ZOLA JESUS - SEEKIR MUSIC VIDEO
Directed by - Jacqueline Castel | Produced by - JP Castel
Stylist: Jenni Hensler
Stylist Assistants: Sheyna Imm & Ariana Paoletti
Make-Up For Nika: Robert Greene
Make-Up Assistant For Nika: Laura Stiassini
Make-Up For Dancers: Leilani Sunglao & Lucille Bignom
Hair Stylist: Clark Phillips
Hair Stylist Assistant: Gunther Allspach
Production Designer: Zev Deans
Set Dresser: Max Isaacson
Choreographer: Vanessa Walters
Tuixén Benet Cosculluela
Margherita Bergamo Meneghini
Mahalia Miner-Le Grand
Gaffer: Fletcher Wolfe
Best Boy Electric: Raina Oberlin
Electric: Deanna Covello
Grip: Abe Dolinger
Nika's Wardrobe Provided By:
Vilsbol de Arce: Bodysuit & Jacket
Katie Gallagher: Leggings
Chromat: Cage Skirt
Hollow Dancer: Jewelry
Jenni Hensler: Belt & Shoulder Piece
The director Jacqueline Castel tells us about the making of and the ideas behind the music video here...
For 'Seekir', Nika [Zola Jesus] and I were interested in exploring the framework of a pop music video. While practically and aesthetically the video needed to remain minimal, it felt important to flesh it out conceptually. Like any great pop song or video, the goal was to communicate complexity through simplicity – for us, that was done via deceivingly advanced dance choreography and by weaving a complex philosophical thread throughout the video, even if on the surface level we were conforming to a basic pop video formula.
To further link the organic and the technical, the images at the beginning and end of the video were created by shooting slow motion macro photography of milk dispersing in a tank of water. My brother (and producer) JP and I filmed late into the night, watching the intricacy of patterns emerge from underneath the water. Each drop seemed to reveal the universe in miniature, the violent creation of the cosmos, the birth of a star.
Running time: 03:45 - Premiered on DAZED DIGITAL
Director of Photography: Jacqueline Castel
Assistant Camera: JP Castel
Behind The Scenes Photography: Leilani Sunglao
Behind The Scenes Videography: Tiffany Frances
Craft Services: Raheem Vaziralli
Edit, SFX, & Color Correct: Jacqueline Castel
Extra Special Thanks:
Windmill Studios, Tony Borden & Max Knies of Greencard Pictures
It's always a pleasure working with my sister Jacqueline.
"The eerie, washed-out video for Zola Jesus's single "Seekir" sounds cerebral, the video itself is perfectly visceral."
"It’s a piece of the sort of angelically mysterious imagery that Zola Jesus is so good at, and it fits the song beautifully. Jacqueline Castel directs."
Jul 9th '12 by Tom Breihan @ 11:50am
"Zola Jesus has shared the new video for her Conatus track "Seekir" which is a mix of old-school MTV pop choreography and minimal, otherworldly imagery."