TikiKiti Awards: March 2019

Oh man, are you a sight for sore eyes. Hope springs eternal and with winter safely in the rearview mirror, we salute the return of the sun with another batch of Grandma’s delicious, homemade Unofficial Music Videos. There’s milk in the fridge.

The Top Five entires for the month of March are currently six in number, with a tie for fifth between equally deserving artists. Some may call it Bonus Content, but we prefer to think of it as Added Value. In any case, the online branding course is clearly paying off, big time.

Reminder: The top finisher for the month will receive the fabled Barclay Award for Excellence in Video Arts. Because trophies make it official!

1. Producer: Nicole Adams
Artist: Quinn XCII & Kailee Morgue
Song: “What The Hell Happened To Us?”
Category: Narrative

From the opening credits to the last shot, it’s a flawless narrative continuum. The lip-synch is tight as a drum and every detail is correctly styled and executed.

2. Producer: Tae Ahn
Artist: Faye Wong
Song: “Chu Lu”
Category: Vérité

Needless to say, it’s very difficult to take random footage and visualize it into a larger context. Quite often, this sort of thing is a jumble of images that never come together. Tae Ahn’s Vérité video feels charming, intimate, and fun.

3. Producer: Mahir Saeed
Artist: Kaleo
Song: “Way Down We Go”
Category: Narrative

A sharply rendered crisis of culture and conscience by Mahir Saeed. The idea of having to live with the choices we’ve made can be rough sledding for some.

4. Producer: Redstone Army
Artist: K-391
Song: “Ignite”
Category: Vérité

Male sports fantasies never die and they exist seemingly regardless of cultural differences. Sometimes we need to be a hero, even in our own minds.

5. Producer: Guernsey Media
Artist: Pvris
Song: “Mirrors”
Category: Narrative

Another mercurial teenage girl wonders about her identity and romantic prospects in this fanciful bit of video introspection. Always remember, there is a diva inside every cocoon.

5. Producer: Peter Ghaly
Artist: Mako
Song: “Way Back Home”
Category: Narrative

A cinematic exercise filmed in both color and black and white, as the young protagonist faces a choice between moving forward into the unknown or death by stagnation.

Therein lies a lesson for all of us: It’s better to move forward and discover something new, rather then rest in your own nest and wait for the hate. And with that final challenge, we leave you.


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