In the Air Tonight
11m ● HD Video ● Colour ● Sound ● 2020

There’s an urban legend about Phil Collins’ inspiration for his 1980 hit “In the Air Tonight,” which I first heard as a teenager while getting high in a friend’s basement. According to the ritual of the legend, the song is played while a narrator tells the story, syncing the infamous analog drum break of the song with the climax of the narrative.

In March 2020, from a hillside home that faces the Hollywood sign, I began to dwell on Phil due to an experience he had one night on the Pacific Coast Highway. Driving alongside me was a woman tuned into the same radio frequency, emphatically singing along to “In the Air Tonight.”

Press: Flash Art, Filmmaker Magazine

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