In the same way that Zia Mohajerjasbi defined a cinematography of Seattle hip hop with his excellent run of music videos over the the last few years of the '00s, director Emily Denton (also of post-punkers Stickers and goth clothiers Actual Pain) is one of a few local music video makers currently setting the visual tone for our city's punk and indie rock scene. (I would also posit visual arts/design crew Dumb Eyes here, although they split their video work more between local and out-of-town artists). Her latest clip (brought to my attention by the always alert Andrew Matson) for Haunted Horses' druggy, droning "The Hymn" intersperses gothy/Victorian film clips with footage of one face-painted Jamey Braden (the "JBVM" in Footwork+JBVM) vision-questing around the Central District.
It's typical of Denton's no-budget videos featuring local artists or scenesters, but its striking black-and-white shots are also a dramatic progression from her earliest clips. If Zia's videos were expansive, saturated with light and color, and revealing of Seattle's lesser seen neighborhoods, Denton's best clips are (thus far) narrowly focused, street- or apartment- level, and leeched of color. It's an austere but engaging look--time, and future clips, will tell if it sticks.