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Ray Tintori ’06 to write, direct Spike Jonze film

ray tintoriRay Tintori ’06, who directed MGMT’s music video for “Kids,” was recently featured in New York Magazine for his latest project: writing and directing for Spike Jonze.

Jonze, a fan of the “Kids” video, chose Tintori to adapt Shane Jone’s novel Light Boxes. In Ray’s words:

I met Spike over a three-hour dinner at Balthazar to talk about adapting Shane Jones’s novel Light Boxes. I grew up on Spike’s work, but it wasn’t like meeting the queen of England. It was a conversation, a collaboration. He told me he liked the baby seat in the video I did for MGMT’s “Kids.” You have no idea: That was one of those things where you pour all this work into a detail and you wonder, Is anyone even going to notice this? And then it’s Spike Jonze noticing, which was cool.

I directed MGMT’s videos because they’re from Wesleyan, too, and I didn’t want anyone else to get it wrong. But I don’t want to be known as one of those Brooklyn kids who smokes pot all day and looks at cats. After college I moved to New Orleans to make a movie. I had tried working as a P.A. for a film shooting in Bushwick, but everyone expects you to work for free, so I figured I might as well be doing my own work.

When my senior thesis played at Sundance, people pushed me to direct easy features, but I’m not good at mercenary work. I’m too weird. You know how I calm down when I’m editing? I listen to Shields and Brooks on NewsHour online— stuff from, like, 1996.

New York: Ray Tintori on Working with Spike Jonze on “Light Boxes”


Boy Crisis video: “Dressed to Digress” at Wes

SORT-OF-EXCLUSIVE. Boy Crisis‘s official music video for “Dressed to Digress” was finished over the summer, but might not be officially released for awhile due to label issues. Now it’s on Youtube. LEAK.

Everything in the video is Wesleyan, and it is hilarious. Directed by Ray Tintori ’06, filmed on campus and in Middletown, groupie love from Eclectic women, Leif as the Pope, Das Racist eating string beans, Genevieve Angelson in clips from the other D2D video, fucking with cultural notions of masculinity, a group jump shot at Indian Hill, ghostriding under the bridge to Portland, a giant pack of cigarettes rollerblading down from Russell House.

Watch it before it gets taken down or something:

More Boy Crisis:

Boy Crisis on Wesleying
“Fountain of Youth” video

Village Voice Discovers the Wesleyan Music Scene

wes-music-sceneThe Wesleyan Music Scene is gaining exposure in the American mainstream media – British periodicals NME and the Guardian have been watching this trend since last year, and the Village Voice has now picked up on it with an article examining how Wes came to be the “epicenter of surrealist Brooklyn pop”.

In contrast to the breathless hype of last year’s NME feature, this one is grounded and pretty accurate in describing the loosely associated group of Wes-to-Brooklyn artists we’ve come to blog and love over the past few years.

The Village Voice interviewed key members like Simon O’Connor of Amazing Baby, Ben Goldwasser of MGMT, Tal Rozen of Boy Crisis, and associate/film director Ray Tintori, who discuss their relationships to Wesleyan, Eclectic, and each other:

[Wesleyan’s] never been known as a particularly “cool” place until now. And if it seems wrong for a tiny, nerdy Connecticut college to be the focus of so much hype, well, blame the British. The music press over there is obsessed with Brooklyn bands, and MGMT’s collegiate circle is obviously irresistible[…] Boy Crisis’s U.K. publicist advertises them as having attended “Connecticut’s prestigious Wesleyan Art College,” a blatant attempt to make it sound somehow fashionable.

That sort of thing drives O’Connor nuts. “It’s not a fucking art college,” he says flatly. “I made the mistake of telling an NME writer that Will (Berman) had left our band to join MGMT, and that was it. We were labeled a Wesleyan band.” O’Connor is currently the only member of his band who attended the school, and he doesn’t think the experience was anything special. “Yeah, we played in bands together,” he says, “but we were music majors. That’s just what you do.” O’Connor and VanWyngarden had a band called Irma Vep that once opened for the Rapture at the Eclectic Society, another institution O’Connor is quick to denounce: “It was exactly like that movie PCU,” he says. “A nerd society, basically.”

MGMT’s Ben Goldwasser was a member of Eclectic, and though he admits he thought of the club as lousy with “hipster assholes” at first, he warmed up to the idea when his friends joined. “I liked being involved in running a performance venue,” he says. “We had the best room on campus for bands to play.” As for Wesleyan overall, Goldwasser disagrees with O’Connor about the experience. “There was definitely something about it,” he says. “There was the usual college drinking/party atmosphere, but people also took initiative to put on creative events. There were bands playing really cool shows on campus”—MGMT among them.

Conversely, Boy Crisis didn’t perform much while at school, and Das Racist and Amazing Baby formed post-college in New York, but the core Wesleyan crowd stayed friends, which won them all extra attention once MGMT blew up. “In some cases, we’ve tried to get their names out there and make people aware of them,” says Goldwasser. “But once we started getting attention, people just automatically started looking at bands we were friends with and bands that came from Wesleyan.”

Also mentioned are Max Goldblatt, the choreographer for many of Tintori’s videos, current student/DJ/producer Leif, Das Racist, and Francis and the Lights.

Like that other Wes entertainment syndicate, the current crop of Wes-related artists is dubbed the “Wesleyan mafia”:

It’s like a ladder,” [Tintori] says. “When somebody moves up a rung, they reach a hand down to the next guy.” It’s the kind of career mechanism a lot of people would love to latch on to, and Goldblatt suspects they’re already trying. “There must be tons of kids in neon Wayfarers writing wild, psychedelic essays to get into Wesleyan now,” he says. The frightening thing is, he’s probably right.

Looking at you, class of 2013!

Read the whole article:

Village Voice: The Wesleyan Mafia: MGMT, Boy Crisis, Amazing Baby

Boy Crisis, Dressed to Digress

Boy Crisis has a hilarious (and hilariously low-budget) unofficial video for “Dressed to Digress”, put together by Bob Weisz ’07 with outtakes from the official video and featuring Genevieve Angelson ’08 as their biggest fan.

Stay tuned for the actual Ray Tintori-helmed video. Meanwhile, there is this teaser:

Wes on Obama’s Inauguration

In our post-inauguration excitement last month, we somehow managed to overlook every major piece of Wesleyan-related news about the inauguration in our inbox. Here’s a brief recap of what would have been timely a month ago, various Wes people’s perspectives on the inauguration in various media sources:

  • Eleanor Celeste ’10 (center) was featured in an NY Times article about how her family, which was politically divided during the campaign trail, came to embrace Barack Obama and traveled to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration.

  • President Roth commented on Obama’s inauguration speech in Politico, which is owned by Robert Allbritton ’92:

    “My first reaction is to marvel at how this candidate of change, of ‘Yes, we can’ spent considerable rhetorical force on tying his work back to the core values of American history,” wrote historian Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

  • British style magazine Dazed and Confused ran a two-page spread in its February issue entitled “Two Young Creatives Remember the Campaign Trail,” containing a long interview with Ben Rowland and Ray Tintori ’06 about the youth perspective on the election, and featuring Rowland’s photos taken on the campaign trail: