Kia Labeija Vogues Through Bogotá in Pillar Point’s Stunning “Dove” Video

Multidisciplinary visual artist Kia Labeija plays Dove in Pillar Point’s latest music video, voguing her way through Bogotá in search of her lover. The video takes us through the colorful streets of La Candelaria, Bogotá’s colonial neighborhood, which is packed with trendy cafés, street art, and student bars.

Kia Labeija, also known as Kia Benbow, comes out of the New York ball scene’s legendary House of Labeija – an incubator of queer black and Latino culture, where voguing and dance battles known as balls have flourished since 1977.

In “Dove,” directed by Jacob Krupnick, Labeija takes flight in and around the city’s streets, duck walking through an open air-market to the amusement of local passersby. She’s also seen cat walking past 400-year-old colonial homes with iron balconies and Spanish-tiled roofs before descending on one of downtown’s main intersections, where she continues to kill it with her incredible moves…

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Girl Walk // All Day - A music video of epic proportions

If dancing makes you smarter, the Dancing In The Cloud/Dancing For Small Screens panel discussion on January 27, with excerpts from Jacob Krupnick’s new video Girl Walk//All Day, will definitely make you a bit more intelligent than you were previous. Watch an early trailer from Girl Walk//All Day, above.

Dawn Paap, producer of the site VideoDanceTV, will join Richard Daniels, Peter Kyle, and James Garver on the panel, with 92nd Street Y’s Edward Henkel. They’ll discuss dance for small screens and how the forging of new collaborative territory can have a significant impact in creating uniquely personal experiences for the viewer.

In addition, Paap selected excerpts from Girl Walk // All Day for screening and discussion. Looking to “expand the boundaries around the idea of the traditional music video”, Girl Walk//All Day is a 71-minute dance music video of epic proportions, set to the tune of Girl Talk’s All Day.

More info, and tickets, available here.

Read more about Girl Walk//All Day, and Anne Marsen, the dancer seen within, on The New York Times.

Watch on girlwalkallday-blog.tumblr.com

Check out Jacob’s interview with Cindy Hsu on the CBS Morning Show!

“Since the last day of college, I have been living with a Weston ammeter made in Newark, N.J., in the late 1890s – a device that performs a single task: measure electric currents. It reminds me that there was an era before ours when people expressed pride and dignity in entirely different ways.  There’s no reason I should feel nostalgic, or wistful, or vaguely turned on when I look at the ammeter, but I do.”

Jacob Krupnick was photographed in New York City on November 2nd. You can follow him on Twitter.


Can’t believe I forgot to post this! Jacob (director + cameraman) + I (wife-to-the-director / snack carrier / music + miscellaneous task operator) produced this dance music video, Girl Walk // All Day, just after the new year. 

The project, in short:

We’ve set out to combine the amazing talents of improvisational dancer Anne Marsen (and a supporting cast of contemporary dancers) with the epic new Girl Talk album, All Day, creating an album-length music video of grand proportions. We’ll continue shooting through the spring of 2011, then plan to screen the piece, in full, in public, as well as make it fully available for free online.

It’s gotten a bit of press, so you can also see some notes and excitement on Gothamist, The Huffington Post, from Funkmaster Flex and in The Village Voice. You can keep up to date with the project + with other info right here, as we continue to work on the music video. 


last night’s premiere of girl walk all day was pretty awesome. i’m very proud of jacob and youngna, their dancers,  and their entire crew. working in this field, you realize how hard it is to envision a project, produce it, and maintain your vision through the end. and girl walk all day is a great example of a great vision produced and executed wonderfully. the party last night was lots of fun, but most importantly, the film in its entirety was really good. if you’ve ever tried making your own films, it’s not easy. even making a short that is good is a challenge. so to make a music video that is feature length, and to tell a story without words, all in an inspiring way - i was impressed. congratulations to girl walk all day and to kickstarter for making this happen! so inspiring.

In our chapter on how *not* to hang a picture (that is, shelving, stacking, or otherwise displaying art without putting a nail in your wall), we showcase the home of Youngna Park and Jacob Krupnick, creative powerhouses whose work you probably know from all sorts of places.

Lately, Youngna has been making very lovely ceramics, some of which you can buy over at More and Co. Get into it.

We’ve had a lot of interviews over the last 15 months, but yesterday’s 45 minute conversation between Director Jacob Krupnick and CNET’s Daniel Terdiman was the first to take the gchat format. 

Krupnick and Terdiman discuss the making of the film, at length, whether Krupnick thought the film “would work,” the role of Kickstarter, advice for filmmakers headed down the Kickstarter route, and why we released the film online in chapters. 

A few excerpts are below, and head over to CNET to read the full article.

We live in a world with $100 million action films with massively expensive special effects. How does a small film like yours end up being so intriguing? 

Krupnick: I have a pretty strong aversion to heavy-duty special effects work, actually. I’m just not a fan of fakeness. With “Girl Walk,” there are a bunch of layers of reality. As the viewer, you know it really happened. You know the dancers performed their routine; they’re not marionettes.

We wanted to create a film that would be constantly engaging, and totally immersive, so that you’d feel like you were on a custom roller coaster, swimming through the city in pursuit of these wily, unpredictable dancers.

What does your success story say about the future of funding small independent films? 

