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article imageSimplicity makes 'Waiting for Godot' top music video of 2013 Special

By W. Mark Dendy     Dec 14, 2013 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The official music video of Janina Gavankar’s single “Waiting for Godot” received the Best Music Video and Best Editing honors at this year's Los Angeles Cinema Film Festival's (LACFF) screening and awards program.
If you are a True Blood fan, you will know Janina Gavankar; she plays the character Luna.
Chances are though, you haven't heard of the music video's director, Caitlin Pashalek, a small town girl with big ideas — big, creative ideas.
Pashalek told me in an interview that she “grew up in a Buffalo, Wyoming, which is a 5,000 person town, with no MTV, listening to my sister’s tapes and my parents’ record collection.”
She said, “I grew up in a constant state of exploration and experimentation but was also culturally isolated being in such a small town. These days I am constantly inventing, concocting, experimenting and coming up with schemes. I suffer from idea overload a lot of the time - both good and bad. I guess I got used to creating my own culture and now I can't stop.”
Pashalek and Gavankar's exceptional music video, a collaboration of two art forms (the song and music video), is based on the controversial Samuel Beckett play titled the same , "Waiting for Godot."
Pashalek said, “Janina (her longtime friend) sent me ‘Waiting for Godot.’ I loved it and we started brainstorming concepts.”
To better comprehend the musical and visual experience this masterpiece exhibits, one should be familiar with the stage play.
The play was penned by Irishman Samuel Beckett in French (and later translated into English by him.) It opened 60 years ago at the Theatre Babylone in Paris.
Ten years after Beckett’s death, the play was named best stage play of the 20th century.
The play elicited much controversy and invoked uneasiness in theater goers as well as theater critics.
Critic Norman Berlin described the play in the Massachusetts Review:
On his naked stage we see two tramps named Estragon (Gogo) and Vladimir (Didi) who talk about things in general -usually trivial things but sometimes uttering words that touch deeper matters, that express anguish and hope-as they wait for the arrival of an unknown person named Godot. While they wait two other characters arrive-the imperious Pozzo, who cracks a whip, and his burdened servant Lucky, who has a rope tied around his neck. More talk, including a very long speech by the otherwise silent Lucky, and then Pozzo and Lucky leave. just before the end of Act I a Boy arrives to tell Didi and Gogo that Godot will not be coming that night "but surely tomorrow." The two tramps decide to leave-"Yes, let's go." But "They do not move. Curtain." In Act II the inaction is repeated, the waiting and talk continue, Pozzo and Lucky arrive again, this time Pozzo blind and Lucky dumb, they leave, the Boy arrives to give the same message, and Didi and Gogo again decide to leave, but "They do not move. Curtain."
After examining the possibilities, Gavankar and Pashalek pulled together a crew which included one of Pashalek’s film school colleagues, Logan Schnieder as Director of Photography, and Pashalek’s husband as editor.
Pashalek said that they then “got the band back together, bought a bunch of flour, rented some studio space and a big mat and found some stunt people.”
From that point on Pashalek’s artistic brilliance was employed to complete the beautiful, award winning audio and visual masterpiece “Waiting for Godot.”
The beauty of Janina Gavankar gives the story an odd sort of twist. She doesn't look like a tramp, nor is she dressed like a tramp, and her voice is nothing short of angelic.
Although "Waiting for Godot" didn't receive an MTV Music Video Award, it certainly ranks as one of the best music videos of 2013.
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