Filmmaker Marie-Michele Jasmin-Belisle is used to working spontaneously. Her projects tend to be free-flowing art films, on-the-road documentaries or video loops. As director of Albuquerque gypsy jazz quartet Le Chat Lunatique’s first official video, the Montreal native and part-time New Mexico resident entered unfamiliar territory. The video was the result of a very planned scenario. “It involved a ridiculous amount of logistics,” Jasmin-Belisle says via e-communiqué.
Years in the making, the concept for the locally shot “Demonic Lovely” video came to Jasmin-Belisle after she was bitten by a black widow spider. It features dancer Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin as a black-widow-type woman who, with the help of a few friends, picks off members of the band. In keeping with Le Chat’s aesthetic, its stars—and dozens of extras—are all done up in 1940s style.
“I must say that our production meetings were always pretty damn funny, and that we had the time of our lives shooting it—although Jared, who had to carry his bass through the desert, may not agree with the entirety of that statement,” the director says.
See the premiere of the “Demonic Lovely” video at Low Spirits—where parts of it were shot—on Friday. The evening will include a few viewings of the video, as well as deleted sequences and behind-the-scenes footage and a live performance by the band. The video will post to the web on Saturday, Jan. 21.