Private Project


Tan is a musical meditation on about the balance of impermanence and 'sameness' that happens in our lives. Using Monteagle's expressive song 'Tan' as the narrator, I explore eerie and evocative images that almost seem to bubble up from my unconscious. Rolling into a new decade, it gives comfort to know the the past and the future have more in common when you give them both your attention.

For me, every year around New Years comes with a dark cloud. This past year in particular was filled with loss and a heaviness that has stuck with me. Tan is a reflection of how life can sometimes feel like an endless loop of longing, loneliness, horniness and hunger that everyone experiences no matter where they are.

I decided to get outside of my own environment, and headed clear across the country with my friend/collaborator/DP Dustin Lane. We were overcome by the freedom that came with having an insanely small crew. And what resulted was something more intuitive and guttural. We had the luxury of being able to shoot slowly and wait for scenes to unfold on their own. While having a specific list of moments I wanted to capture, we had no set schedule and we able to let curiosity take over. We could walk right in and get close to our subjects.

In the end, Tan should feel familiar. Like something in your distant memory that speaks to a larger narrative that runs through all our lives. I know a lot of things tend to feel distinct and inherently unique when moving across the country, but to tell you the truth, Subway tastes the same no matter where you are.

  • Daniel Henry
  • Dustin Lane
    Director of Photography
  • Ryan Kendrick
  • Mike Howell
  • Jimmy Sedukem
    Sound designer / Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 22 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Daniel Henry