Music Videos

A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie ins and merchandising could be used in toys or marketing campaigns for food and other products. Although the origins of music videos date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they came into prominence in the 1980s when MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these works were described by various terms including “illustrated song”, “filmed insert”, “promotional (promo) film”, “promotional clip”, “promotional video”, “song video”, “song clip” or “film clip”. Since the creation and increased popularity of YouTube, mainstream artists now promote new music videos by releasing trailers of short promos on the site for their upcoming song and music video. Consequently, YouTube has been converted into a social media platform for celebrities and artists to market themselves to their fans and audiences.

Music videos use a wide range of styles of contemporary video making techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation, music, and live action. Combining these styles and techniques has become more popular because of the variation it resent to the audience. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song’s lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may be without a set concept, being merely a filmed version of the song’s live performance.[2] Music videos have also become a place where product placement is evident in almost every mainstream video. They are always parent and it usually takes place because the artist is sponsoring a product or brand. An example of product placement is the Beats Pill being featured in numerous hip hop videos. The strong emphasis on product placement is something that has evolved because of the global scale music videos can reach because of websites such as YouTube.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Banaras Wilderness

A short film documenting the feel and rhythm of Banaras (a holy city in India) and the idiosyncrasies of its people, weaved to the ‘Ghost Song’ by The Doors.

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

Jim Hendricks, Katie Theriault | United States | 00:08:24 | 2022 English This version of Suite: Judy Blue Eyes explores the inner turmoil and emotional progression of a young woman as she clings to the last strands of a failed relationship. Cast Kaitlin Jacobson Writers Wayne Blouzdis Jim Hendricks Producer Jim Hendricks Camera Operator Katie… Read more »

Mirror (Spiegel)

Alfred Adam | Austria | 2016 | 3 m German with English Subtitles The band “Limbus” from Graz (Austria) tells the story about modells in the modell business, where it is hard, inmoral and where young girls loose their dreams and where the young people are exploited. Mirror shows the world between dream and reality.


Fridman Sisters | Brazil | 2017 | 3:51 Portuguese with English Subtitles “Cruel” portrays the story of a girl dealing with her memories and the way she is able to free herself of her past. In a playful and metaphorical manner, we are taken through her memories, which are represented by objects and settings/ambients. Her… Read more »

Star in the East

Katie Garibaldi | United States | 00:02:33 | 2020 English Folky songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s sweet and majestically produced original song “Star in the East” from her new album Home Sweet Christmas is the perfect match for such a creatively inspired music video. The claymation and stop motion video was made by artist Marc Morgan, which… Read more »

Carnival Youth – Boys Do Cry

A homage to exploitation films of the 70’s, this music video is about an unstoppable force of nature making every grown man cry.


In Brazil, the country with the biggest black population outside of Africa, racism is institutionalized. So, when upcoming artist Baco Exu do Blues asked us to launch his album – Bluesman – we didn’t make it about the songs. We turned it into a movement.

On the Road

Joi Olympia | United States | 2016 | 4 m Movement 5 from the Hotel Chelsea Song Cycle, inspired by the traveling stories of historic artists who passed through the Chelsea Hotel, including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Jack Kerouac. Joi plays guitar, bass, percussion, and violin on her album to weave together their beloved tales… Read more »


Antonio La Camera | Italy | 2017 | 6:25 A girl decides to face her father, determined to put an end to the abuses that she is forced to suffer from him. Cast Lisa Granuzza Di Vita Toni Pandolfo Writer Antonio La Camera Producer Matteo Gagliardi

Clean Green Dream

Music Video/Documentary about a Middle School Earth Day project and their thoughts on the meaning.