Cities in Dust

“Cities in Dust” is an achingly beautiful song and music video directed, performed, and produced by award-winning filmmaker and musician Mara Katria as an homage to the incomparable post-punk / new-wave band Siouxsie and the Banshees. The aesthetic of the shadow-play captured in Ms. Katria’s music video matches the moving nature of the song, and using a symbolically emotional kit of archaeological tools she delves into the duality of lament and hope regarding the marks made –– and hopefully not lost –– by ancient civilizations across the globe as well as those made by individuals that will come and go in the modern age and beyond. This is emphasized by Mara’s juxtaposition of ultra modern electronic layering with timeless organic elements in both the song and video, like the sound of autumn leaves she crackled into dust – as well as audio from actual clay artifacts caressed and resonated for authentic and unique effect. Likewise, the accompanying short film is inspired by the prehistoric art of storytelling through shadows evocative of the philosophical concept of ‘Plato’s Cave’. The resulting piece benefits from expertly rendered set design by J. Jeff Ungar, including a massive handcrafted pendulum further illustrating the passage of time.

  • Mara Katria
    Please Talk With Me, Midnight Mind
  • Mara Katria
  • Mara Katria
    Key Cast
  • Mara Katria
  • Mara Katria
    Lead Actress
  • J. Jeff Ungar
    Set Design
    Lady In White, SyFy School Spirits, Please Talk With Me
  • Mara Katria
    Music By
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
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Director Biography - Mara Katria

Experiences are what Mara Katria creates. She uses the varied tools of a musician, film director, videogame world-builder, and photographer to immerse audiences in the depths of history and the perpetuity of genuine emotion. She has been recognized by international festivals for her work as director and musician on films and videos like Please Talk With Me and Midnight Mind and is eagerly anticipating her debut full LP featuring her heroes the legendary band Modern English in 2024.

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