Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson Creates a 35mm Music Video-Doc for HAIM
Is there anything this prolific director can’t do?
Can’t wait for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next feature, Phantom Thread, in December? Neither can we. Fortunately, the multiple Oscar-nominated director has just released a 14-minute short to stave off our hunger.
Having successfully tried his hand at everything from epic, stylized period dramas to absurdist comedies, PTA got a taste for music documentaries with his last feature film, JunJun, a feature doc about the album of the same name created by an international collaboration between Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and musicians from India and Israel. Now, he combines his penchant for making music videos for the likes of Joanna Newsom and Aimee Mann with that music doc experience to bring us Valentine, a 14-minute hybrid music video and behind-the-scenes doc for the band HAIM.
Shot on 35mm with a skeleton crew, this three-act short shows us a raw, unfiltered glimpse of the HAIM sisters doing their thing, accentuated only by subtle camera movements and lighting. According to Rolling Stone, the collaboration between the group and PTA was initiated by Anderson after realized that the band members’ mother was his former art teacher. Watch it below: