When I think of Philadelphia based artists that have endured and have made a difference in people’s lives I think of the Spoken Word duo Yellow Rage. Both Catzie Vilayphonh and Michelle Myers who make up Yellow Rage are phenomenal artists. I have known them for many years and I am fortunate enough to have been there from the very beginning before there was even a Yellow Rage. Both Catzie and Michelle were a part of the Something to Say writing and performing workshop that I led over ten years ago and since then they have been a force to be reckoned with in the Spoken Word scene. Their mix of hard hitting poetry is both personal and socially conscious and they have never been afraid to put themselves out there even if it makes an audience feel uncomfortable. And most of all, they are both some of the most giving community based artists out there who teach, inspire, and give back to the community so it is an honor to work with them on a music video cameo appearance in the new Magnetic North – Taiyo Na – Jin video called “I GOT MY”.
The actual music video only uses just a few seconds of the Yellow Rage segment so I thought I’d highlight some of the footage we got with the new indiSYSTEM indiGO-JIB which was a key success in giving us the unique birds eye perspective on all our shots.
I’ve already mentioned it before but the indiSYSTEM indiGO-JIB is the ideal compact jib on the go. I think the indiGO-JIB works so well in the music video format because its easy to setup and easy to operate and gives you a lot of creativity not to mention instant gratification. In fact, our youth from our Tech Apprenticeship program at the Asian Arts Initiative are really learning how to use it quite well. All the Yellow Rage footage we shot for the music video was in fact all set up and operated with the help of youth and young adults with little or no experience. Because of the fun we had using the indiGO-JIB we are planning on shooting one of Yellow Rage’s classic poems, “I’M A WOMAN NOT A FLAVA” later this summer.
Here are the three different versions of the Yellow Rage “I GOT MY” segment. Enjoy!
Cameo Segment Directed by Gary San Angel