David Knight - 23rd July 2020

Allie Avital reunites with Moses Sumney to create a poignant fantasy for Me In 20 Years, with the singer-songwriter transformed into an old man living in a strange, dystopian world.

The elderly Sumney is trapped in a small apartment in a tower block with Soviet-era amenities and no food - only milk. He is living on memories, and not much else. And then there's that strange pool, on one side of his bed, like a portal to another dimension.

As with her previous videos - including the Sasha Lane-starring Lonely World and Quarrel - Avital uses Sumney's remarkable voice for the platform of a simple narrative that reveals elements of myth and mystery. The pictures retain a close connection to the words, and through his memories and pain, and brief transformation back to his younger self, the fate of old Moses is sealed.

This is a very assured work, where you can perceive a number of important influences - including Orwell, William Burroughs, Bowie - but none are as important as the creative chemistry between the artist and the director.   

PRO Credits


DirectorAllie Avital
ProducerNick Hayes
Production CompanySMUGGLER
Executive ProducerElizabeth Doonan
1st ADAlex Osadchenko
Director of PhotographyLogan Triplett
GafferValera Latuga
Art DirectorSergey Vinnichuk
Hair & Make-upMarta Skalska
EditorLindsey Nadolski
ColouristKaitlyn Battistelli
Post production companyB.art
VFXErik Ferguson
CommissionerVatana Shaw
Grading companyEthos Studio
Grade ProducerBritt Carson

David Knight - 23rd July 2020

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