Bear’s Den – Elysium

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Director: James Marcus Haney / Producer: Alex Gao / Editor: Jack Murgatroyd / Colorist: Edwin Eversole / Camera Operators: James Marcus Haney, Alex Gao, David Faddis, Campbell MacCulloch

Date: June 2014

Director's Statement:

"Elysium' was one of those tracks that became very personal to me very quickly. It made me think about my younger brothers and their transition from kids to adulthood — how they are carving out their individuality and quickly leaving youth, innocence, and wide eyes behind. "Brother don't grow up…. /Just hope that age does not erase all that you've seen/Don't let bitterness become you/Your only hopes are within you." With the video, I wanted to capture elements of that transitional experience in my brother, Turner's, life. I wanted to film him and his real friends doing actual things that they normally do. I wanted to document the actions and emotions of people at this age — the highs, the lows, the noteworthy and the mundane. I wanted to get inside what it feels like to be a teenager today. On a personal level, I wanted to freeze the last remnants of youth still left in my brother — to record him in this tender, fleeting age of early college years.

"Soon after I arrived in Seattle to begin filming, an armed man walked onto Turner's college campus and shot four students. One of them died. I was staying on my brother's couch in his campus dorm room, living amongst sixty or so sophomore boys. The name of the slain student was not released, and no one knew when it would be. As hours passed by into night time, one student was still left unaccounted on my brother's floor, four rooms down from us. One of the dorm-mates decided to sleep in the hallway just outside the elevator to wait for the missing student, so that he would wake up when the missing student came home. Others followed suit until the entire dorm floor hallway was filled with mattresses and students unable to sleep, all waiting for the elevator door to open.

"When the victim's name was released the next day, the fears were confirmed. Turner's friend and dorm-mate, Paul Lee, was dead. With the music video as a last priority, I was thankful just to be with my brother — to support him, to be near him. In his dorm room, he played the song 'Elysium' over and over. A few of the other kids played it a lot too, and sent it around. While in the midst of a dormitory full of very broken and lost students, I couldn't stop listening to the song either — it took on a whole new weight and meaning.

"That weekend, my brother and his friends wanted to finish the video, in honor of Paul. The end result is a video that depicts real friends, real teenagers, experiencing something far too real."

NO CAMERAS ALLOWED

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NO CAMERAS ALLOWED is a documentary about a college kid that jumps a fence into a music festival and steals the dream of a lifetime. With no money for tickets, Marcus Haney does everything from outrun security guards to pose as a press photographer in order to see his favorite bands at music festivals all over the world. The story, as seen through Marcus’ camera, takes us on a first person, unfiltered adventure into Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Ultra and other festivals as he finesses his way into the photo pit, backstage, and onstage of the biggest music acts alive, including Jay Z, Coldplay, Skrillex, and Mumford & Sons. When his footage ends up in the hands of Mumford & Sons, the band invites Marcus to go with them on a tour across America by vintage train. His dream of touring with Mumford & Sons, however, comes at the risk of failing out of college, losing his girlfriend, and trading in stability for a precarious life on the road. No Cameras Allowed is an intimate, honest, behind the scenes look at world-renowned artists from the perspective of someone who was never really invited, but was always asked to stay.

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