Winter Robins - A Reason

The music video for Winter Robins' new single, "A Reason", captures the final moments of a struggling couple's volatile and intense break up.

  • Mark Williams
  • Mark A Williams
  • Mark A Williams
  • Tijah Bumgarner
    Key Cast
    Meadow Bridge, Her Hope Haven
  • Sebastian Morris
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Electronic, Dance, Techno, Pop
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Mark Williams

Mark Williams is an Appalachia born electronic music and experimental video producer currently based in Ironton, Ohio. Williams has released dozens of albums and videos under the name Bary Center name since 2013 on various American and international record labels. He has toured the American DIY underground extensively as both a solo artist and a member of many experimental bands since 2003. His Bary Center project is focused on experimental techno, ambient, and post-industrial sounds. While much of his work purposefully encourages audience interpretation, some recurring themes include the relationships between humanity and nature, humanity and technology, technology and nature, and humanity with itself.

Williams's style as a videographer is often challenging. Elements of psychedelia, horror, and experimental films are almost always present in his work. Many of his music videos for the Bary Center project have premiered on noted international music publications. Williams has also created more mainstream music videos for Appalachian artists Kerry Erin Coats, Walter DeBarr, and Faye Berry. in 2019, Williams founded the house music duo Winter Robins with vocalist Erica Berry and produces music videos for the project as well.

As a documentarian, Williams combines journalistic elements with experimental techniques to illuminate stories that defy common regional stereotypes and promote positive change within Appalachia.

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Director Statement

The video for "A Reason" captures a critical and intense moment in a couple's collapsing relationship. They are both searching for reasons to hang on, but it is apparent that there is little left to salvage. The video was purposely contained within a car to increase the feeling of being trapped for the viewer and the actors.

The execution and success of this video would not have been possible if not for the valiant performances by Tijah Bumgarner and Sebastian Morris. I am eternally grateful for their commitment and effort.