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Exclusive Video Premiere: The Dandy Warhols’ “And Then I Dreamt of Yes”

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08102009_HelfrichDandyWarhol.jpgDirector Mark Helfrich is a romantic. He’s nostalgic about his beginnings as an editor, back when editors actually had to cut reels of 35mm film by hand. He used to be a DJ too, and for him, movies and music go hand in hand like vinyl and a good pair of headphones. A longtime Dandy Warhols fan, he shot this video for their song, “And Then I Dreamt of Yes,” off of “Earth To The Dandy Warhols.” The “Dr. Caligari” couple are so convincing that you may assume they’re projections of original 1919 footage, unless you’ve happened to have seen it recently, but they’re actors in old-timey makeup jobs shot simultaneously in the frame with the band. I had a conversation with Helfrich about the ideas and process behind the video, and we didn’t shy away from a little guy talk about female nudes or the movie “Predator,” either.

Courtney Taylor wrote a song for your film “Good Luck Chuck” — was that your first collaboration with the band?

Yeah, that’s the first time we got together. I really like the Dandy Warhols, so I called them up and asked if they’d do a song. Courtney obliged and came up with the song called “Good Luck Chuck” that fit perfectly in the film. So we started a friendship there and he asked if I’d be interested in doing some videos for them. I said, “Of course!”

You’ve been a Dandys fan…

For a long time. Since the beginning.

So you must be aware of their strange relationship to the Brian Jonestown Massacre?

Oh yeah, I saw “DiG!” I thought that was a really good documentary, too. It certainly entertained.

Tell me about these references to “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” in the video.

When I was listening to the song over and over again, [I kept having] visions of water. And for some reason, it just popped into my head — the somnambulist from “Caligari” — so I thought I should integrate that. And I thought it would be fun to try to emulate the look of a 1919 film.

I like the small naked females frolicking about in the water/floor, that’s some erotically charged liquid.

So do I! It was a treat to put together the concept of the video based solely on what popped into my head when I listened to this song. And of course, naked water nymphs somehow crept into my subconscious. We’ve got the water, why not make it deep water and put all these writhing bodies in it? And there’s guys too, not just girls.

That’s just kind of how you roll, too. It’s reminiscent of a photo or two in your photography book “Naked Pictures Of My Ex-Girlfriends,” isn’t it?

I love nude photography and erotic photography, especially black and white — I got a chance to integrate that interest into the video. It was a lot of fun shooting in a pool at night with these water nymphs — who were primarily Dandy Warhol fans. We put out a call on the Internet for fans who would want to come get naked for a Dandy Warhol video. There’s this Gregory Crewdson photo that has a woman floating in water inside of house — that influenced me as well.

08102009_CourtneyDandyWarhol.jpgHow does music inspire or influence your film work?

I love music and the integration of music and film. For me, it’s the ultimate when the two artforms merge magically. There are films that integrate music and image so well that they become inseparable in your mind, and those make the greatest impression on me. Like the use of the [Buffalo Springfield] song “Expecting to Fly” in “Coming Home,” Hal Ashby’s film. Like The Who’s “5:15” in “Quadrophenia” — for me, every time I hear that song, I see that scene. Simon and Garfunkel with “The Graduate,” [Roy Orbison’s] “In Dreams” in “Blue Velvet,” even “Soul Bossa Nova” in “Austin Powers,” the Quincy Jones song… they were melded so perfectly with one another.

I have to mention, you were the editor on one of my favorite boyhood films…

“Revenge of the Ninja?!?”

[Laughs] No, “Predator.” How thrilling was that?

I thought it was revolutionary at the time — the visual effects — seeing the invisible. We did a lot of preproduction testing on that: how do you show something that’s invisible, you know? Yhe heat vision was relatively new at the time too. That was a fun movie.

Back when you were a projectionist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I imagine a young Mark Helfrich dreaming, did you think someday…

Oh yeah, holding the film and threading up the reels on the projector, I really wanted to create a roll of 35mm film that was mine. That was a thrilling thought then. It’s still a thrilling thought now.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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