Maegan Houang

"Stay Soft" by Mitski

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"Stay Soft" by Mitski

Written/Directed by Maegan Houang

Director's Statement: “This video is heavily inspired by Romanticism and paintings and artwork from the Victorian era. Like the lyrics of the song ‘Stay Soft,’ paintings from that era have a gentle quality, but they still evoke a certain feeling of unexplored darkness and danger. I want the audience to feel safe within this fabricated world and then realize that the character Mitski plays is being hunted. The violence lurking beneath the surface emerges, and yet is still transformed into something beautiful via dance. Through the dance sequence, Mitski’s character is able to conquer the violence, but not without irreparable harm to her psyche.”

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La Guarimba Official Selection 2022
Raindance Film Festival Official Selection 2022
*Nominated for Best Music Video
Nitehawk Film Festival 2023
Boston Underground Film Festival 2023