Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Trouble” Music Video (w/ Q&A Interview)

This video for Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur’s “Trouble” resides mostly in a David Lynchian universe, with heroined-out slow-motion vibes. Interspliced, however, are quick flickering shots of TEED (Orlando Higginbottom) being adorned with mysterious headdresses — an art form that has become a staple in TEED’s videos. The pieces featured in this video include a geometric wire-framed headpiece, crafted by UK wearable art designers Yunus And Eliza, and a feathery piece reminiscent of a Native American headdress.

Each of TEED’s videos are amalgams of a number of wordly influences, and TEED himself has a hard time explaining where they come from. When asked if there are any cultures which he finds particularly inspirational, he responds, “Eastern, western, northern, southern..? I don’t know what to say. I also feel it is unhelpful to examine your influences too much; the important thing is the moment of inspiration, and there isn’t a formula for that as far as I know. Though its fair to say that I get the most energy from the people I come into contact with who are also making things…”

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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