Dang Is Invincible
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White
Hella Personal Film Festival
Directed by Alex Pierre, founder of Studio Doulzia
By John-Paul Shiver
The anime bizarro/friendly acid trip journey, that is “Dang Is invincible”, is a narrative delivered with hallucinogenic ferocity by the never banal, Open Mike Eagle. The track, produced by Paul White, is from last year’s “Hella Personal Film Festival”, mines through guitars being played in reverse on a record. That melty, backwards masking sound design, procures the exact hypnotic sensation. The video, which premiered on Adult Swim last week, documents the imagination at work, while falling asleep on a train with music in your ear, and dream visuals running amok. While you “breathe” in the wonders of big city public transportation.
Eagle, who exists in the lineage of They Might Be Giants and Richard Pryor, Freestyle Fellowship and his longtime friend and collaborator, Hannibal Burress. Still finds pockets to express realism, amidst the foggy ride.
“Woke up in a hood I ain’t recognize
I saw a weird looking cop and I said goodbye
F*cked around and got a little bit of exercise”
“Conceptually the video parallels Open Mike’s stream of consciousness and the narrative style of rap,’ said director and founder of Doulzia Studio’s, Alex Pierre.
The video follows Studio Doulzia’s Noul (the protagonist of their film concept Skeletonblood) moving through train cars in a New York Subway Q Train. Noul anxiously looks for a train car where she can feel at ease, her journey speaks to finding assurance and humor in the subtle unfamiliarities that exist within the atmosphere of intimate settings like train cars, that otherwise could make a person feel vulnerable. The song felt really visceral, and we wanted to capture that as much as we can visually.”
Studio Doulzia is a small international independent experimental quasi 2D animation studio consisting of artists residing in Canada, Japan, and the United States of diverse backgrounds and influence.