While last week’s Dam Short Film Festival featured a handful of Nevada-based films as well as shorts and documentaries from all over the world, it also showcased a different type of short film: music videos.
This year, the music video block featured shorts by bands from France, Japan and, of course, Las Vegas.
Soul singer B. Rose ignited the screen with the video for her song “Mr. E,” a track about men who won’t stop playing mind games. “Mr. E” is shot beautifully, with a wonderful color palette that features the talented singer alongside the film’s other subjects—a loving woman and her beau with a wandering eye—all captured inside a drool-worthy mid-mod Vegas home.
Vegas singer and guitarist Paige Overton showed the video for her song “Noose,” directed by Danny Chandia, which was made on a budget of $300. The dream-like film incorporates a handful of special effects—like Overton crashing in a covered wagon, sending her into a free-fall that lands her in a grave. The video also features cameos by local musicians Micah Malcolm and Jesse Pino as the ill-fated men who wronged her.
“Artificial” is an instrumental track by Vegas-based composer David Rosen. Directed by Ben Yonker, the short film tells the story of a woman in love with a scarecrow-like doll whose relationship goes awry when she leaves him for a human.
The music video block also featured Veags R&B singer Sabriel and the quirky, colorful film for her song “Lovely Way,” directed by Bradley Dunn.
Other notable films that weren’t from Nevada included the music video for “Femme Femme Femme,” by French band Pleins Phares (directed by Sébastien Bonfanti and Félix Métayer); Dragon Inn 3’s “Backstabber,” directed by Josh Pfaff; and “No Le Digan” by Carlos Medina, directed by Ryan “Kron” Thompson.