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Prism Prize Video: Micah Erenberg - Somewhere Beyond the Ocean

The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile prominent Canadian videos, including this one from an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Winnipeg.

Micah Erenberg - Somewhere Beyond the Ocean

Colin Medley, director of Somewhere Beyond the Ocean, sometimes reflects on the notion that  it can often feel like we are stuck - whether that is working a job you hate or living in a country where it is cold most of the year, life can unexpectedly put you in situations that you feel you can’t get out of. To counter this feeling, Medley offers up the idea that there is always an escape “whether it's escaping into your imagination or ditching work to go tobogganing with all your closest buddies”.

The video begins with Micah walking to work, a toboggan in hand, encountering the same daily minutiae he experiences every day. He is a server at a local diner, serving customer after customer. The video cuts to him leaving work and heading to the park to meet friends to toboggan. We see them enjoying themselves, being carefree, having fun and putting the boredom of their day behind them. The video closes with him back in the diner, cleaning up, a reflection of how fleeting these moments of escape can be, whether they’re real or just a figment of our imagination.


Directed by Colin Medley

Created with support from Manitoba Film & Music.

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