WEEKEND: Monday Morning
This long format music video tells the story of a small American town in the 1990's, regular in every way, except for one thing. All the water is black. Showers, garden hoses, slip + slides, all of it comes out jet black.
The town doesn't seem to be bothered, or even notice on this warm summer day.
Is this an alternative reality? Or is this an allegorical tale about comfort in the undeniable toxicity of our everyday lives?
Directed by Kevin Johnson and Shaun Durkan Produced by Ryan Uzilevsky
Cinematography by Ryan Uzilevsky and Gabriel Valencia
Edited by Marco Svizzero
The opportunity to stage a performance while the legendary venue was under its once in a life time state of construction, including the giant chasm of a hole in the ceiling, offered it self as a shooting environment that could not be passed up.
The music track 'Howling' by RYX remixed by Klautsch, gave Ryan and Anya the rest of the inspirational cues for the extended choreographed performance, pace, and structure.
The idea for the production was conceived by band mates and child hood friends Kevin Johnson and Shaun Durkan. Kevin Johnson is the brother of film director Ryan Uzilevsky, who was then contacted to help put the shoot together and flesh out some of their ideas. Ryan Uzilevsky created the storyboards and hired an additional camera operator. The location of Novato, California was selected because it was the actual childhood town of all three of the filmmakers who grew up there in the 80's and 90's.
The cast was made up of Singer and Guitar Player for the band, Shaun Durkan's family. His younger brother's and sisters, their friends, and extended families. Shaun's Mom, and filmmaker Ryan Uzilevsky even make a guest performance in a couple shots.
The film was released by the band's record label Slumberland Records as part of the bands widely acclaimed album 'Sports'