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Flames & Figures

A minimalistic and intimate abstract-narrative music video for the Oakland-based neo-soul act The Seshen.

  • Dominic Mercurio
  • Dominic Mercurio
  • Courtney Fairchild
  • Lalin St. Juste
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Dominic Mercurio

Dominic Mercurio is an award-winning San Francisco based filmmaker and musician. His recent music videos have premiered on Billboard, FADER, PopMatters, and The Bay Bridged. Far Away and Long Ago, a stunning one-take music video he directed, was awarded Best Music Video at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, a Gold Award at Spotlight Short Film Awards, and was an Official Selection at Atlanta Shortsfest.

Far Away and Long Ago and his other recent music videos, We Are Not Ourselves (SF Shorts 2016 Official Selection) and Flames & Figures, are focused writer-director-editor visions that deeply intertwine visuals and music to create narrative music videos bursting with vibrant off-kilter characters and surreal nightmarish imagery.

Outside of film, he plays drums in two Oakland-based bands: Foxtails Brigade and Ghost Town Jenny. He has played at major venues and festivals across San Francisco and beyond; such as The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, El Rey Theatre, Noise Pop, and SXSW.

Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Dominic has a B.S. in Digital Film and Video Production from the Art Institute of California – San Francisco.

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Director Statement

It’s a testament to the power of Lalin’s songwriting that her lyrics for the song “Flames & Figures” felt like couplets lifted directly from the thoughts swirling in my mind during the winter months that she sent me the track. The desire to communicate with someone on a deeper level and the pain of feeling distant with someone you love were persistent feelings in my personal life. The songs sonic minimalism and raw prose beautifully reflected those feelings back at me. It only felt natural to reflect the visual narrative the track conjured in my mind back at it.