April 4, 2007
-- HOUSTON, TX - "Houdini", the magical music video from indie rock troubadour Jim Camacho, former front man for the legendary '90s rock band The Goods, has been nominated for The Remi Award in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest Independent Film Festival. A special Gala Awards dinner to announce the winner will be held in Houston, Texas on April 28th. Only four nominees were selected from hundreds of entries.
“Houdini” is an effects-heavy surrealist video that finds Camacho strapped in a straight jacket, hanging upside down suspended by chain links over a bottomless gorge in a dark hell-like world reminiscent of something from a Tim Burton classic. It is described as an allegorical interpretation of love’s potent, if not creepy, power to capture a heart in a hold so complex and strong even master escape artist Harry Houdini couldn’t break free. “Houdini”
is the 9th track off Camacho's 2005 album, "Stalker Songs" (TMG/Broken Records/Doink)
, released nationally through Synergy Distribution.
Veteran director and Emmy-nominee Steven Fischer helmed the video’s production. Fischer’s award-winning career includes animated and live action videos, commercials, and documentaries recognized for excellence by the prestigious Telly Awards, The New York Festivals, and the Addy Awards. Last year he directed “Law & Order” star Mariska Hargitay in “Freedom Dance”, an animated documentary about a husband and wife fleeing from Communist Hungary to the US in 1956. Fischer, 34, is now at work on an exciting new educational cartoon series in London and Los Angeles with the legendary Bill Melendez Studios, creators of the famed Peanuts animated specials and films.
Rounding off the “Houdini” crew were: Actress Anastacia Anderson; Editor Pipo Bonamino; DP Joe O'Ferrell; Key Grip Hippie Foster; Animator Craig Herron; and Hair Effects Artist Johnny Sullivan.
The WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival was founded in 1961 as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. It is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World, the festival that discovered Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lee Hancock, Randall Kleiser, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Robert Townsend, The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and David Lynch with their very first awards. Other remarkable discoveries include just a few, listed in alphabetical order: John Alvidson, John Badham, Ralph Bakshi, Carroll Ballard, John Boorman, Marty Brest, Michael Cimino, The Coen Brothers, Bryan De Palma, Jonathan Demme, Michael Demme, Atom Egoyan, John Frankenheimer, Leslie Linka Glatter, Charles Guggenheim, John Lee Hancock, Hal Hartley, Randall Kleiser, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, George Lucas, David Lynch, Paul Mazursky, Steve Poster, John Sayles, Oliver Stone, Will Vinton, Peter Weir, Hugh Wilson and hundreds more.
WorldFest-Houston is now it’s 40th year and runs from April 20 - 29, 2007.