Rob Ulitski - 25th Jan 2021

The threat of conflict hangs over a young girl's head, in Paola Kudacki's affecting promo for Waiting On A War - her second video for Foo Fighters. 

Drawing parallels between intergenerational fears of war and destruction, the video opens with a teenage girl - played by Thalia Gerloff - pacing about a desolate wasteland, isolated and broken. 

Intercutting nostalgic memories of carefree times, the concept builds to a riotous crescendo, with the younger generation fighting back against outdated institutions and ideals. 

It's a striking piece, anchored by gloomy, haunting cinematography and an overarching expectation of disaster. At the same time, a glimmer of hope remains, suggesting that things might improve if we can work out our issues as a society.

PAOLA KUDACKI: 

This film is the youth view on the outdated structures and institutions that have repressed the freedom of expression.

"Youth is such a beautiful thing. We are innocent. We are pure. We feel the excitement in our bodies and our hearts. We live the experiences to the fullest. We are vibrant, euphoric, emotional, we are curious and we challenge ourselves. We want to do it all and see it all. We have big dreams.

"As we grow up we begin to struggle with the real issues of life, but that powerful purity makes us see things in a different way, with a naked and truthful eye.

"This film is the youth view on the outdated structures and institutions that have repressed the freedom of expression, and the darkness of the world that surrounds us. As the morning comes our hero brings us hope."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorPaola Kudacki
ProducerMatthew Shattuck
Production CompanyBELIEVE MEDIA
Executive ProducerLiz Silver
Director of PhotographySantiago Gonzalez
Director of PhotographyXiaolong Liu
Art DirectorKelly Mcgehee
StylistJulie Ragolia
HairEvanie Frausto
Make-upGeorgi Sandev
Casting directorSarah Benjamin
EditorJarrett Fijal
ColouristJaime O’Bradovich
Director's RepresentationAlexa Haywood at Free Agent UK
LabelRCA Records

Rob Ulitski - 25th Jan 2021

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