The Soul of Video Content with Director Nick Cavalier
52:27 · 2019
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Director Nick Cavalier joins hosts Frank King and Kristin Walker to talk about his work and filming tough subjects. He was the director of the documentary Down Again. Kristin had interviewed Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter, the subject of Down Again, on our show. That film is an exploration of the connection between mental illness and creativity. The film explores the catharsis of making music and art and how the result affects the fans.
What we wanted to check in with Nick about was how he as a filmmaker handles his own mental health challenges while filming intense, raw, vulnerable, and sometimes controversial material.
Nick Cavalier is a director of films, commercials, branded content and music videos. A visual and character-focused storyteller, Nick is known for his high production value docu-driven films with poetic hero centered themes. Nick has been honored with awards and selections at festivals such as SXSW, Palm Springs, and Cleveland International. His work is featured in multiple national publications including New York Times, VICE, Shorts TV, Devour, HYPEBEAST, Alternative Press, Funny Or Die, G4, MTV, Fast Company, Juxtapoz Magazine and many more. Nick is lauded for his award-winning feature film and character portrait on famed artist Derek Hess titled Forced Perspective, his short film about vinyl record resurgence Gotta Groove Records and his new short film on mental health and creativity titled Down Again.
“I believe that video content can have soul. It can be a cultural experience. I believe the work MUST speak for itself. I believe that if a brand or agency, and the creatives behind the campaign see eye to eye, you build something worth watching. I believe in making the films I want to watch.”
— Nick Cavalier