Shortly before her passing at age 73, actress and iconic scream queen Karen Black had finished collaborating with singer Cass McCombs on a song they had planned to release together. Sadly, Karen lost her battle with cancer on August 8th 2013, but you can still enjoy one of her last contributions to a vast body of work she accumulated within the entertainment world.
Check out Cass and Karen‘s video for ‘Brighter’ below! Here’s what Black‘s widower (and director of the video) Stephen Eckelberry had to say about it:
Cass McCombs emailed me in late November 2013 and asked if I would create a music video for Brighter! – the song he recorded with Karen in December 2012 – using classic clips from her movies. It struck me as an opportunity to explore a theme that interests me – the relationship of film and memory. We watch a movie and the images from that movie become part of our memory stream.
My own memories of Karen are intertwined with memories of her in films – it gets messier for me since I directed several movies she was in – which memory is stronger; Karen during the making the film or what ended up on screen? An image came to me: Cass himself becoming a screen for the projection of images of Karen – as if his memories of her were playing themselves out over his body.
I found a clip I had shot with my iPhone when Cass was over at our house rehearsing the song with Karen, and I combined that with clips of her movies, some iconic, some more obscure, and I weaved in footage of fire, sparkes, burning… The song does seem to deal with hell, or is it the hell of fame?