John Cameron Mitchell creates Sigur Rós music video about gay bullying

0 Posted by - October 1, 2012 - Blog, Screen, Sound

I’ve been a monumental fan of Hedwig and the Angry Inch since John Cameron Mitchell’s transexual punk rock musical first hit the small screen over a decade ago. I’ve introduced dozens of friends to the East Berlin queen, confused dozens of strangers by performing bluegrass-styled covers of Midnight Radio, and tracked the multi-talented Mitchell down at a Seattle club to say thanks (and dance to the sweaty soul tracks he was laying down as the visiting DJ).

So I was naturally thrilled to learn that John Cameron Mitchell has teamed up with ambient Icelandic artist Sigur Rós and animator Dash Shaw to create a new short story for my screen. Produced as part of Sigur Rós’ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, Mitchell and Shaw’s short animated video, Seraph, tells the touching story of a young man affected by gay bullying.

“We were allowed do whatever we wanted with the music from their new album — no parameters but the small budget,” Mitchell told HuffPost Gay Voices. “I chose to do a six-minute narrative short… Seraph is the superqueer result using two songs from the new album.”

Enjoy the video — it may be the last thing we see from Mitchell before his much-anticipated Hedwig sequel appears at some point in the future.

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