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A music video for the song "Weaponized" from the album 'Careful in the Future' by songwriter/director James O'Brien.

  • James O'Brien
    Careful in the Future, Long Ago Way
  • James O'Brien
  • James O'Brien
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone 8 with lenses by Moment
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Screaming Ostrich Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    United States
    October 19, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Best Music Video
  • New York Short Film Tuesdays
    New York
    United States
    November 10, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Indie Short Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Grove Film Festival
    Jersey City, NJ
    United States
    Official Selection
  • IndieX Film Fest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection and Award Nominee
  • American Filmatic Arts Awards
    New York, NY
    United States
    Best Music Video Story
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
Director Biography - James O'Brien

James O’Brien toured the US and the UK from approximately 1998 to about the end of 2004, singing his songs — and others’ — as a solo artist and with his band. During that period, based in Boston, James recorded three studio albums — 'Spirit Days' (1998); 'Life Underwater' (2000); and 'Church of the Kitchen Sink' (2003).

In 2017 and 2018, Life Underwater Music released a seven-album collection of James’ live and demo recordings — ‘A Bothersome Injuries Forty’. The archives covered the years 1999–2007 and are available at bothersomeinjuries.com.

In September 2018, James O’Brien released a new album of newly written and recorded material — ‘Careful in the Future’ — his first studio record in fifteen years. A companion film of the same title premiered as part of the Lift-Off First-Time Filmmaker Sessions in August 2019.

A full-concert live album — ‘Future : Live’ — also a first of its kind in James’ catalogue, followed in August 2019. The concert film of ‘Future : Live’ is available for pre-order at vimeo.com/ondemand/futurelive.

As of 2019, his award-winning music video — titled "Weaponized" and addressing the topic of mass shootings — is screening at festivals in the United States.

James holds a PhD in editorial studies; his dissertation focuses on unpublished writings by Bob Dylan. Oxford University Press, among others, have issued his writings about Dylan in journals such as 'Essays in Criticism' and OUP also published James's annotated bibliography of works about the director John Cassavetes. His documentary about Bob Dylan's unpublished writings has been added to The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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