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Music Video: Emily Wells’ “Pack of Nobodies,” Directed by Ben Foster

With five films in theaters this year, including specialty hit Hell or High Water, as well as a turn in the St. Anne’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, actor Ben Foster is having what’s known as a moment. Now, add one other credit to his enviable run: his directorial debut with a music video for singer Emily Wells, “Pack of Nobodies.” And whereas most music videos feature performance and maybe one narrative storyline, Foster shoots Wells singing as well as five sets of actors in an interlocking series of emotional narratives.

From the music video’s press release:

The music video explores 5 different couples through moments in their relationship narrated by Emily Wells’ performance: “ If I could be concise about what the song is about – speak to linage somewhat as well – it’s kind of a realization that, we will need the ones we love. And just kind of giving into that.” says Wells.

Longtime friend and fan Ben Foster jumped on board to direct after hearing the song: “I just loved it and it spoke to a question, a line of questioning, which I will spend the rest of my life asking. How do we take care of each other and what does the word ‘we’ mean? Its five story lines- we build 5 different worlds and the game became about intermingling them and their difference were their similarities and that was very appealing to build with Ava [cinematographer].”

The video was produced by Tory Lenosky and shot by Ava Berkofsky, interviewed here for her work on Jake Mahaffy’s recent feature, Free in Deed.

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