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Dreaming with Sebastian Junger: Evil Bubble Monsters

Article: Dreaming with Sebastian Junger: Evil Bubble Monsters


DreamStates: Sebastian Junger Animation by Cole Gerst

Sebastian Junger is an American author, journalist, and documentarian, most famous for the best-selling book The Perfect Storm, his award-winning chronicle of the war in Afghanistan in the 2010 movie RESTREPO, and his 2010 book War. Restrepo won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Sebastian co-directed RESTREPO with photo journalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed while on assignment in Misrata, Libya in April 2010.

Sebastian’s dream story for our new web series DreamStates was quite intense. In his dream, he recalls how, while embedded with troops in Afghanistan, his “dream state and reality would often get blended together”. In this very profound dream – Sebastian and his “older brother” are being attacked by incredibly evil and violent “bubble monsters” that just keep coming and won’t stop – with no end in sight. Very scary stuff.

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).

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

Article: 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.

Dreaming with Malin Akerman: Go Towards The Light

Article: Dreaming with Malin Akerman: Go Towards The Light

DreamStates: Malin Akerman Animation by //kneeon

Malin Akerman is a Swedish-Canadian film actress and model. She has appeared in such films as Watchmen, The Heartbreak Kid, 27 Dresses, Couples Retreat, The Proposal and The Romantics. She is featured in the upcoming film Bang Bang Club about combat photographers and will also star opposite Tom Cruise in the film adaptation of Rock of Ages.

Malin took the time to sit down with us for an interview for our new animated web series, DreamStates, talking about a very disturbing dream she had. DreamStates takes a look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of music and film. In Malin’s dream she hears her mother get killed and is then stabbed by the killer until “everything goes black”. After “awakening” – she is faced with the choice of saying goodbye to her father or heading towards the “light”. Along the way she gets some help and guidance from old family and friends. Scary.

Dreaming with Questlove: Soul Train Pressure

Article: Dreaming with Questlove: Soul Train Pressure

DreamStates: Questlove Animation by Nessim Higson

Questlove is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, which is now the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has produced for artists such as Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse and John Legend. He’s also featured in our new animated web series, DreamStates, talking about his crazy, bizarre recurring dream. DreamStates takes a look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of music and film. In Questlove’s dream he is watching himself on a movie screen while he waits for a train at 30th St. Station in Philly, worries about failing out of school and is plagued with the daunting task of coming up with a new theme song and animation to Soul Train. What? We can’t make this up. Check it out.

Dreaming with Option-G

Article: Dreaming with Option-G

Our friends at creative agency Option-G created our latest animated web series, DreamStates — LIVE NOW!

In the series, innovators from the worlds of music and film recall some of their most bizarre dream stories. The dreams are then brought to life by talented and unique animators. Sundance Channel also worked with Option-G in the past on the award-winning eco-themed animated series Yung Yeti. We love all things Option-G, whether it’s animation, illustration, original art work, prints, t-shirts or posters — they do it all. Click here to check out the Option-G website and see for yourself.

DreamStates Coming in May

Article: DreamStates Coming in May

What do you dream about? What’s that one dream story you’ll never forget? The one that’s “seared into your brain” forever. We all have them. Now, Sundance Channel takes a deeper look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of film and music. Created by Option-G, DreamStates is a five-part…