Pet Shop Boys 'Twenty-something' by Gavin Filipiak

Pet Shop Boys 'Twenty-something' by Gavin Filipiak
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Gavin Filipiak has created a compelling video for the Pet Shop Boys' Twenty-something, which follows the story of a San Diego gang member after he is released from prison, who after his initial elation, and his best intentions, struggles to get his life back together.

Upon returning home, he is met by his frustrated wife, his two children and a stack of threatening, unpaid bills and overdue notices. He puts on a suit, gets on the bus and looks for a job all over the city - captured by some great aerial photography by Jeffrey Lamont Brown – but is denied any opportunity to prove himself. 

The video results in a powerful critique of America's broken social mobility problem and its prison system's lack of resources for integration of ex-convicts back into society. And although the subject matter might appear incongruous for a band like a Pet Shop Boys, it works superbly well.

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Director
Gavin Filipiak
Editor
Gavin Filipiak
Writer
Leafar Sayer
Writer
Gavin Filipiak
Director of Photography
Nico Mengin
Cast
Bryant Ruiz
Cast
Vida Montes
1st AC
Keith Van Orden
2nd AC
Rachel Alberto
Props
Rachel Alberto
Motion Graphics
James Camanyag
Sound design
James Camanyag
Aerial Photography
Jeffrey Lamont Brown

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