Riley Blakeway directs Cherry Glazerr’s empowering music video

Riley Blakeway directs a visually stunning music video for Cherry Glazerr’s song “Told You I’d Be With The Guys.” Cherry Glazerr, an American rock band from L.A., just released their third album Apocalipstick in January 2017.

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Blakeway is a 27-year-old director and photographer who has spent the last four years building quite an extensive portfolio. His films have garnered a handful of film festival awards, 7 vimeo staff picks and millions of online views. His music video for Cherry Glazerr showcases his individual directing style as he utilizes natural light, vivid colors and hints at the deep, underlying narrative of female solidarity.

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Take a behind-the-scenes look:

Q/A with Riley Blakeway

1. What first drew you to making this specific film project?

At first, I was attracted to the project because I love Cherry Glazerr’s music, but I was especially interested after learning that the narrative behind the song was a feminist statement celebrating female solidarity.

2. What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process and why? Any examples of this from your project screening at the MWFF?

My favorite part is probably seeing things come together in the edit.  All the heavy lifting is done, (hopefully) all of the story is there and it’s just putting together a big jigsaw and feeling things out intuitively.  This stage requires nobody but me as I edit all of my personal work.  I love seeing things develop based off of feeling and a lot of the magic still happens in the edit for me.

3. What were some influences for you on this project and/or as a filmmaker in general?

My main influence was a very brief scene in “The Silence Of The Lambs” where Jodie Foster gets in an elevator with a bunch of men dressed in red polo shirts and khaki pants.  It’s such a small beat in the film but for me it says so much.  The power of the red shirts, the confinement of the elevator interior – I based a lot of the music video on this image.

4. What is your favorite film?

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 drama “There Will Be Blood.”


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