The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the Prize, including this one from an emerging Vancouver musician, writer, and filmmaker.
Debby Friday - Runnin'
Debby Friday is a musician, writer, and filmmaker from Vancouver. She experiments in audio-visual, artistic discipline, literacy, film, and more. She is currently writing her debut LP and first feature film. Not only that, but she also directed the music video for the song.
Ryan Ermacora is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, BC. Through his work, he investigates natural spaces and avant-garde depictions of labour and landscape. His work has been featured at several film festivals, such as Cinéma du Réel, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and VIFF.
Online publication Pitchfork’s Eric Torres wrote about Runnin', saying, “Friday preserves her sinister touch as she expands into bolder, more upbeat territory. Over a chattering vocal sample and speaker-rattling beat, Friday raps on pleasure and pain with words as measured as an incantation… When she repeats the song’s title in a quiet murmur during the chorus, she draws you in close—even if she never lets you get too comfortable.”
Runnin' was featured as the track of the day on online publication Get In Her Ears, on Feb. 25, 2021. Kate Crudginton wrote, “Intoxicating rap verses and trippy beats blend together to form an eccentric anthem about self-expression on ‘Runnin’, the latest single from Nigerian-born, Vancouver-based audio-visual artist Debby Friday. Full of commanding rhythms and jagged synths, the track marks a new musical direction for Friday, moving away from her abrasive earlier work into more sultry, effervescent territory.”
The video' features colourful lights that illuminate Debby Friday as her smooth dance movements reel viewers in.
Directed by: Ryan Ermacora and Debby Friday
Cinematography: Jeremy Cox
Key Grip: Soloman Chiniquay
Camera Car Driver: Bronwynn Whiteley
Choreography: Neil Schwartz
Choreography Assist: Shaneekqua Woodhan and Misato Obana
Styling: Marchel Eang
Costume Design: Evan Clayton
Colour: Sam Gilling
Title Animation: SMS3D
Film Processing and Scan: Metropolis Post
Film stock: Kodak
Special Thanks to: Jordan Findlay, Suzanne Friesen, Jessica Johnson, Brit Bachmann, Peter Hagge, David Ehrenreich, Maria Katarina
Written and performed by: Debby Friday
Produced by: Debby Friday and Big Kill
Mastering by: Heba Kadry