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January 23 2017

"Back to Eden" music video (directed by Joss Whedon) is live. Check out the first straight-up music video directed by Joss, starring co-writer Shawnee Kilgore and actors Richard Jenkins and Ashley Johnson.

"Back to Eden" is the title track to the album Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon wrote together.

Good lord that's intense.
I don't get the point of it.

[ edited by Nebula1400 on 2017-01-23 18:38 ]
Ashley Johnson is too good at heartbreak.
The press release makes me want to see this on a bigger screen.

Joss Whedon and Shawnee Kilgore Release Music Video From Back to Eden EP on January 23rd

Austin, TX, USA - January 23rd, 2017 - The much anticipated music video for the title track from film director Joss Whedon and folksinger Shawnee Kilgore’s collaboration EP, “Back to Eden,” was released on YouTube at 9am CST.

The music video, the first ever written and directed by Whedon, was shot in July 2016 starring two beloved Whedon collaborators, Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins and Ashley Johnson. The video tells a powerful story of temptation and redemption, showcasing Whedon’s skill as a director and the musical and performing talents of Shawnee Kilgore.

Whedon and Kilgore began their musical collaboration when Whedon backed Kilgore’s Kickstarter campaign for her previous album, “A Long and Precious Road,” in April 2014.

Following his contribution, they quickly discovered that writing together came easily, but would not meet face to face until the following year. Their first single, “Big Giant Me,” (August 2014) was written, recorded and released entirely through on-line communication.

They continued to write and compose together and, in January 2016, recorded the six-song EP in Los Angeles. On the record, which also features an all-star crew of supporting musicians, Whedon writes most of the lyrics and Kilgore writes most of the music.

The video was shot by Jay Hunter (“Much Ado About Nothing”) on two Alexa 65’s, a cutting edge large format from Arri that until now has only been used on the highest end of big budgeted feature films, such as “The Revenant” and “Rogue One.” The Back to Eden shoot marked the first micro-budgeted independent production to have ever used this camera, and in the under 100 million dollar category, the first and only.

Combining the latest in super resolution camera technology with a variety of vintage 65mm prime lenses from PANAVISION - some of which were over 50 years old - paints Back to Eden’s unprecedented visual landscape.

Joss Whedon is a film and television director, best known for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly,” and Marvel’s Avengers films. Shawnee Kilgore is an Austin-based singer-songwriter. ”Back to Eden” is her fifth album, released October 2016.

Are the lyrics available to read somewhere?
All the lyrics are available at the Bandcamp link. Just wiggle your cursor around the title of the song and a link to the lyrics will appear.
Their first single, “Big Giant Me,” (August 2014) was written, recorded and released entirely through on-line communication.

Aw this made me grin and miss the Firefly Music Project
The video looks positively gorgeous and the performances are great, but the story doesn't really grab me. Feels kinda generic, considering the talent behind it. Which, unfortunately, is how I feel about the song as well. Though I feel that's more the fault of the music than the lyrics.

[ edited by Knuckleball on 2017-01-24 04:02 ]
I recognize the guitar and cello, but what is the other instrument?
It was the SAW! A hand saw played as a musical instrument with a bow. It's a very ethereal sound (a bit reminiscent of a theremin). You can see an up close example of it played here.

That was lovely. The ending left me waiting with my breath held. Also, Richard Jenkins pretty much owns my heart.
Thanks, onthedrift, it did sound rather ethereal.
The story doesn't grab me, either. I find the nature of the relationship between Jenkins' character and Ashley J's character to be unclear, or maybe a bit disturbing. Is she a woman he used and then dumped? If so, I'm kind of sick of the prevalence in Hollywood of older men in relationships with women who are young enough to be their daughters or granddaughters. I'm not sure the song really goes with the imagery, either. In the end, I still need to ask what the point of the video is (aside from promoting Shawnee Kilgore).
I find the nature of the relationship between Jenkins' character and Ashley J's character to be unclear, or maybe a bit disturbing. Is she a woman he used and then dumped? If so, I'm kind of sick of the prevalence in Hollywood of older men in relationships with women who are young enough to be their daughters or granddaughters.

I'm not sure why this is your inference--it read to me as a dad/daughter relationship, unless I'm missing some ambiguously romantic overture.
Its all in the old Panavision lenses. Truth.
Beautiful video, bet it does look splendid on a big screen. I thought it was Daughter/Father relationship - at one point I think Ashley's character mouths 'Dad' but I'm not expert at lip-reading.

The music is lovely too - I like cello and the saw was very effective, even though it's not a genre to which I would usually listen.
I'm not sure why this is your inference--it read to me as a dad/daughter relationship, unless I'm missing some ambiguously romantic overture.

I thought that, too, but then she hands him money and he turns around to talk to another woman, and that made me wonder whether it was a father/daughter argument, or a jilted lover argument. I really hope it's not the latter.
A very moving video, and it looks gorgeous. I read it as a sad father/daughter story, though I was also confused about who Shawnee Kilgore's character was at the end.

Thanks for the press release about the camera, Pointy. I wonder if Joss is considering using it for the film he's writing. This look would be beautiful in a dark period setting.
I thought I clearly saw Ashley's character mouth 'Dad'. Plus, she doesn't really react with any 'passion' (in the romantic sense), just a resigned heartbreak. It did not read jilted lover to me at all. More like a father-daughter relationship where the daughter has been-there-done-that with the an alcoholic parent.
I also noticed Ashley's character mouth "Dad". I saw it as an unambiguously father-daughter story.
I liked it. Good thing I'm moving to Austin. Maybe we'll be Kilgore's neighbors.
On the positive side - it sure was pretty. Joss as a maker of movie images has come a long way. Also happy to see Mr. Jenkins. Thought it was (to me) clearly a father / daughter relationship - her for the umpteenth time urging her dad to leave the barfly life behind

That said, I found Ms. Kilgore's vocal styling an acquired taste, one that I don't have evidently. Also, perhaps unfairly, expected some lyrics that smacked you in the face - a bon mot, a turn of a phrase, a lasting retort. Didn't get that. Finally I have no idea what the final shot means or is alluding to

It was pretty tho'

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