(In random order)
Monihan served on the jury at the 2014 Local Sightings Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. The organizers asked him to shoot a little film, in order to introduce himself at the festival opening. This is that film. Naturally, he used the opportunity to shamelessly plug his own film, LA VOZ DE LOS SILENCIADOS, while dishing out tips on what he would be looking for in films as a jury member. Special appearance by Mr. Dead.
A love letter to our neck of the woods, BK, the Planet, what we call the Granite. Or...an ode to our two favorite RBs – Robert Bresson and Robert Beck (aka IceBerg Slim). Because everything is less, it's nothing more than our main man, Livingroom Johnston, walking the walk to a surrealistic soundscape on a sticky summer's day.
Written, Directed & Produced By Maximón Monihan
Shot by Winstan Whitter and Joe Cookie
Edited by Joe Cookie
Costumed by Finos.
Music: "Duchess" by The Stranglers
Weird House: Dean Kaufman & Yoko Ikeno
Cats: Happy & Apple
Sound Design inspired by Robert Bresson
RUN YOUR KICKS
This short film featuring the PRO-Keds 2010 spring line was written, shot, edited, scored and released in less than a week. We were in India when we got this job – Monihan wrote the script about mismatched shoes and mistaken identities while en route from Bombay to New York. Dante rounded up the cast and Florian & Annahita scouted the locations, all of which happened in the course of 3 days. We shot and edited the following 2 days and Phofo scored the music to the rough cut the day after that, impressing the hell out of everyone. All in all, not bad for a rush job.
Written & Directed by Maximón Monihan
Produced by Dante Ross
Original Music by Phofo
Shot by Jason Lewis
Lighting by James Garrett
Edited by Maximón Monihan
Still Photo by Florian Böhm
Styling by Annahita Kamali
The Making Of
Our friends at WeSC asked if we'd be interested in making a film documenting the crafting of their shoes, which are made more or less by hand, in Italy. So we traveled to the factories way down in the heel of the boot, to the towns surrounding Lecce in the Apulia region. Pulling back the curtain, the film exposes every step of WeSC's shoemaking process, revealing the intrinsic hard-work and craftsmanship that goes into the making of their products.
Disclaimer: Sporco means 'Dirty' in Italian, which means this is the Dirty Version (AKA the version with a flash of social commentary on a certain religious culture's love affair with the virgin/whore dichotomy). If you want a Pulito ('clean') version, you can find it here. Grazie mille. Divertitevi!
THE UNIFORM PROJECT
1 DRESS. 365 DAYS.
On May 1st 2009, Sheena Matheiken set out on an unusual creative adventure by pledging to wear the same dress for whole year and reinvent it daily. The exercise was a rouse to create awareness around the perils of disposable fashion while also raising funds for a worthy cause - the education of underprivileged children in India. The Uniform Project went viral and acquired millions of followers online, raising over 100k in funds. This film is a visual chronicle of Sheena's year-long journey that we compiled towards the end of the project. Through high times and low, holidays, birthdays, and travels abroad, there's been one constant… or actually two. This is the story of a girl and her little black dress.
A movie by Matheiken & Monihan.
Music by The The, Coda by J,P,G&R
Sound FX by Phofo.
NEGROES ON ICE
Around 20 years ago Prince Paul had his first child, a son that he named Paul. Around 20 years later, he formed a band with said son, under the moniker Negroes on Ice. The father-son duo created a stage play, an album and this single which is performed by Paul Jr aka DJ P For Real. The song parodies the use and abuse of SMS lingo amongst today's youth.
Starring: DJ P For Real & Sasheer Zamata
Prince Paul, Talent, Amber Nelson, Cirocco Dunlap & Bussa Bus
Written & Directed by Maximón Monhan
Edited by Sheena Matheiken
Shot by Drake Miller
Lighting by James Garrett
THE RISE AND THE FALL OF THE DIX
THE MOST FAMOUS BAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF.
A documentary about the world's most popular band to have ever come out of Compton, New York. Exactly like every other music doc you've ever seen about 60's/boomer bands on PBS (Ken Burns, WhaT!?!) But with innuendo.
A movie by Monihan & Nieratko.
Written by Monihan, Nieratko, Prince Paul and Mr. Len.
Music by The Dix
Co-Produced by Studio Iodyne & Smacks Records
A MESSAGE FROM THE KIDS
THE UNIFORM PROJECT
We made this little film with the children of Akaksha – the educational organization we were raising funds for during The Uniform Project. Shot during U.P's world tour, Sheena & Monihan worked with the kids to send a message to U.P supporters around the globe. Forget PSAs… this is a PDA. Music by the legendary Asha Bhosle & the late great Kishore Kumar.
DAFT PUNK INTERVIEW
In 2008, Joe Cookie filmed Monihan interviewing Daft Punk for Vice. The interview was conducted under very awkward circumstances. Details? Well, for instance, the executives supporting the project were breathing down Monihan's neck, feeding him questions he was certain the band didn't want to discuss. On top of that, the radio engineer had everyone wearing really awkward earphones, typical of radio interviews, but something that makes conversation stilted and tedious. So, unless you really love Daft Punk, you may find this video incredibly dull and annoying. Lastly, seeing as they are a French import, the disguises we decided to wear are in homage to De La Soul (yo, I'm speaking Francais yo).
Music video for the first Jean Grae single from her album, "Jeanius". It was real cool of Bobby DeNiro to swing through and do this little cameo. And when he insisted on working for scale? I mean, we all know he loves the sisters but damn, we were all really taken aback by his generosity. Stand up guy, 110%. And he still looks like a million bucks. Doesn't seem to age a bit.
Lyrics and Vocal Performance by Jean Grae
Video Written & Directed by Maximón Monihan
Music by 9th Wonder
Shot & Edited by Joe Cookie
Styling by Petria May
Driving by Bobby DeNiro
For Blacksmith/Warner Bros. Records Inc.
In August 2008, a few days after the Olympics had already begun, we were offered an opportunity to create a little commercial for a company that was involved with bringing the summer games experience to viewers everywhere. They wanted to know if we could deliver a potentially viral “spot” by Sunday night, three days later. All they had was the tagline, “leave it to the Olympians”, which meant that we more or less had complete creative control, the ideal gig, a free for all, on their bill. So we got down to business and the “spot” was conceived and completed all in three days, on time, and under budget. But little did we know, the IOC decided to run tests and deemed that we must have been on some sort of performance enhancers. Yep, banned for doping… Our three-day masterpiece stopped by the committee for being too dope.
Starring: Christine Afra, James Garrett, Rony Mejia, Quincy & Jordan Mangi, Isiaih Davis, Bussa Bus & Shahzad Bhatti
Written, shot, edited & directed by Maximón Monihan
Narration by Don Newkirk
Music by Phofo