The Brothers Byrne – Conor ‘11 and Tyler ‘09 – have been using their post-Wes years to create a series of distinctive short films and music videos. We’ll screen their short Four Eyes and other works, then provide an opportunity for current and prospective majors (or other future filmmakers) to pick the brains of two recent alumni off to a great start.
Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free
Full of pop culture references, science experiments, and an upbeat indie-pop sound, the music video for Sarah Dooley’s first single, “Peonies,” definitely has Wesleyan written all over it.
Wes alums Conor Byrne ’11, Tyler Byrne ’09, and Robert Alvarez ’11 joined forces with the New York-based singer-songstress to create a “musical short film” that would both encompass the energy of Dooley’s music and tell a musical story. To accrue the funds for the project, the group started a kickstarter campaign, which met and exceeded their $5,000 goal—undoubtedly due to Sarah’s palpable charisma and sense of humor, as seen in the video she posted on the fundraising site.
After weeks of fleshing out the details, filming took place in the summer of 2012 in New York City with the help of even more Wesleyan alumni, including Aude Cuenod ’09, Andrew Gladstone ’11, Mat Larkin ’11, and senior Augustin Vita ’13. The video was inspired by a combination of studio-era Hollywood musicals, “weird science,” and the elusive concept of true love, culminating in a visually appealing and compelling end result, which was posted on Vimeo approximately a week ago.
For more about the video, Sarah Dooley, and the Byrne Brothers, read after the jump.
First Mate from Conor Byrne on Vimeo.
Tyler Byrne ’09, not to be confused with Conor Byrne ’11, sends in word about “First Mate,” a brand new short film starring Amanda Facelle ’09 and directed and written by Conor Byrne ’11, not to be confused with Tyler Byrne ’09, who produced it. Confused yet? Wait until you watch a “lovestruck beach-house gardener” vying for the affections of an “oblivious trophy wife” in Byrne’s colorful short. It’s cold and grey outside, so consider watching it twice.
Meanwhile, a veritable smorgasbord of other recent alumni worked on the project, including:
- Writer/Director: Conor Byrne ’11
- Producer: Tyler Byrne ’09
- Cinematographer: Justin Zweifach ’11
- Production Designer: Robert Alvarez ’11
- Art Director: Augustin Vita ’13
- Crew: Nick Singer ’11 and Ezra Nachman ’11
- Starring Amanda Facelle ’09
Check it out on Vimeo, or scope the embed above.