Director's Label: In honor of last week's release of Palm Pictures Director's Label Box Set, we're giving away some fantastic prizes!
- 1st place prizes will be the signed DVD Box Sets signed by Chris Cunningham, Michael Gondry & Spike Jonze!
- 2nd place prize packs will consist of the following DVDs:
- Tom Dowd & The Language of Music
- Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator
In October of 2003, Palm Pictures, in collaboration with Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, announced an innovative new DVD brand, The Director’s Label. This DVD series showcases each director’s unique projects, which includes a compilation of music videos, shorts, commercials, documentaries, in addition to other exclusive features by the directors such as never before seen rare footage and unreleased audio and video commentary. The Director’s Label debuted with The Work of Director Spike Jonze, The Work of Director Chris Cunningham and The Work of Director Michel Gondry. Now available for the first time together, this series will be offered in a special Collector’s Edition Box Set. The set includes the 3 Director’s Label programs (each accompanied by their individual 52-page books), a bonus DVD featuring new work from Spike and Michel and a collectible, double-sided poster featuring an original “exquisite corpse” illustration by all three directors on one side and an exclusive design by Chris Cunningham on the other.
The bonus DVD contains:
- Rarely seen music videos directed by Jonze for Weezer and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Spike Jonze’s short film excerpt, Invisible Boards
- Michel Gondry’s original short, Ossamuch! - Kishu & Co. and video for The Willowz
- Excerpts from an in-store panel featuring all three directors discussing the Director’s Label. Moderated by Ty Evans (director of Yeah Right!)
The Directors Label Series Box Set will be available on November 16, 2004 for $59.98 SRP and has an approximate combined running time of 930 minutes.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Spike Jonze’s feature films (Adaptation & Being John Malkovich) have demonstrated a unique sense of comedy and originality that can also be seen in his music videos: the Grammy® Award Winning Fatboy Slim clip "Weapon of Choice" (Christopher Walken dancing through a hotel with wild abandon); Björk's "It's Oh So Quiet" (a Busby Berkeley-inspired song and dance); Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" (the band portraying multiple characters in a fictional '70s cop show); and Weezer's "Buddy Holly" (Weezer performing at Al's Drive-In on the set of Happy Days). The Work of Director Spike Jonze also includes three 30-minute-plus documentaries: Torrance Rises, the story of the Torrance Dance Community's preparation and eventual performance at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards with Fatboy Slim; Amarillo By Morning, a documentary about young rodeo riders in Houston, Texas; and What's Up Fatlip?, a film about former Pharcyde member Fatlip.
French-born Michel Gondry is known for his visually groundbreaking imagery and re-interpretations of reality. A former drummer, his first collaboration with Björk for "Human Behaviour" (featuring Björk as a hunter who eventually winds up inside a bear's stomach), helped revive what was then a dwindling music video industry, and went on to win nearly every music video award. The project sparked a creative relationship between Gondry and Björk, which led to five more videos. Gondry has also directed the Rolling Stones' "Like A Rolling Stone," Beck's "Deadweight" (set in a world in which everything is reversed), as well as videos for the Chemical Brothers, the White Stripes, Daft Punk, and the Foo Fighters amongst others. Gondry's DVD includes "I've Been 12 Forever," an exclusive 70+ minute interactive documentary, as well as additional short films shot expressly for the DVD, featuring Jim Carrey and David Cross, among others.
London-based Chris Cunningham has created some of the most provocative and visually arresting subject matter in the history of the music video or film. His unnerving, award-winning works have included Aphex Twin's "Come To Daddy" (an elderly woman is chased through an English council housing complex by pint-sized Richard James mutants); Björk's "All is Full of Love" (Two robots fall in love as one creates the other piece by piece); and Portishead's "Only You" (Beth Gibbons and a young lad buoy eerily in a shaded alleyway, her movements as bewitching as her singing). The Work of Director Chris Cunningham will also include new unseen versions of his art films "Flex" and "Monkey Drummer."
The series was produced by PALM Pictures' Richard Brown and Jonze's longtime producing partner Vincent Landay, with Julie Fong and John Payne acting as producers for Gondry and Cunningham respectively.
Future Directors Label releases, to be released in 2005, will include the work of Directors Mark Romanek, Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn, Stephan Sadnaoui, among others.