My friend Michael Arginsky made a video for a Monsters of Folk video contest. It’s a meditation on stillness and I think it’s quite good. I like the way his deliberate use of imperfect moments—rack focusing, the actor almost laughing, the dude’s eyeballs twitching because his hair is tickling his eyelashes—convey a sense of humanity. It’s as if to say, “Hey, none of us is perfect, but we’re all pretty special and similar at the same time. Also, people really just cannot stand perfectly still.”

Check it out and be sure to leave your fawning admiration for the video here so he can see it.

One thought. I think the recent development of the “Make our music video!” contest is kind of funny. On one hand, it allows up and comers to display their talent and get their work out there. On the other hand, it’s a way for a band to make a good music video for basically nothing. Kind of a rip off.

I hope Michael wins this. I haven’t seen any of the other videos yet, but I’ll tell you right now that they are all garbage.

Ok, that’s not entirely fair. There was one I liked also. This one. But there is a whole lot of crapola on there.

Thanks for sharing, Michael!