Father John Misty gets gritty and sentimental in black and white at famed late-night L.A. haunt, Canter’s Deli. The acting in this video by Arrow Dewilde and Craig Stark tells the unspoken tale of regret and loss as echoed in the melancholy lyrics to ‘Buddy’s Rendevous’.
Director Emma Elizabeth Tilma describes what viewers experience, “‘Buddy’s Rendezvous’ is a world unto itself. It is a place out of time. My dream for the video is that it would surrender itself to the power of the song. An unnamed man (played by Craig Stark), fresh out of jail and down on his luck makes his way across the fractured landscape of Los Angeles to meet his daughter (played by Arrow DeWilde). All the while he is beset by memories of a more innocent time. Despite her hesitance, his daughter and her boyfriend (played by Gilbert Trejo) agree to meet her father and find moments of sadness and sparks of tenderness in the connection made. Although the video and the song can be considered love letters to Los Angeles, the themes are universal. Disappointments, regrets, forgiveness, tenderness, perseverance, and love. The incredible performances by Arrow, Craig, Gilbert, and David Haley all coalesce to bring this vision to life. Cinematography by James Wall on 16mm evokes the down and out feeling of LA, merging past and present. This video could not have been accomplished without the talent of producer Bria Little and creative director and editor Jonathan King.”
This is the first single from Misty’s new album ‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’. He will be touring the UK and Europe in March of 2023 to support it.