This is biased journalism by-and-by, a favor laid down about two weeks later than I wanted. We’re all busy, we never sleep, and no matter how hard we try, it feels like we’re letting some creative endeavor slip through the cracks. And it’s this nonstop leaching of the capitalist machine that leaves talented artists like Michael Reich asking for money on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter.
He recently spent two years grooming dogs just to support himself and his art and in the process wrote a film about dogs called She’s Allergic to Cats. He sums it up as Woody Allen + Dogs – Woody Allen, making it a weird, quirky, funny, romantic horror story.
You should help him out for more than a few reasons, maybe since his Kickstarter video is one of the best I’ve seen so far (this might be attributed by his ongoing collaboration with Michael Pinkney, a Mr. Bean-esque cinefile and literary savant whom I equally admire). And also because Michael will paint you a landscape of Woody Allen anywhere your want and he’ll do it in oil with a clandestine confession reminiscent of George W. Bush, but with more confidence in stroke. (Srsly can’t believe that sentence was possible: George W. Bush’s Paintings: Gallerist Gregg Shienbaum Analyzes Dubya’s Masterpieces)
Respect the pitch. It’s brief and commendable and has long hair. Guaranteed to be at least the fifth best thing you watch today.
Wow. That was fucking great. You can donate here.
Oh right, this is a music blog. Totally overlooked that. Michael Reich and Michael Pinkney are semi-renowned music video directors going by the moniker Michael/Michael. They are also half of Normal TV, a Los Angeles based production company, Normal.tv.
They directed some videos you should watch for bands you should listen to. This includes a video for Bad Religion, suggesting their professional credibility, though watching punks age is like watching Old Yeller get shot in slow motion so I’m reneging the link.
MUSIC VIDEOS BY MICHAEL/MICHAEL
The Soft Pack – “C’mon”
Respect the Stooges-ish simplicity, the flickering-found-footage aesthetic and the Reefer-Madness propagandistic editing.
The Shins – “Turn On Me”
Respect the collaboratation with the indie band everyone likes or refuses to admit they like.
Yuck – “Rubber” (NSFW)
Respect the dog grooming, and the reconstruction of male desire as a disgustingly animalistic obsession.
Again, you can support Michael and She’s Allergic to Cats over here: Kickstarter: She’s Allergic To Cats.
Something tells me that in ten years this could be the guy we’re lining up to see in Westwood, for a red carpet premiere of something wildly imaginative, wholly inventive, well cast and brilliantly portrayed. It’s like Michael’s in creative puberty. Let’s see him through the growing pains of a first film and towards a future that’s weird, mature and anxiously anticipated. Trust me, he’s got it in him.