20 best music videos of 2013

i've compiled my 20 favorite music videos of the past year. grab a drink, turn up the volume, and enjoy these total audiovisual triumphs.

20/

tim heckler - black refraction

dir. sabrina ratté

19/

autre ne veut - ego free sex free

dir. allie avital tsypin

18/

jackson scott - sandy

dir. tyler floro

17/

chance the rapper - everybody's something

dir. austin vesely

16/

haim - the wire

dir. jonathan lia

15/

factory floor - fall back

dir. kit fitzgerald & factory floor

14/

kitty - florida

dir. kinda neat

13/

arcade fire - afterlife (youtube awards live)

dir. spike jonze

12/

shugo tokumaru

dir. kijek/adamski

11/

duck sauce - it's you

dir. philip andelman

10/

cat power - manhattan

dir. greg hunt

9/

glass candy - beautiful object

dir. alberto rossini

8/

fka twigs - water me

dir. jesse kanda

7/

dillon francis - without you

dir. mister whitmore & devon gibbs

6/

yamantaka//sonic titan - one

dir. derrick belcham

5/

sky ferreira - lost in my bedroom

dir. grant singer

4/

fuck buttons - red wing

dir. andrew hung

3/

fiona apple - hot knife

dir. paul thomas anderson

2/

vampire weekend - step

dir. greg brunkalla

1/

bob dylan - like a rolling stone (2013)

dir. vania heymann

IMAGES FROM MAKOTO

Here are a few stills from my new film MAKOTO: OR, HONESTY, which is personal documentary in post-production. Shot over two weeks this past winter in Hawaii, this film was produced for Visual Communications' Armed with a Camera fellowship.

Makoto: or, Honesty is a personal documentary exploring my father's death and the emotional resonances it had on myself and other family members. A stylistically abstract tone poem, this film is about breaking the silence and speaking about the unspoken.

 

OBAKE ON MNET'S SHORT NOTICE

Check out Obake on the final episode of MNET's Short Notice, which includes a short interview with me -- which I am WAY too self-conscious to actually watch. Just the idea of this whole thing makes me cringe. (But obviously not enough to NOT pimp it out to the world... Self promotion is a real pain in the ass, isn't it?)

Chris

MAKOTO: OR, HONESTY

I am very excited to be a part of this year's Armed with a Camera fellowship put on by Visual Communications. This winter, with the help of Visual Communications, I will be returning to Hawaii to direct a short experiemental documentary that will be very personal in nature. It is still in its very infant stages of development but will be called "Makoto: Or, Honesty" and will deal with death and mourning in paradise. Stay tuned for more details.

Chris

EAST COAST PREMIERE OF OBAKE

After a trio of successful screenings in the past two months -- Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest, Palm Springs International ShortsFest, San Antonio Film Festival -- Obake will be making it's East Coast premiere at the DC Shorts Film Festival this Sept!

Information on the screening can be found here: http://dcshorts.com/films/showcase-4/

East coasters, come on out! I am planning to be in attendance for the first screening on Sept 6th.

Chris

HELLO HAWAII PT. 2

Tickets are now on-sale for OBAKE at HIFF. We've been working like crazy to get the film finished in time. We will. And we hope to see you all there.

http://www.hiff.org/program/films/detail/obake_2011

Also! Some of you might be interested in filmmaking, distribution, or maybe you just like hearing people you may or may not know talk shop. For you, there will be a free panel on which I will be one of the participants. It is on the current and future state of cinema in Hawaii. Did I say free?

http://www.hiff.org/program/films/detail/state_of_the_local_creative_2011

And! For all you doc lovers, a feature documentary that I was an editor on, ALOHA BUDDHA, is also making its world premiere at this year's HIFF. ALOHA BUDDHA tells the story of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii (Issei, Nisei, Sansei...) through their religion, Japanese Buddhism -- a religion on the brink of being lost forever in the islands. It is a story definitely worth hearing.

http://www.hiff.org/program/films/detail/aloha_buddha_2011

Chris

Hello Hawaii

About a month ago, Anderson Le, programmer of the Hawaii International Film Festival, watched an early rough cut of OBAKE and strongly urged me to finish the film in time for the festival in October. HIFF is a festival that I adore, one I've been attending since I was young, and a HIFF premiere was always the goal. But there was still so much to do. So I took a week off of work, bought the cheapest ticket I could find, and here I am, back home, shooting pick-ups, recording ADR and so super stoked to announce that OBAKE will be having its world premiere at the 2011 Hawaii International Film Festival.

For the many of you who are here in Hawaii, I would love to see you all there.

The film screens on Sunday October 16, 1:00pm. It screens as a part of a shorts program which means that for the price of one ticket you get 9 films. Sweet deal.

http://www.hiff.org/program/films/detail/obake_2011

And spread the word! Bring your friends, family, lovers of all ilk. Tickets go on-sale in a couple of weeks.

More information coming very soon.

DESTINATIONS

Our shoot dates are set, tickets are bought, minds are convening. We are assembling an all-star cast and crew -- including a handful of Layover, on the Shore alums. Our destination: the north shore of Hawaii in late-June.

Speaking of Layover, on the Shore, we've had two wonderful screenings this past month: one at the USC First Look festival where it was very well received, and another at the Big Island Film Festival where it was awarded the Golden Honu Award for Best Hawaiian Short. Fantastic news all around.

We are ready.

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20% PAST OUR GOAL

The masses came out in full force, and I am thrilled to say that not only did we reach our kickstarter goal, we surpassed it by a large amount. This is great news and will help our production run that much more smoothly. Beyond that, I'm so glad to have the support of all of you that pledged. Thank you.

I will be posting updates on the production to our Facebook page. Click it:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Obake-A-Short-Film-by-Christopher-Makoto-Yogi/206970885980519

Thank you all,

Chris