Saman Kesh // Placebo, “Too many friends”

samkeshSaman Kesh // Placebo, “Too many friends”

Writer/Director Saman Kesh was born in 1986 in Iran and grew up in California. Since the age of 13 he knew he wanted to become a filmmaker and enrolled for a major in Film at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has directed short films, commercials, and music videos, and won several prestigious prizes – among them an Emmy, a Clio Silver, a Gold Addy, a Shots Young Director Award for Canon and in 2010 his first SXSW Best Music Video Award for his music video for Cinnamon Chasers.  He considers himself “a filmmaker that murders robots, abuses musicians, tricks celebrities in becoming involved with his absurd goals, and creates worlds that he wishes he could live in. Some consider him responsible for “narcotic fuelled road trips, murdering pregnant robots and binge drinking with cats.” To get a glimpse of his absolutely crazy and amazingly creative work, watch the stunning music video “Too many friends” that Saman Kesh realized for British alternative rock band Placebo. The mindscrewing, ingenious, funny, interactive mystery film (yes, that’s right, it’s rather a fiction film than music video!) was screened during this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX, and no other than the (in)famous “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis does the voice-over for a story that seems obvious only in the beginning: A boy goes for a gummy bear on a girl’s bottom. Sounds weird enough? Look for yourself and pay attention – as there will be a pop quiz afterwards:

Placebo // Too Many Friends (with Bret Easton Ellis) from Saman Kesh on Vimeo. 

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