Behind the Scenes – Bend Broadband “What We Share” Campaign 

My Work

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

Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)

Role: director.

We did a series of these, all using real bubbles and without CGI.

Agency: tbd

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

Zen at 3,000 mph (excerpts)

“Right now, I’m at the top of a massive auditorium at a non profit ballet for children not born into finical privelidge.”

“We’re not always where we want to be, but we’re always where we need to be. Total strangers, songs on the radio. I’ve been surprised by the wisdom I have been receiving or discovering- usually when I’ve let go, relaxed and am just being myself.

That’s when the real growth happens.”

Synchronizing Ratatat

Back in 2004 when Ratatat released their debut album, I thought it would be cool to direct a music video to 17 Years featuring synchronized swimmers.

A co-worker at the time, Jessica Vacek mentioned I should check out some Esther Williams. So I ended up at a Hollywood Video and rented Million Dollar Mermaid on VHS. I scrubbed through it and found a fantastic sequence choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Colored smoke, swimmers launching into the water from great heights – they just don’t make ’em like they used to. My plan was to pitch the band on the idea of shooting a synchronized swimming video with me, by synching some footage up to their song. However, I had no idea how well it would actually synch. This, my friends, is magic…

WAITING FOR STAR WARS

[With Star Wars: A Force Awakens coming out soon figured I’d jump in the Delorian and bring the internet this video.]

That time in 1999 when I set out to scalp tickets to The Phantom Menace, and had to wait in line all day with a bunch of die hard fans. I had my videocamera along with me. And this is what happened.

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Waldport High School was also not safe from my guerrilla marketing/entrepreneurship. Still from 13 minutes into Waiting for Star Wars.

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.