Coinciding with the posting on JASH of the new “We Do Not Belong” music video, featuring Sarah, USA Today published this Whitney Matheson interview with her. In it, she reveals we WILL get to see the TV pilot she shot last year for Susan 313.
As we’re reminded constantly, Sarah Silverman is a woman of many talents.
Just a few hours after we saw her during this Emmys musical number, Silverman has popped up in a new music video from Los Angeles-based band Psychic Friend. The clip for “We Do Not Belong,” posted on YouTube’s JASH channel, is darker than what we normally see from
Sarah, culminating with an inspired dance sequence.
Sarah was kind enough to exchange e-mails with me about the video. The song comes from Psychic Friend’s album, My Rocks Are Dreams, which is available now.
Me: Tell me a little about how the video came about. Were you already familiar with Psychic Friend’s music?
Sarah: I’m a huge fan. The album is genius from beginning to end. It kills me how hard it is to get great music out there.
What/whom would you cite as the inspiration for the sweet dance moves you bust out at the end of the song?
It was just the idea of this person connection to dance and having this bout of straight-up expression. And Michael Jackson.
The video has comedic bits, but overall it’s pretty dark.
The director, Dean Fleischer-Camp, was inspired by an amazing Nova documentary called Secret of the Wild Child. YouTube it — you won’t be able to stop watching it. It’s heartbreaking, inspiring, and heartbreaking again.
I loved being a part of this collision of song and story. You’re right, this is not a comedic video! That’s the luxury we get at JASH. We can do anything we want. Take chances, do things out of our realm, fail miserably … For me, that’s what makes it special.
Since, like myself, you’re part of a generation that grew up watching MTV, what are a few of your all-time favorite music videos?
The first to come to mind is “Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday. That was the first video I saw that moved me and told a dark story. Stuff looks so slick now, but I like a story. I also love the slick stuff; Beyonce does no wrong in my eyes.
What other stuff are you working on these days, particularly for JASH?
I have a few things in the works. I’ll be shooting a social issue video soon that’s been dangling around in my bean for a while. And 20th (Century Fox) is actually letting me post my pilot from last year, which is so nice of them. I’m in it with Tig Notaro, Harris Wittels and June Raphael.