My Work

Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)

Role: director.

Agency: tbd

Duran Duran – Runway Runaway (music video)

Role: writer, director

Selected as one of the best music videos shot in Portland, OR in 2011 via OPB and shown on Duran Duran’s 2011 tour.

Otis – Jay Z and Kanye West (parody / viral)

Viral video done late one night at the office that found it’s way to the Huffington PostNew York Magazine, Playboy and Sundance website and blogs etc.

Role: creative, editor

Coraline – Doll Hair (branded content, shown on IFC and YouTube)

Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)

Client: Laika

Agency: Wieden+Kennedy

The Blow – Knowing the Things That I Know (music video)

Role: Director, Editor, and DP (concept by Mike Merrill, animation by E*Rock)

Voted one of the best music videos of the year by RES Magazine, and featured on the magazine’s monthly DVD.

 

Electric Six – Psychic Visions (music video)

Role: writer, director

HANGOVER

 Above: still from a recent assignment, recreating the ending of The Hangover with an all female cast to promote a new app

Portlandia: craft beer, crap air. Let’s do something about it.

Portland, OR may be a utopia of amazing parks, craft food and beverage, progressive politics, affordable movie theaters, mostly nice people, and an overall pioneering DIY spirit…but apparently Portland also has some pretty terrible air.

Maybe we should do something about that.    

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And it’s not just an issue in Portland, but the rest of Oregon as well.

According to EPA’s National Air Toxics Assessment, Oregon has the third largest population at risk of excess cancer due to air pollution behind only California & New York. (Learned this via http://www.whatsinourair.org )

And across Oregon, 117 schools fall in the worst 10% nationally for exposure to industrial pollution.

Look, Oregon is amazing. So many beautiful places – the beaches, the desert, the mountains, the forests, rivers, lakes. But California has way stricter standards for air quality.

In fact, The Oregonian has reported that Oregon has become a dumping ground for California’s older big diesel rigs which pollute the air. See article here.

An excerpt from the article by Rob Davis: About 350,000 trucks in California are being phased out because they fail to meet that state’s stricter standards. Trucking companies have found willing buyers in Oregon, where environmental standards are looser.

This is a bummer. We can do better. If you’re an Oregonian who would like better air quality please considering contacting your state representatives today, asking for something to be done at the Federal level.

Tweet. Make noise. Get the word out.

Maybe pressure could put on successful companies like Safeway, Whole Foods, Fred Meyers/Kroger to upgrade to delivery trucks that are easier on the environment.

Come up with your own solutions to the problem.

You don’t have to get to upset. You don’t have to get worried.

But nothing will change if you remain silent or apathetic.

All for now…

J.Lowe

Make Art

11 years ago Jeremy Wilkins (aka Allegra Gellar) covered DONTCHA by the Pussy Cat Dolls real slow and real for me.

(The idea to slow pop songs down and make them deeper, came to me from Daniel Riddle of the legendary Portland band King Black Acid.)

Jeremy took the challenge, though protested that there wasn’t much to work with. Apparently The Pussy Cat Dolls don’t have a lot of musical instruments. And how can you give a throw away pop song meant for advertising, meaning?

But, he cracked it anyways.

I had planned to have Jennifer Folker, a singer I admired from a Portland band called Dahlia sing on the track.

But when Jeremy sent me the demo of the song, with his voice signing on it to help me know where Jennifer’s vocals would need to go – something amazing happened.

Art happened.

I ended up not having Jennifer sing on it, and decided the song was done.

There was something about swapping the gender, having a man sing about having his heart broken and saying, “Don’t you wish your girlfriend was hot like me” that went beyond shallow, or humor or anything – it got real (a testament to Jeremy’s abilities as a musician).

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The cover I’m speaking about can be heard here.

Allegra Gellar – Don’t Cha – https://itun.es/i6Lm4Fv

Jeremy turned a song with no substance (only sugar) into something that had a whole lot of substance. Now, 11 years later people have caught up to this idea. This slowed down, recontextualized cover of Beyonce, that just played on some kind of Spotify “Chill Mornings” playlist reminds me of what Jeremy and I did so many years ago.

Final note:
Dahlia themselves, were quite ahead of things, or at least were keeping trip hop alive. Active in Portland, OR around 2001 at the Ohm – a bar under the Burnside Bridge that was magical pre-everyone moving here, they sound a lot like MS. MR who broke out in 2014.

Hawks Do Not Share – Break Even (Official Music Video)

Break Even

Here’s the new music video for the Portland, Oregon three piece HAWKS DO NOT SHARE. The band’s sound is a little like The Cure and George Michael borrowing a bunch of effects pedals from My Blood Valentine, driving to David Lynch’s house, and spending numerous evening hours making a soundtrack for one of his films (and if that doesn’t get you to click on this hypnotic and odd video, well nothing well).

Check it out over on Pop Matters.

Zita Saito pictured above.