A few months ago I made a couple of cool little videos for a MTV.com as part of their upcoming series, $5 Cover: Seattle, directed by Lynn Shelton. They were looking for filmmakers to do some fun, documentary-style videos on some topic around the Seattle music scene.
My videos were about Verellen Amps – a shop in Seattle that builds custom tube amplifier that’s run by and for musicians. It has a sweet guitar performance by Dave Knudsen of Minus the Bear. That one’s called “Tube Addiction.” The other one is “Seattle’s Vortex,” about a rehearsal space crammed into an industrial park in Seattle’s North End that serves as an practice space/second home/band incubator for a lot of talented emerging bands like Three Chord Killer, Underdose, The Mercury Rising, and Achilles Fall.
The project just hit the Seattle Times. Here’s an excerpt:
PARK CITY, Utah — Seattle filmmakers have created a love letter to the city’s music scene — an MTV series called “$5 Cover: Seattle.” They’re sharing it with the world via the network’s Web site this spring, but gave audiences an early look at the Sundance Film Festival this week.
“$5 Cover: Seattle” is a sprawling project melding film and music and delivered via the Internet. At its heart are a dozen short movies, directed by Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, featuring area bands like The Moondoggies and The Maldives.
And then way down at the end of the article, they mention:
Shelton’s films make up one leg of the three-part project: Seattle moviemaker John Jeffcoat (“Outsourced”) created short documentaries introducing the bands. And local director Sue Corcoran organized the “B-sides,” 22 shorts made by 18 local documentarians that give tastes of Seattle’s diverse cultural scene — from sculpture to burlesque dancing.
Hey, that’s me! Apparently, I’m a “local documentarian” because I made two of those “B-Sides.” Now, does anyone know what a “B-Side” is? Does it go beside the main show? Or is it like the single on the flip-side of the vinyl record where the lamer (or once in a while much cooler) song resides? And if there’s this documentary from John Jeffcoat, wouldn’t that make these little videos “C-Sides”?
Anyway, it was a fun shoot. Just me and Mark Simon. Don’t ask me the air-date. They don’t tell me anything important like that. Once it drops, I’ll post it here. The videos will be on MTV.com, but I’ll have them here in HD.