ISLAND SOUVENIR, Super 8 digitized to video, 2022. I filmed this with Rodrigo Courtney in Coney Island. I edited, wrote and recorded the narration, recorded foley sound, and played the organ for this short film. A consistent theme throughout my work, I fixate on the facade or marketed sentimentality of roses, simultaneously seduced by, yet aware of, their illusion.
THE RIDE (installation documentation), 2022 28x48", oil on canvas, video, audio, piano score.
In The Ride, a bouquet of soft pink roses, souvenirs of affection, tumble in water and foam. A projection of the ocean upon the painting, in concert with the audio of crashing waves and thundering piano activates the painting, suggesting the roses will recede with the tide. The synthesis of painting, video and sound emphasizes the ambiguity of the moment, asking the viewer to exist in a contradiction–standing in ephemeral beauty while anticipating its destruction. My work unravels the idea that there is an ideal, snapping us back to attention: what is desired and what is real?
THE RIDE (excerpt), Holly Overton, 2022, 4:02min.
Fetishizing the dreamscape of the beach, my original piano score works as a cinematic tool to dramatize the footage.
MUJERES CON MANGOES music video for the band Frida Kill, 2022, directed, filmed and edited by me with additional cinematography and art direction by Tasha Lutek.
NUANCES OF MY LIFE video diary, 2021. I filmed, edited and played piano accompaniment to this video diary, shot on route to visiting my family in North Carolina.
CORAL & SEBASTIAN short film, 2021. I wrote and directed this short film starring Hanna-Katarina Edwards, Budi Hassab. The film traces the arc of false hope for New York City artist, Coral, as potential partner, Sebastian, quickly passes through her life.
TAKE A STEP music video, 2021 directed by Paige Johnson-Brown.
This song was a collaboration with singer-songwriter Sean Spada.
The lyrics tell the story of Angie and Johnny and the dissolution of their relationship. The video's theatrical design and drag clown character makeup were the inspiration of Paige Johnson-Brown (Irrevery) and the cinematography is by Joe Wakeman.
NO BREAKFAST WITH ANDY music video, 2021 directed by Joe Wakeman for my band, MPHO.
Lyrics for this song come from sentiments expressed in the book, "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol" (1975). The video's aesthetics reference to the mundane and domestic kitsch of the 1970’s satirical soap opera, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman".
THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH music video, 2019 directed by Nikki Belfiglio and produced by me, was a big undertaking of conceptual design. We worked together for many months, preparing the shot lists and logistics. I lived in her apartment for a few months while her band was on tour to build the sets in her livingroom. Joe Wakeman did lighting design and also helped me build the set. Makeup artistry by Kathryn Shearing.
THE GRAND FINALE, 2019 is a music video I made for The Grand Finale track on The Woman On The Beach concept album that documents me cutting off all my hair. The lyrics intertwine with the action- analysing my experience as a female musician. I love it when a minimalism approach and aesthetic can speak volumes.
DESIRE, DENIAL (demo version), 2018 was filmed by my friend Hanna-Katarina Edwards when we visited her sister in Ubatuba, Brazil in 2018. Recording and guitar/bass/drums by my friend Duane Lauginiger.
RHONDA, 2018, directed by Joe Wakeman, for a song on an unreleased 'Holly Overton with Midnight People' album, was filmed on my homeland of The Outer Banks, NC. We all caravanned to perform a concert and film the video on natural locations with my home friends.
LIVING WITHOUT YOU, 2017, directed by Nikki Belfiglio for the track on 'Holly Overton with Midnight People's' album EVERY NEW DAY, acts as a haunting time capsule- a moody and literal translation of the lyrics.
THE SPLIT, 2016 is the music video for the title track off my second solo EP, starring my Sister, Heather Overton. It is filmed on Bodie Island, NC. It is filmed by local filmmaker and musician, John Bliven. Heather is the subject of many of my videos and paintings.
MIDNIGHT SUN, 2015 was filmed on Jockeys Ridge in Nags Head, NC by John Bliven, for the single off my self-titled solo EP. It stars childhood friends Hannah Bunn West and Charlie Ulmer.
BUILT A FIRE is a music video MPHO made in Mark's apartment in 2015. Again, I love minimalism- it's like cutting off some of your senses so just the music can sink it.
DAYS ON FIRE, 2015 by MPHO is the music video I made in the dunes of Fort Tilden Beach, Queens with Baltimore artist Rachael London. Vaguely insinuating ritualistic practices, it was all improvised and I had fun editing it.
WANDERIN', 2014 is the music video for the single off Juniper Rising's (my former band) album, DAY OF DAYS. I filmed it on Super8 in my hometown of Nags Head, NC starring drummer Josh Martier, artist Katie Fuller, and my costume designer Sister, Heather Overton. I really enjoyed this medium of expression- working within the limitations of super8 creates resourceful results.
DAY DREAM FOR A FRIEND is the super8 music video I filmed and edited for the single off my former band Juniper Rising's self-titled EP, released on cassette on Burger Records. I filmed it in Asheville, NC while my Sister was living there, and also in my hometown of Nags Head, NC.