Christmas Turns Into a Wonderfully Sad Romp in Sky Ferreira's Directorial Debut

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via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Sundance

Is there anything Sky Ferreira can’t do? She put out one of the best pop songs of the last five years (don’t @ me), released a highly acclaimed debut album, stepped into the acting business, and is working on getting healthy and putting out her follow-up sophomore album early next year. Now she’s settling into the director’s chair with the music video for “Christmas on Earth,” a song from Marching Church that sounds cheery but is really about a father abducting his kids over the holiday.


“Even if it was bleak, I wanted to make it beautiful,” Ferreira told The FADER. She added that she wanted to give the video a “real” feel, to avoid it looking too cookie-cutter. “I had to make the living room we shot in a bit uglier,” she said. “I didn’t want to make it look like Mad Men. I added plastic [covering] to the couch to make it look more like a granny’s house.”

The video, like the song but in a different sense, is tender and makes your heart ache; Marching Church is a side project started by Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, and the video follows him as he sways and dances alone in the street, falls back into a house, takes swigs with an elderly Santa Clause, and passes out on a car. All the while, the camera zigs and zags as much as he does, giving you the feeling you’re right there with him, bumbling around. It’s beautifully done; you get the sense you’re supposed to feel like you’re having a good time but also a sort of sweet, sad time. Watch it below while you wait for new music from Sky.

Senior Writer, Jezebel

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