Krupnick: What gives me pause as a creator is whether I could produce something that requires less crowd-calling. I’ve embraced every aspect of the crowd with this film, but I worry that projects might wind up spending too much energy on campaigning. That worked wonderfully for our project, but isn’t necessarily the ticket for quieter projects. The lesson for an independent filmmaker is that money is just half the battle. Arguably, the bigger one is finding your audience. Kickstarter helped get us both of these.

The Insiders: Youngna Park and Jacob Krupnick

Prepare yourself to meet a couple that just oozes artistry: Jacob Krupnick and Youngna Park are both crazy-talented photogs who co-created a mesmerizing feature-length music video (more on that below). Oh, and they also made this mini Of a Kind film about the talented and articulate sisters behind Lizzie Fortunato. Basically: RENAISSANCE TWOSOME. —carlye wisel

Q: What’s the most remarkable photograph you’ve ever seen?
Jacob: I saw this Margaret Bourke-White picture at a gallery in Soho in the early nineties, when I had just moved to NYC and had started taking pictures. It’s called Hats in the Garment District, and it captures the time of a place just perfectly.  
Youngna: We just saw a Joel Sternfeld retrospective at C/O in Berlin, and the image McLean, Virginia, December 1978 from his American Prospects series really wowed me. 

Q: What game show do you think you two would have the best chance of winning?
Jacob: We’d destroy Double Dare.

Q: Do you own any Of a Kind editions?
Jacob: Not yet! I was dying for the Dorian Tie, but *alas*, she’s all sold out. Youngna’s in love with the Kroller Tote (by Love Mert). Our friend Chrysanthe has the floral Clare Vivier clutch, which we both ogle pretty regularly.

Q: Do you have any easy-peasy tips so all of us iPhone photogs can make our pictures look a smidge better?
Youngna: Shoot near windows in natural light.
Jacob: The Camera+ app lets you adjust exposure and focus in a way I really like.

Q: What’s the last great book you read?
Jacob and Younga: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. Joint answer!

Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever made with your own two hands?
Jacob: Our movie, Girl Walk // All Day. Self-aggrandizing, but true.

Q: What’s the last thing you saw that really amazed you?
Jacob: On the shocked side of amazed: We were in Beijing this January while the pollution broke previous records. The weight of the air, the taste of the air, the effect of the pollution on the light, and the speed at which it swept into the city have had us thinking and talking about it since we got back. 

Q: You’ve got $200 and two hours off of work. What’s your game plan?
Jacob: Ride bikes to Fairway in Red Hook; blow all the cash on fancy cheese. Save $4 for a rosemary-apricot bar from Baked.

Q: What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn but still haven’t?
Jacob: How to speak another language with panache. And how to tie a bowtie. [Ed: Here’s your chance, ℅ The Hill-Side!]
Youngna: I wish I could sing.

Meet some more mind-blowingly amazing people here.

An Epic Dance to the Music of Girl Talk by Paul Tough for the NY Times

“How a mash-up album begat an epic amateur dance video starring a former ballerina gone amok and a host of befuddled Staten Island Ferry commuters.”

Jacob + Girl Walk // All Day are featured in this weekend’s all new New York Times Magazine. (I get a shoutout as “Krupnick’s wife”!)

Thanks to writer Paul Tough, the 60,000 viewers (and counting) and everyone who has contributed to the Kickstarter campaign so far (9 days left!). 

This Friday, January 20th at 8:00 p.m. we’ll have a special screening + conversation about the making-of Girl Walk // All Day in collaboration with Skillshare + the coworking space, Grind.  

From Skillshare:

Part conversation and part film screening, this class will discuss the concept development, making-of, and marketing of the musical dance film Girl Walk // All Day. Director, Jacob Krupnick and Producer, Youngna Park, will speak about transforming a creative idea into a crowd-funded and web-distributed feature-length film. Specifically, they’ll cover:

+ Knowing when to take the plunge with a big idea
+ Producing a film with a lean team + small footprint
+ Developing a web identity for a creative project
+ How to use the crowd as your best tool

The conversation will be followed by a screening of the film and a Q+A session. This is a BYOB event. Cups + snacks will be provided.

To get your ticket, click here ($15). 

How Did we Miss this Bit of Awesomeness?

We know that you may have already seen this clip of the forthcoming 71 minute epic Girl Talk music video, especially since it was already mentioned in a few little periodicals like, say, The New York Times and, um, The Huffington Post. We apologize if you’re all, “Hey Standard, February called and wants their video clip back”. It’s just that we only discovered it yesterday and would hate to think there are a few others out there who, like us, may have missed out on this little bit of awesomeness. Enjoy!

Girl Walk // All Day from jacob krupnick on Vimeo.

Girl Walk // All Day: A Music Video of Epic Proportions is directed by Jacob Krupnick, features dancer Anne Marsen, and is set to Girl Talk’s new album, All Day.  The feature length music video is due to be released later this summer.   For more information check out their website by clicking here.

Click here to download a free legal copy of Girl Talk’s latest album, All Day.


Dance party. Happy Friday!



What is this you ask?

If this doesn’t turn your frown upside down, there is something seriously wrong with you.

Walking off the ferry, b-boy and “H2O Telephone” scenes are my favorite.