Watch: Spike Jonze's Surprise Music Video for Karen O, Starring Elle Fanning

Watch: Spike Jonze's Surprise Music Video for Karen O, Starring Elle Fanning

Sep 15, 2014


Singer Karen O and director Spike Jonze have a working relationship that stretches back to 2005. They worked on the award-winning Adidas commercial "Hello Tomorrow." In collaboration with Carter Burwell, O composed the soundtrack for Jonze’s film Where the Wild Things Are. Recently, the duo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Jonze’s Her (“The Moon Song”).


O just released her first solo record called Crush Songs. To honor his friend and collaborator, Jonze made an impromptu “music video” for O with Elle Fanning — which really means Jonze shot Elle Fanning dancing around like a goofball on the New York Metropolitan Opera House stage, set to O’s song “Ooo.” We’ll let him explain:

On Sunday we made a one-act play for my friend Humberto’s company, Opening Ceremony. The idea was to do a play instead of a regular fashion show during Fashion Week, and, miraculously, we were able to do it at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. (Thank you, Peter Gelb and everyone at the Met!) Also, this week my dear friend Karen is putting out her first solo album of precious, personal love and heartache gems titled Crush Songs. They are songs made so intimately and spontaneously alone in her bedroom a few years ago that they feel more like unguarded whispers from her heart than a traditionally produced album. So on Sunday, during a ten-minute break as we were rehearsing and lighting at the Met, we made a very impromptu "music video” for Karen in the spirit of her album. It just seemed like if you have the Opera House, that song, and Elle Fanning together, you shouldn't let the opportunity go by. So we made this as a surprise gift for Karen to congratulate her on her album. She is going to see this for the first time as you do. I hope you enjoy.


Watch the video for a playful reprieve from your workday.

[Spotted via Indiewire]




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