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Sai Selvarajan's 'Hall of Death' Music Video Faces Life’s Inevitable Outcome with Wild Exuberance

The concept for Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeny's music video was borne out of the Lucky Post editor's desire to impart a sense of wonder and youthful reckless abandon as a complement to the song’s poetic majesty

Sai Selvarajan's 'Hall of Death' Music Video Faces Life’s Inevitable Outcome with Wild Exuberance

Directed and edited by Lucky Post's Sai Selvarajan, and co-directed by Jeff Bednarz, comes the new Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney music video 'Hall of Death', facing life’s inevitable outcome with a wild exuberance; the frolic and romp of kids who aim to outrun fate, like a massive game of freeze tag where the loser will remain unmoving forever.

The 'Hall Of Death' video is in advance of the April 2021 album, 'Superwolves', by the duo of Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Matt Sweeney, to be released by Drag City Records.

Sai Selvarajan previously collaborated with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bill Callahan on two videos (editor on 'Blackness of the Night' and director / editor on 'Miracles'), which led to this recent collaboration.

The concept for 'Hall of Death' was borne out of Sai’s desire to impart a sense of wonder and youthful reckless abandon as a complement to the song’s poetic majesty. He and fellow director, Jeff, took a small but mighty crew to the woods, filming sibling actors, Amalie and Etienne Vargas, as they galavant through the isolated environs.

A Niger-based ensemble was filmed by Mikey Colton, with Sweeney and Billy capturing their cameos on their iPhones. Sai then united these elements in the edit to create a story that is both curious and hopeful. 


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Music

Artists: Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney

Written by: Ahmadou Madassane, Will Oldham, and Matt Sweeney

Performed by: Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy with the Mdou Moctar ensemble

Production

Starring: Amalie and Etienne Vargas

Director: Sai Selvarajan & Jeff Bednarz

Producer: Brandon Tapp

Cinematograper: Mark Thomas

Production Design: Ian Kasnoff

Location Manager: Joey Kendall

Post Production

Editor: Sai Selvarajan

Post Production Supervisor: Kendall Kendall

Colour Correction: Neil Anderson

Visual Effects: Seth Olson & Jake Odgers

Assistant Editor: Lara Tillotson

Category: Music video , Short Films and Music Videos