The Third Annual Locus @ Kearny Street Workshop Do It Yourself Music Video Contest

Thursday, December 03, 2009

It's about that time again - and musicians and filmmakers - I really can't wait to see the videos you put out this year:

Presenting the third annual Locus @ Kearny Street Workshop Do It Yourself Music Video Contest co-presented by the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

Once again, Locus@KSW is teaming up musicians and bands with filmmakers from the Asian American community to make music videos that will premiere at a special event in February 2010 and compete for an opportunity to screen at the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

We've produced some amazing videos through this annual program. DIY teams have duked it out online two years in a row for a coveted spot in the SFIAAFF. Last year, two DIY music videos made it into the film festival: Mud's Careless, directed by Matthew Abaya won the popular vote and Denizen Kane's Holdin' Up the Wall, directed by Jason Mateo won the jury prize. These and all of the 2009 Do It Yourself Music Videos can be seen at

Musicians and filmmakers interested in participating in the 2010 contest should get in touch with us by emailing No prior experience with making music videos is necessary. Locus@KSW will match you up with a band or filmmaker. Due to logistics for the premiere event, all participants, especially musicians who are invited to perform at the premiere, should be local to the San Francisco Bay Area (although this isn't required if you're willing to make the trip!)

Asian American musicians and filmmakers interested in making no to low budget music videos with other Asian American musicians and filmmakers just need to submit a short bio about themselves along with the following:

• Solo musicians and bands must have a CD quality recording of the song you would like to use in a music video. Please email us a link to your website or other online venue with music samples.

• Filmmakers must have their own video camera, editing software, and a sample of their work. If you have a sample of your work posted online, please email us a link your work. If you do not have your work posted online, email us and we can make arrangements to get a sample from you.

**We would also like to encourage participants to seek out their own partners. Filmmakers, if you know a band that you've been wanting to make a music video with and you contact them about collaborating for this project, feel free to email us a collaborative submission. Musicians, same thing. Also, in the true Do It Yourself spirit, we are also open to self-made videos by those of you musician/filmmakers out there that really do it all yourself. If you want to make a music video, we want to give you a place to show your talent to the community in 2010.

The deadline to let us know that you are interested in participating is December 15, 2009. If you know any budding directors, producers, story tellers, bands, singers, songwriters and MC's looking to get involved with a community network that shares the love of making music videos please forward this call to them.

Email your submissions to or visit for more info.
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