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Supported by the Viken filmsenter as part of the Viken Ung "Viken young" program, the Halden International Music Film Festival (HIMF) offers a special opportunity for youth.

A music video workshop will take place during the HIMF from February 15 – 18 at the renowned Athletic Sound Studio, and at Kulturhuset in Halden. The seminar will be led by film- and video creator Anders Lindstad, educated at the University of Oslo and credited with producing programs and videos with a wide range of music artists and music ensembles.


At the music video workshop, the young participants will be tasked to create a music video for the local band Norma. The band is from Halden but has gained a reputation as one of the up- and coming bands in the region. Norma appeared at the "Aladdin Americana" festival in Halden in last summer, recently recorded their first mini-album, and is now occupying center space at HIMF.

The video that the students create will be shown on the main stage at Byparken on Saturday night February 18th just before Norma takes the stage. This workshop and activities around music videos is part of the emphasis that HIMF is placing on this genre, with different activities taking place through the festival.


In addition, A number of original drawings from the original a-ha music video “Take on me” will be exhibited in the exhibition area of the Kulturhuset, made available by Gunnar Strøm, professor emeritus in Film studies from Volda University College.

A keynote speaker on Thursday morning at HIMF, Gunnar Strøm he has published widely on animation, documentary film and music videos.

Also, Arvid Skancke-Knutsen will be on hand each day at 11:45 to present his daily choices of music videos. One of the country's foremost experts within the music video genre, he will present his choices and colorful explanations as he shows his choices of the day.

As noted above, the Video Music Workshop is supported by Viken film centre.

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Lee Fields is another one of the music veterans who has experienced a renaissance late in his career, like fellow soulmate Sharon Jones (also associated with the company Daptone records) and Rodriguez (who in 2012 was the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary "Sugar Man »).

Lee Fields made his comeback with the album "Faithful man" in 2012 and has since continued to release albums and tour the world. The album has thus given its name to this new documentary. He has visited Norway several times and will release a new album, "Sentimental Fool", at the end of October 2022.

Lee is now 71 years old and he released his first single in the late 1960s. In the early 70s he was sometimes called "Little JB", after James Brown, and he sang soul, funk and R'n'B. He was for a time in Kool and the Gang and worked with a large number of contemporary soul stars. But faded into obscurity when disco displaced soul music in the late 70s.

A fateful phone call a few decades later brought him back again, the story told by Directors Jessamyn Arsary and Joyce Mishaan.

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The record cover design company Hipgnosis set the standard for striking record covers from the late 1960s, first with their covers for Pink Floyd.

It was actually Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett who came up with the name "Hipgnosis" when Barrett shared an apartment with Hipgnosis owners Aubrey (Po´) Powell and Storm Thorgerson in the "Summer of Love" hippie year of 1967.

Hipgnosis' most famous record cover is Pink Floyd's "Dark side of the Moon" from 1973, complete with posters and stickers.

Along the way, Hipgnosis collaborated with, among others, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, T-Rex, ELO, 10CC, Black Sabbath, Peter Frampton, Rolling Stones, The Who and many other lesser-known artists.

Hipgnosis record covers were, in many ways, stand-alone, modern graphic works of art.

The Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn, who himself has been central in cover design and video creation for, among others, U2 and Depeche Mode, has interviewed Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Noel Gallagher, Nick Mason and Aubrey Powell for the new the documentary. Storm Thorgerson passed away in 2013.

Corbijn has made a large number of music videos, the documentary about Captain Beefheart/ Don van Vliet ("Some you you stuff"/ 1994) and the feature film about Joy Division's singer Ian Curtis ("Control"/ 2007). In later years he worked extensively with regular feature films and has published a large number of photo books.

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