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Arcadian (music video)

Official SXSW 2017 Film Festival Nominee, as well as Bellingham Music Film Fest (BMFF) and Seattle Transmedia Film Festival (STIFF)!

Arcadian is a song about escapism ~ consciously & intentionally making a choice to transform from one state to another as a form of leaving something painful behind, even with a loss of identity.

The idea behind "Arcadian" video was to create visuals that hinge on fantasy, escapism and use dance as the expressive language. A prison setting and impending execution seemed an appropriate metaphor to convey those themes. There had to be a sense realism in capturing subject matter as dark as a prisoner being executed (the "transformation"). As such, a conscience effort was made to lighten up the mood using a vibrant pink color palette. Pink became a dominate color in the fantasy world, whereas greens and pure blacks showed the stark environ of the real world.

Song by Seattle-based indie-electronic act Symbion Project and video created by LA director Sherif R. Alabede, featuring choreography and dance by Marcos Aguirre.

  • Sherif R.Alabede
    Music video "Acid Rain" by Lorn
  • Andrea Sastoque
  • Ariel Navarrette
  • Marcos Aguirre
    Key Cast
    Dance Central videogame franchise
  • Amanda Welch
    Key Cast
  • Kelley Pahamotang
    Key Cast
  • Kasson Crooker // Symbion Project
  • Paranoiia Productions
    Production Company
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 2, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • SXSW 2017 Film Festival
    United States
  • Bellingham Music Film Festival
    United States
    April 8, 2017
  • Seattle Transmedia Film Festival
    United States
    July 21, 2017
Director Biography - Sherif R.Alabede

Going by the moniker SRA, Sherif R.Alabede is an award winning LA based filmmaker. His haunting music video "Acid Rain" is a celebrated piece of work, that has received widespread acclaim and won awards at the 2015 UK MVA, Milano Film Festival, and SXSW. Dedicated to narrative based visuals with a signature dark aesthetic, Sherif has a natural propensity for turning mundane subjects into images that become embedded in the collective unconscious.

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