Dreaming with Mike Gordon: We’re in That Deeper Place

DreamStates: Mike Gordon Animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson

The bassist/vocalist for the band Phish, Mike Gordon is also a multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker. In 1983, he formed the band Phish along with guitarists Trey Anastasio and Jeff Holdsworth and drummer Jon Fishman. On his own, Gordon has an inclination toward bluegrass and folk music and plays a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, and piano. An avid filmmaker and photographer, Gordon has shot music videos for Phish and directed the 2000 feature film Outside Out. He released his debut solo album, Inside In, in 2003. Green Sparrow followed in 2008 and Moss in 2010. Mike has kept a dream journal since 1977 and had so many dreams to talk about it was hard to pick just one for our new video series DreamStates. The DreamStates series takes a look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of music and film. In Mike Gordon’s episode of DreamStates, Mike discusses how sometimes when playing live – he gets to a “place” that connects him to one of his “night dreams” and he’ll literally see a “vision” from a recurring dream. Intense.

Sundance Channel teamed up with creative agency, Option-G, for the new collaborative animated video series,DreamStates. The series includes interviews with musicians Questlove (The Roots) and Mike Gordon (Phish), actor/comedian Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), actress Malin Akerman (WATCHMEN, COUPLES RETREAT) and writer/documentarian Sebastian Junger (THE PERFECT STORM/RESTREPO).

About the Animator: Bran Dougherty-Johnson

Bran Dougherty-Johnson is a Motion Graphic Designer and Animator who works independently under the name Grow Design Work on the East End of Long Island, NY, making short films that span the range from music videos for children’s television shows and public service announcements for UN agencies. Bran also has also curated and produced the collaborative film project, PSST! Pass it Onhttp://psstpassiton.com/ )… and contributed to the website Motionographer. He likes Day-Glo™ and old Soul-Reggae.

You can see more of Bran’s work at


DreamStates: Mike Gordon

Created by Option-G
Design, Art Direction and Animation: Bran Dougherty-Johnson
Directed by Greg Tomlinson and Cole Gerst
Produced by Calvin Florian and Greg Tomlinson
Director of Photography: Lucas Millard
Edited by Azita Ayagh Morris
Dreamstates Open and End Credits by Eric Lacombe
Audio Sweetening by Juan Baez
Dreamstates Music by Ben Jastatt
Executive Producer for Sundance Channel Jeff Kunken
Thanks to Mike Gordon and Phish, Jason Colton at Red Light Management and Beth Montuori Rowles at Phish Inc.

Be sure to check out Mike Gordon’s bizarre recurring dream, and more from DreamStates.