Artist Father John Misty is sharing the official video for Buddy’s Rendezvous which is directed by filmmaker and photographer Emma Elizabeth Tillman. It is a highlight from Misty’s acclaimed album Chloë and The Next 20th Century. Misty’s original version of Buddy’s Rendezvous brings is a classic because it consists of a beautiful production of piano playing that blends in with the amazing sound of the string instruments and classy saxophone playing whereas singer Lana Del Ray’s version brings a creative turn because the cover consists of a folk music background that mixes in with Del Ray’s strong and emotional jazzy voice.
“‘Buddy’s Rendezvous’ is a world unto itself. It is a place out of time. My dream for the video is that it would surrender itself to the power of the song. An unnamed man (played by Craig Stark), fresh out of jail and down on his luck makes his way across the fractured landscape of Los Angeles to meet his daughter (played by Arrow DeWilde). All the while he is beset by memories of a more innocent time. Despite her hesitance, his daughter and her boyfriend (played by Gilbert Trejo) agree to meet her father and find moments of sadness and sparks of tenderness in the connection made. Although the video and the song can be considered love letters to Los Angeles, the themes are universal. Disappointments, regrets, forgiveness, tenderness, perseverance, and love. The incredible performances by Arrow, Craig, Gilbert, and David Haley all coalesce to bring this vision to life. Cinematography by James Wall on 16mm evokes the down and out feeling of LA, merging past and present. This video could not have been accomplished without the talent of producer Bria Little and creative director and editor Jonathan King.” said Tillman