Virtuosity

Two local directors film the world through Miami eyes

Garcia plans to put out a DVD of his works -- videos that he has appeared in, like a clip for his recent single "None of Dem," or directed -- in the next several weeks. He has also submitted "Darkest Days" to Mun2 in hopes that the music channel will add the clip to its daily rotation of videos; it's under review. In the meantime you can see "Darkest Days" on Video Mixx, a music show that airs weekends on WVIB-TV, and at www.crazyhood.com.


From the desk of Mr. Basshead:If Garcia and Cegarra are precocious upstarts in music video production, then Chris Cunningham and Michael Gondry are its masters. The British-born Cunningham is best known for his video for Björk's "All is Full of Love," where two lesbian androids fuse themselves together through machinery and fluids; and Madonna's "Broken," a mysterious depiction of the Material Girl as a bewitching temptress. Gondry, for his part, recently won acclaim for his re-creation of the White Stripes as Lego toys in "Fell In Love With a Girl."

Both directors have collected their works with fellow auteur Spike Jonze (who graduated to feature films with Being John Malkovich) for the Directors Label, a new DVD series being issued through Palm Pictures. Gondry's playfully eclectic disc features twenty videos for artists like Daft Punk and the Chemical Brothers; childhood stories; a short film, "Pecan Pie," starring Jim Carrey; and a 75-minute documentary of his career. Cunningham's disc highlights considerably darker and more complex efforts. One short film, "Flex," finds two lovers fucking each other, then beating each other up; a popular video for Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" concentrates on a pair of garishly stereotyped gangstas -- one Mexican, the other black -- spouting out the word "nigga" in a nonstop, Tarantino-esque conversation. But hey, whatever floats your boat.

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