Behind closed doors and in the dark of night while working on Chrysta Bell & David Lynch's music video Night Ride, which premiered online at Pitchfork. We at PANIC were simultaneously working on a longer more cinematic version of the video. What we created is a short film with seven and a half minutes of additional footage and dialog that really grounds the characters and adds more depth to the world. This is not the Tammy Preston you know and love from Twin Peaks. This short film stars Chrsyta Bell, Joseph Skorman, Gino Rose, and "the Preacher" voiced by Dave Insley. We are so very proud to announce that PANIC premiered Night Ride The Director's Cut at the 2017 Marfa Film Festival, out in the majestic west Texas town of Marfa. The director Joseph Skorman, producer Jonathan Mindes, director of photography Mike Revol Valke, and aerial videographer Juan Del Rio all were present at the screening and at the Q&A afterward. Below is the poster.
Fresh off the heels of world premiering Night Ride the Directors Cut at the beautifully curated Marfa Film Festival. We come back to the House of PANIC to find that night ride the music video edit which premiered on Pitchfork just broke 100,000 views on YouTube. We couldn't be any more proud of this piece. As an independent production company in the Bay Area, you don't get a better opportunity to run wild creatively on a project as this. A special thank you goes out to Chrysta Bell for allowing us to go crazy and be as imaginative as we wanted to be. I think we created a very special world. One where the boogie man is a hot hourglass'd woman in a black ghost Firebird with a dimensional shifter installed. We still have more Black Widow Queen Pins that have the same design as Chrysta Bell's hourglass back-patch for sale on this site. Just head over to the shop area, you will see them. Please be on the look out for news about Night Ride the Direct's Cut, and thank ya'll for all the support. Keep watching and we will keep making stuff for your eye balls.
In another amazing collaboration with the incomparable Chrysta Bell I set out to photograph images for her new album We Dissolve. The art direction of the album and packaging was created by Meat and Potatoes' Todd Galapo. This was a very personal project to me. To be the capturer of the image that resides on its cover feels like magic, the same magic I felt when we took these photos. We achieved what is happening by shooting her moving, flipping her hair from hanging in front of her face to back behind her leaving a trailing blur of her fiery lovely hair. Todd's experience shines through with his delicate but bold touches in the design. We Dissolve drops today. You can purchase the vinyl or download the mp3s here and through all other mainstream musical online distributors.
"Night Ride" has hit 80,000 views on youtube! To celebrate, as promised we have now opened up our online store for you to purchase special one-of-a-kind items that we will offer exclusively here on our site. We are beginning with our 'Black Widow Queen Lapel Pin". If you follow our Instagram or Facebook feed you may have seen a post or two about it. This pin is based on the character embodied by Chrysta Bell in our collaborative music video that premiered on Pitchfork. If you haven't seen it yet you can find links at the top of this page under the (Shop Tab).
We are excited to announce that our collaboration with Chrysta Bell and David Lynch for the Night Ride music video has had it's world premiere on the aesthetically forward driven online music publication Pitchfork. From Wiki: "Pitchfork's opinions have gained increased cultural currency; some in the mainstream media view the site as a barometer of the independent music scene, and positive quotes from its reviews are increasingly used in press releases and affixed to the front of CDs/LPs. Pitchfork now receives an audience of more than 240,000 readers per day, and more than 1.5 million unique visitors per month, making it the most popular independent-focused music publication online". PANIC is very proud to be a contributor to this culturally significant publication.
Since the premiere, Night Ride garnered press from other taste making online outlets, and has been published via indiewire, Paper, StereoGum, Welcome to Twin Peaks, Dazed, imdb and Video Static. We also made it to publications all over the world the U.K.'s The Reprobate , France's Modzik, Ukraine's wetchina, and the Spanish ismorbo to list a few. From the inception of the concept, to delivery of the final cut to pitchfork, it has been one incredibly surreal ride. If you haven't already watched the video please hit the link and go on your own Night Ride.
"The goth pop gem features Lynch's characteristic woozy guitar reverbs, against Chrysta Bell's powerful, but distant vocals...Lynchian endeavors to hold us over till Twin Peaks returns to Showtime." - Papermag.com
"Film legend David Lynch and Chrysta Bell collaborate musically, while director/editor Joseph Skorman stars alongside Ms. Bell in a freakish ride that's got all the sex, violence, and intrigue you'd expect. " -VideoStatic.com
1st ever BASH (Bay Area Shorts Film Festival) Audience Choice Award recipient for Loose Cannons.