Words By Jake Krez
Sometimes, art needs a helping hand. For the better part of two years Chicago filmmaker Peter Campbell has become intertwined with the local music scene. Having shot videos for Donnie Trumpet, Chance The Rapper, Towkio, M&O, among others Campbell has become a well-known name amongst those in the know. His visuals are subtle yet striking, often accented by the choreography of close friend, Mary Pat Letourneau.
Ready to make the next step in his film progression, Campbell turned to crowd-funding site IndieGoGo to fetch funds for his ambitious film project, Worsebehaviour.
The project is described in the About section of the profile as “the story of a man’s hopeless infatuation with a woman at a local cafe and how it leads to them both being abducted by a violent, mentally unstable man. Part thriller, part rom-com, part dark comedy, part horror film.” It goes on to describe the nearly-funded project as “Tonally landing somewhere between Drive, Punch Drunk Love, and an episode of Louie.”
Quite a billing for a film debut, but Campbell has backed his words with a string of interesting, talented videos featuring artists from in and around Chicago doing what they do best. There’s Eryn Allen Kane singing Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”, Njomza covering Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”, a dash of soul from The O’My’s, NoNameGypsy giving listeners a glimpse at her upcoming album, Telefone and plenty more. The videos are promotional tools for the crowd-funding project but also do an excellent job displaying the full breadth of the current Chicago scene. Check out the videos below and visit the campaign’s Indiegogo page right here.