, and props to which the collaborators already had access.  One film was shot at the bands' grandparentsʼ home in Michigan, others
guerilla-style in Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles.  For the Hounds video (which required lots of extras in the wilderness), the crew road tripped from Chicago to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. There, dozens of students took a study break to dress up as animals and dance in the culminating scene of the video.
The producer of Far, Alice Mathias, an MFA student at USC and the older sister of the three brothers in Filligar, managed significant discounts and even donations on 16mm film, a Bolex camera, a Sony EX3, a RED camera package—and perhaps more importantly, tons of bizarre costumes.  Everyone involved in Far recruited classmates and friends from across the country to help edit, shoot, gaff, and act in these videos.  The final scene of The Willows video features a bar full of USC Film students dressed as former US Presidents.  The directors themselves also appear in one anothers' videos. 
Filligar, the acclaimed rock band that contributed their music to Far, encouraged the eight directors to do whatever they wanted with these films–– without any revisions or requirements.  As Filligar's drummer Pete Mathias puts it: "We were just there to help–– whether they needed us to act in the videos, or to help set up lights or make lunch... we'd do whatever it took to get the job done." The only narrative requirement imposed by (Three One Two) was that all of the videos be connected to one another. 

The eight directors (Giles Andrew, Brian Brown, Jeff Hersh, Andy Landen, Alice Mathias, Pete Mignin, Joselito Seldera, Meredith Upchurch) therefore collaborated when developing their stories–– with the aim of featuring reoccurring images, themes, props, and actors.  Each component of Far is stylistically distinct, yet somehow part of the whole.

Filligar is Pete Mathias, Johnny Mathias, Casey Gibson, and Teddy Mathias
Press Contacts
Alice Mathias                                                                                                            
(Three One Two) Productions                                                                    
three.one.two.productions@gmail.com                                                                            
(312) 848 9766 (US number)