Today we're starting a new regular feature here on the Memphis Flyer Film/TV/Etc. Blog: Music Video Monday. To help your week get started right, we'll feature a music video by a Memphis musician or filmmaker, preferably both, every Monday.
We're kicking things off with Vending Machine's "Ask You To Leave", directed by Memphis experimental filmmakers Ben Siler and Doug Sims. Vending Machine's Robby Grant says it's the first in a series of music videos he has commissioned from his new album Let The Little Things Go. "My good buddy Doug Sims has a YouTube channel where he posts a lot of random videos about random stuff
. He and Ben work together a lot on them so I knew Doug was close with Ben. I'd seen Ben's short films (met him only briefly) and I really love what he does. I asked Doug if he and Ben would do something together. My only direction for these videos are: 1. do whatever you want as long as you love it and 2. I don't want to be in it," Grant says.
"This is a stereo zoom microscope used on various watches/clocks bought at thrift stores," says Siler.
"We are trying to show a clockwork order running down. That is my beard hair that appears near the end, along with honey and jelly. This was edited and shot in about two weeks. There is an attempt at a larger story: we see an old-style pocket watch resting against flesh underwater for half a second, implying this all takes place inside of it."
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