Prod: James J. Williams III // DP: Alex Cullen // Additional Art Direction & Styling: Mari Kussman @ Kimberly Ovitz // Editing: Ellen Frances // PA: Patrick C. Roberts // HMA: Carolina @ MAC // Prod Co: Thorstein Foundation
Dir: Ellen Frances // Prod: James J. Williams III @ Thorstein Foundation // DP: Alex Cullen @ Iriscape Prod. // Camera Operator @ GuyManly Productions // Styling: Jenni Hensler // Costume Designer: Ellen Frances // Costume Designer: Jenni Hensler // Nail Art Designer: Jennifer Pierce // Post Production: Ellen Frances / Iriscape Productions // Model/Actress: Laura O’neall @ AIM // PA: Mitch Patrick // Technical Consultant: Mari Kussman
“…we have to admit that we begged for this. Exactly one month ago, we premiered a video directed by the amazing Ellen Frances, and through that premiere, struck up a nice little friendship with her. Also around that time, we fell madly, and hopelessly in love with Black Marble.”
Music video for “Cruel Summer” by Black Marble (Hardly Art) Dir: Ellen Frances Prod / Set Design: Thorstein Foundation Stylist: Jenni Hensler Post: Ellen Frances With: Cassidy James, Laurel Tomlin and Patrick C. Roberts Filmed in the 13th St. Repertory Theater, NYC.
This short film has screened at ‘Women & Video’ in London and ‘The In Between: Maker Magazine’ in New York.
“When I received an invitation to an online group project with the subject of “Very Beautiful Women”, I was about to turn 30. This is a time in which Saturn begins to move away from the position it had occupied when one was born. In doing so, it begins to release the subject of its 1-2 year long wrath. That experience is what inspired this film. During my Saturn Return I became a single mother, I moved beyond the destructive habits of my 20’s and found beauty in myself as a being. To honor this tribute to Saturn’s Return further, I also used actual NASA recordings of Saturn in the sound design for this film.”
You can read Jimmy Chen’s analysis of this film for HTML Giant HERE.
[Official music video] Memory Tapes “Green Knight” (CREEP Remix)(strings version) Directed by Ellen Frances Filmed at The Chelsea Hotel Production Ellen Frances & John Durgee Post Production John Durgee Feat. Mari Kussman
“This part-video, part-stop motion piece was created a week and a half after giving birth. Having shed 30-40lbs in a matter of days, my muscle memory had tricked my brain into feeling as though there had been a shift in gravity.”