Still from AMEA's "Vaycay" directed by Matthew Buikema
Earlier this month, Santikos enlisted the help ofSan Antonio Sound Garden and Alamo City Studiosto help organize its inaugural annual competition, Riffs and Reels,where 9 local bands were paired with 9 local filmmakers to create respective music videos with a budget of zero. The videos were then judged, with the top three winners taking home cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500, all donated by the local movie theater chain – and holy crap, did these videos turn out amazing. So, if you weren't able to catch the Riffs and Reels premiere on June 20, here are all the videos that were entered, starting with the top three winners:
Josh Glenn Experiment "Make Believe" Directed by Rod Guajardo
Certainly not to take away from director Rod Guajardo's epic visuals (look for that crazy water tower scene), but you could almost pair anything with Josh Glenn's explosive track "Make Believe" and it would probably turn out amazing. However, combined with Guajardo's striking cinematography, and skillful narration, it's no surprise that these dudes took home first place.
Second Place Black Market Club "Falling" Directed by Sam Lerma
Black Market Club's "Falling" cuts back to slow motion shots of the band literally falling through the air as their van cascades off a highway for a hilariously and slightly macabre experience.
Third Place Volcan "Las Aves" Directed by Alejandro DeHoyos
Ever just stumble upon some dope ass party while an amazing live band plays in the background. Well, that's basically the gist of what's happening in Alejandro DeHoyos video for Latin, indie-orchestra Volcan and their track "Las Aves."
AMEA "Vaycay" Directed by Matthew Buikema
Punctuated with aerial views of lush forestry, director Matthew Buikema pulls audiences through a visually striking 4 minutes and 53 seconds of beautiful cryptic scenes that forces viewers to think, "wait, what?"
Lonely Horse "Holy Ghost Power" Directed by Dustin Jacobson
The desert duo powerhouse Lonely Horse are back with a new sensual video from director Dustin Jacobson which perfectly matches the sultry rock and roll tones from a band that continues to slay San Antonio in waves of blues-heavy rock & roll.
Love Killed The Hero "Ride" Directed by Scott Langford
In the video for "Ride," director Scott Langford captures the hilarious personalities of the dudes in Love Killed the Hero as the band performs on a porch for a woman who sort of looks she's lost but also enjoying the tunes.
My Madness "Hold on Tight" Directed by Rogelio Salinas
While the scene of My Madness dolled up in drag and having a pillow fight is sort of random and equally awesome, director Rogelio Salinas takes the audience through a few minutes of what feel sort of like a Foo Fighters music video, which definitely isn't a bad thing.
Sioux and Fox "We'll Be Alright" Directed by Richard Jemal
Easily the catchiest song on the lineup, Sioux and Fox's "We'll Be Alright" is a straightforward dance party that's laid back and feels like a scene out of a late '90s college movie.
Tera Ferna "Oh Tomorrow" Directed by Freddie Munoz
Tera Ferna's "Oh Tomorrow" depicts a tale of lust and loss, which pairs perfectly with the band's somber tune.