Moses Sumney - 'Quarrel'

Moses Sumney - 'Quarrel'

Drifting over a wintry terrain with the angelic vocals of Sumney pitted against it, we explore a horse stable tucked away in a rural, frozen landscape. We find Moses underneath the snowfall sharing a spiritual moment with a horse. The two are isolated together in a dreamlike montage and share a hypnotic bond that borders on the romantic as Moses cares for the horse. But when the two are separated, there is a lingering tension that invites the viewer to explore its nuance. Moses leaves the warmth of the stable to his secluded hideaway where he keeps his trophy-the lifeless body of a horse pinned up as a sculpture. It's terrifying, yet symbolic as Moses' stoic character reflects on his work.

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Allie Avital

Moses Sumney



Directors: Allie Avital, Moses Sumney
Executive Producer: Whitney Jackson
Cinematographer:  Simon Turnbull, Martin Solvang
Editor: Allie Avital
Production Designer: Rebecca Morrin
Music: Moses Sumney
Principal Cast: Moses Sumney
Additional Credits: Steadicam Operator: Stew Cantrell, Ranch/Horse Caretaker: Indya Moore, 1st Assistant Director: Darya Zhuk, VFX: B.Art.VFX Studio, 1st Assistant Camera: Joshua Ruffner, Colorist: Kaitlyn Battistelli at Electric Theater Collective, Stylist: Savannah White, SPFX Hair & Make-Up: Melanie Licata, Gaffer: Yessica Curiel-Montoya, Key Grip: Katsumi Funahashi


Publicity Contact
Whitney Jackson
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2017
Genre: Folk
Screening in: Music Video Program
Screening Section: Music Video Competition
Screening Category: Music Video
Country: ["Denmark", "United States"]
Runtime: 07:07 mins