The brilliant, Ben Stokes
-directed video above for Azeem'
s Air Cartoons
' album track "Latin Revenge" (on Oaklyn Records
with music production by DJ Zeph
) takes place in the Mission District of San
Francisco. Inspired in part by Terry Gilliam
's work and also by Azeem's music, the animated piece also puts a spin on the role of how police are perceived in society. In the video Azeem gains popularity as he peruses the streets of the Mission (eventually becoming a King Kong
-like menace) as meanwhile a host of local neighborhood characters take notice. The police in the video are described by the maker as "enablers and cheerleaders."
I called up Azeem the other day to ask him what he thought about the new video. "It made me a fan and it's my video," he laughed, adding that, "All I can say about that video is that I can really almost take no credit for it. I just made the song. Like you and anyone else, I am fan of the video and I am amazed at the level of artistry that it incorporates." The video's animation was done by Ben Stokes (the video's producer/director) with additional animation by Patrick Siemer
, who drew from the thousands of still photographs they shot, then cut up, mixed and matched, and then painstakenly animated using After effects.
Ben Stokes, also a part of Tino Corps
,, & Meat Beat Manifesto
, has been professionally making music videos for about 20 years. The Mission District, San Francisco-based Stokes started out doing videos back in 1990 in his native Chicago where he began directing & producin
g a lot of the pioneering hometown WaxTrax
industrial music artists' videos such as Ministry
and the Revolting Cocks