David Dean Burkhart may be one of the best music video directors in the world right now, but he hasn’t spent a single day on set shooting any of them. He repurposes, cuts up and mashes together existing footage, whether it’s an obscure film, home movie, commercial or television show.
A devourer of music and visuals, he locates the hidden threads that bind together seemingly disparate things. Possessing great taste, he has an eerie ability to elevate a song onto a higher plane of resonance. A few of his re-workings were later chosen by the artists as their official music videos.
So here’s a selection of David Dean Burkhart’s finest fan made music videos. Let’s start with his very first…
1. SAY HI – TAKE YA’ DANCIN’
2. DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 – CHEAP TALK
Footage from Chin Ku-Lu’s Holy Flame Of The Martial World (1983).
3. MAC DEMARCO – WITHOUT ME
Footage from Gary Graver’s Erika’s Hot Summer (1971).
4. ARIEL PINK – LIPSTICK
Footage from William Lustig’s Maniac (1980).
5. GRIMES – CIRCUMAMBIENT
Footage from Henri-George Clouzot’s La Prisonniére (1968).
Flip to SIDE B…