Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Director, producers, musicians and actors from 32 different countries gathered at the Second Annual Los Angeles Music Video Festival in Los Angeles

LAMVF at the Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St.

The following story was first published on Examiner.com (more)

The Los Angeles Music Video Festival attracts 32 countries

Junior wright with Sami Kriegstan
Music videos are big business and thanks to technology the industry is growing, too, in Hollywood if the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Music Video Festival is any indication. This year’s LAMVF has been expanded two days with several hundred entries from nearly three dozen countries. The music video directors and producers came from all over the world to see their artwork on the big silver screen. The Music Video premiere and festival was held at the Independent Theater, downtown Los Angeles
(May 4th and 5th).

“In 2011 LAMVF held several music video activities in one day, this year we have five different categories offered and a late night after party on Friday and Saturday night,” said Festival founder and artistic Director Sami Kriegstan. “So it’s bigger, it’s longer and we have more stuff going on with 300 videos from 32 countries.”

Kriegstan also said LAMVF was “thrilled to have Eric Wareheim, writer, director and producer the comedy team of "Tim and Eric Billion Dollar Movie (2012)". “He brought in a bunch of his collaborators with him, and show their favorite videos, which was really cool.”
Junior Wright attending the Second Annual LAMVF
The advancement of technology has helped independent Artists like Junior Wright, who just recently wrote and produced and danced in his own 2012 music video, “Private Dancer”, which is also featured on his new album, “Come To Me” (2012). At the festival who talked about the importance of LAMVF and how technology has helped, but also hurt the music industry.
Wright said, “Technology has helped and hurt the industry. It makes the music more accessible, but at the same time it’s hard to sell music, because instead of buying music in stores fans buy it online, but often they expect it to be free. Artists still make money with tours and concerts,” he said.

Wright plans to enter his next video in the 3rd Annual LA Music Video Festival in 2013. His music is at http://www.reverbnation.com/juniorwright. The winning videos are posted online at: http://lamvf.com/.

And the winners are:

Unofficial Video: "Head Games" Deadmau5 - dir. Matt Stone - http://tmblr.co/ZUsr0yL7TcJ6
Student Video: "The Ladder" Andrew Belle - dir. Emily Wormley - http://tmblr.co/ZUsr0yL7TG3e
Comedy Video: "Mind Control" The Kernal - dir. Marshall Burnette - http://tmblr.co/ZUsr0yL7UBwx
Non-Narrative Video: "Peace or Violence" Stromae - dir. Raf Reyntjens - http://tmblr.co/ZUsr0yL7Tn1j
Narrative Video: "Good Man" Raphael Saadiq - dir. Isaiah Seret - http://tmblr.co/ZUsr0yL7RjGH

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