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‘I Am Easy to Find:’ Mike Mills Reimagines the Music Video

Mills and band The National developed a new kind of collaboration for both their film and album.

“Developed in secret over 18 months of radically free-form collaboration, this beautiful experiment suggests that a video doesn’t have to be made after the fact of its music; that film can be as much a part of an album as an album is a part of a film,” writes David Ehrlich about the 25-minute “I Am Easy to Find,” directed by Mike Mills for and with The National.

Though the National’s album, also titled I Am Easy to Find, and the film reflect each other, Mills describes them as “playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be a human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another.”

“Shot in five days but edited across eight months,” explains Randall Colburn, “I Am Easy to Find” is a “25-minute narrative comprised of 164 scenes. These short snapshots are subtitled with moments big and small, and, when paired with the album’s searching lyrics and flurry of vocals, the granular nature of it all snowballs into something big, profound, and deeply melancholic.” To read the full article, click here.