5 Best Music Videos from Newport Beach Film Fest's Program Premiering Tonight

Categories: Film, Wacky Vids

Tonight at 8 at The Triangle, the Newport Beach Film Festival debuts its Music Videos program, which is part of the three-year-old Music Series of features and documentaries that focus on musicians. Confession time: I had my doubts about the video program when I first heard about it. Who wants to see something shot for the small screen on the big screen, right? But after viewing a DVD screener graciously supplied by the festival's Bojana Sandic, I can honestly state my thinking was whack.

First, all 18 videos in the 68-minute program are presented in wide, movie screen format. More importantly, each is also cinematic; many could have run in the festival's short film programs.

Included is director Sophie Muller's driving "Settle Down" video for No Doubt, the Best Video winner at March's 2013 Orange County Music Awards, which co-sponsors the film festival's Music Series. But that one actually worked the least for me; it seemed as bloated and over-produced as the music accompanying it. But we here at OC Weekly are nothing if not all about the positive, so what follows are five videos from the NBFF program that I found brilliant, based solely on seeing them on my laptop, which means they'll surely play even greater on the big screen (and there won't be any ads to skip).

5) Danny Macaskill: Industrial Revolutions
Acrobatic street trials rider Danny Macaskill amazingly bikes in, on and over an abandoned industrial building that resembles the one in Georgia where The Walking Dead's Governor played cat-and-mouse with Andrea this season past. Featuring Ben Howard's haunting "The Wolves" as its soundtrack, the sequence was directed by Stu Thompson and shot in the Scottish countryside for Channel 4 's 2011 documentary Concrete Circus.

4) The Baddest Man Alive
Sure, we all knew RZA and the Black Keys would eventually get together, but who saw it also coming in a Grindhouse-worthy showdown that was directed by neither Tarantino nor Rodriguez but Chris Marrs Piliero? Smacked by a fish? Come on, man, that's just rude!

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