Youth Lagoon – Montana Music Video

Tyler T. Williams directs this cinematic epic for Youth Lagoon’s “Montana,” perhaps capturing a snippet from the life and mind of Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers.

Says Powers: “My whole life I’ve dealt with extreme anxiety. Not anxiety about passing a test or somewhat normal things, but weird.. bizarre things. Things that only I know. I sometimes feel like I’m literally being eaten up inside. So I started writing these songs. Not just songs about my anxiety, but about my past and my present. Songs about memories, and all those feelings that those bring. I know that if I can be honest about what is inside my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it.”


Spaced out and nostalgic, this song and video near some visual and contextural similarities to cinematic epics like The Tree Of Life or Winter’s Bone. Rural and set in nature, the video for “Montana” revolves around traditional American families and generally follows three male characters through some hard and easy times alike. What is it Powers has gone through? His statements, and the video, certainly make his upcoming album, The Year Of Hibernation, seem tantalizing.

Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Tyler T Williams
AD & Editor: Ron Torres
Starring: Tim Pakutka, Ryan Phipps, Joel Kliebe, Jaki Covington
Camera: 5DMKII and 7D – 20mm 2.8, 35mm 2, 85mm 1.8

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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