Highway to Yodel-Ay-Hee-Huuu

AC/DC + Yodeling = sexyhilarious cocktail. This breakout debut music video from Seattle's own cabaret circus star Manuela Horn is a comedic collision of alpine lace and patent leather, yodeling and rock n' roll! Fasten your seat belts and get set for raucous parody of AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell.' Known as the Austrian Amazon, Manuela Horn is an esteemed international performer, regular cast member of Teatro Zinzanni and a former contestant on America's Got Talent. Produced by award-winning director Michelle Kantor and Student Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Kimby Caplan, 'Highway to Yodel-Ay-Hee-Huuu' is an edgy, gritty, glamorous showpiece for the Austrian Amazon's tall-drink-of-water talent. The LA street art scene serves as its stunning backdrop. Featuring a dizzying showcase of hilarious and sexy characters, including the renowned Yodeling Dominatrix, Manuela pushes the propriety envelope and proves the accordion has some dangerous curves.

  • Michelle Kantor
    Bettina in the Fog
  • Michelle Kantor
    Bettina in the Fog
  • Manuela Horn
    Key Cast
    America's Got Talent
  • Kimby Caplan
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 3, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LA Femme Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 18, 2014
    World Premiere
    Best Music Video
Director Biography - Michelle Kantor

Writer, director and artist Michelle Kantor is the youngest daughter of political refugees who fled Communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960’s. Kantor’s short films and documentaries strike an entertaining balance between creative artistic license and solid storytelling. Her work explores non-mainstream points of view, historical and cultural subjects of intrigue, and the mysteries of consciousness. She has worked extensively with the vaudeville and circus performers of Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco, including a collaborative documentary “Antipodiste” about 5th generation French foot jugglers. "Highway to Yodel-Ay-Hee-Huuu" is the debut music video of renowned star of cabaret and circus theater, Manuela Horn. Featuring Horn’s Yodeling Dominatrix character, it showcases her range of comedy and style, recently seen as a contestant on “America’s Got Talent.” "Citizen" is a bittersweet compilation of optically printed Super 8 films shot during her parent's years together in New York. Bettina in the Fog is an experimental narrative about a ballet dancer with epilepsy. Her black comedy, Man and The Voice, details the perils of success in the business. Her distinctions include the Goldfarb Award for Best Student Film for The Redemption, as well as the Thunen Memorial Scholarship for Bettina in the Fog. Kantor recognized the marginalization of women filmmakers in 2002, and joined forces with two colleagues to form a non-profit organization, Cinefemme, providing fiscal sponsorship and support to female filmmakers. Since 2007, she has served as the Executive Director. Her gallery of fine art was featured at the Venice Art Crawl public exhibition in Venice, CA, and she recently produced all original artwork for a zine magazine published through hotmetalbridge.org featuring a “non-interview” with Wells Tower, author of “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.” Kantor is a regular sponsored participant in the Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival. Michelle is currently producing a feature length narrative film and documentary based on her parents' escape from Czechoslovakia. She resides in Santa Monica with her husband and daughter.

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Director Statement

There is a sublime beauty in the cabaret and circus world. I've been lucky to witness it, both behind the curtain and camera. I've chosen to collaborate with these extraordinary performers who continue the gorgeous tradition of cabaret performance art. Stars like Manuela are, on stage and screen, larger than life, brilliant, energetic, sexy and hilarious. I am always struck at down-to-earth personalities, their wonderfully strong work ethic, and their humbleness. It's not often you find an actor, wardrobe stylist, choreographer, hair and makeup.... in one. They are atypical performers - international gypsies, often moving from show to show, while maintaining home roots, with special artist visas... all the while following a beautiful, persona dream of self expression. They are collaborative, masters of improv, totally in the moment, and keep you on your feet. These are artists who dare to be different, who are strengthened by their uniqueness, and proudly have made careers out of it. I respect anyone who is as true to themselves. Manuela, standing nearly seven feet tall in heels, fills a fascinatingly devoid niche in cabaret performance art - the yodeling dominatrix. She is truly one of a kind, and a true force of nature!