When Saints Go Machine – “Add Ends” Music Video

Give me anything surrealistic that is remotely well-done, and I will accept! No complaints! That logic in mind, the video for When Saints Go Machine’s “Add Ends” is one I accept, without complaints. A little bit reminiscent of Tim Burton’s film Big Fish, this video similarly contains a central elderly male character, a variety of inexplicable characters — some obviously real and some questionably real — and an overall theme of following an individual towards the progression of death. My favorite parts are when the everything joins together into one big sonic-visual swirl!

The band’s description: “The first video from their gorgeous debut album Konkylie, When Saints Go Machine’s “Add Ends” video utilizes a dizzying mix of narrative styles, something like a heart felt, surrealist, sci-fi fantasy. Building from the visual of riding quickly through a hospital in a wheelchair (“an image both bound and boundless”), Director Dawn Carol Garcia delivers a collection of images as rich and nuanced as the music that inspired them.”

Directed by Dawn Carol Garcia.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) 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.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

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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