In 1996, I asked Howard Greynolds at Touch n’ Go if I could direct a music video for one of the labels bands. He assigned me Brainiac’s “Vincent Come On Down.” For two thousand dollars. With such a tight budget, I called in a lot of favors. The set was my friend’s rooftop on Cornelia Street. The props came from my living room. I had Tori Chickering whip out her Bolex camera, and my brother, Jerry Karp function as production assistant. Later I asked two of my top of the line editor friends, Michael Perillo and Rosanna Herrick, to cut the video for me. Everything costs money; the trick is how to stretch that dollar for all its worth. So that’s the short version of the production side.

Directing the band, that was a dream. All four members—Juan Monasterio, John Schmersal, Timmy Taylor and Tyler Trent—were up for anything. From Dayton, Ohio, they were a band filled with youthful energy, with grand ambitions, with frenetic talent. Each man was sensitive and kind, no rockstar egos, just the alluring work ethic, the collaborative spirit of real creative folk who wanted to do whatever was asked of them. It was a cold day when we shot the video, I think it was February 1996, and they didn’t complain, not about the cold, or how long things took to shoot, or how lo-fi the whole thing was.

Later, when they saw the video, I got a phone call from Timmy Taylor, psyched, and every grateful. That’s how cool these guys were. Calling the director to say thank you.

So this is a link from a VHS copy of the video. The original? I’m not sure where it is. One day, I’ll find it I’m sure of it. 😉