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    Punk Rock Hardcore Filmmaking

    Victory Records
    by Jason Cipriano

    XDoaneX is a recently released DVD put out by what is usually a record company, Victory Records, in support (perhaps more of a homage) of the most important filmmaker to the scene that most Victory bands belong to, hardcore. Darren Doane has directed videos for some of the most important bands making independent hardcore and punk today. Some of these videos you may have seen, but in all likelihood, most you haven't, and that really says a lot after you see what bands the videos were made for, as well as the actual quality of each video. If these were the videos that were in constant rotation on MTV the world would be a much, much better place, believe me.

    The videos aren't really the story on this DVD, director Darren Doane is. The videos are very aesthetically pleasing, and even though most are very simple, they are some of the best videos you'll never see. However, the most fascinating choice on this video is the interview with Mr. Doane himself. He explains his rise from high school graduate to one of the most well known directors in scenes that aren't traditionally known for their music videos. This DVD is a true insight into an aspect of punk and hardcore music that usually isn't addressed, and it does it in a way that illustrates to the viewer the importance of the focal point, Darren Doane.

    Also included on XDoaneX is a look into the life of artist Derek Hess. This is another name that may not be too well known outside (or even inside) the hardcore community. The first example of his art that should be clear to anyone looking at XDonaneX is the cover art of the DVD. He is very well know for his ability to illustratively portray the sculpted human form, and many of his drawings have graced the covers of albums and posters for bands like Converge, Snapcase, Boys Sets Fire and Grade, as well as for promoting shows in the Cleaveland area, and even a Captain America cover. He may perhaps be most well known for the hardcore music and art festival that has he has organized and bears his name, Hessfest (in the future to be known as Strhess). Along with the look at the contributions of Darren Doane, XDoaneX does good by featuring another artist prominent in the hardcore scene on this DVD, since it is an opportunity to display some of the driving forces behind a scene whose only loud voice is usually found in the music.

    The interviews with Darren Doane and Derek Hess would be the two most engaging characteristics on this DVD if the DVD didn't have any videos on it. By all means anyone interested in any of the bands on this DVD or anyone fascinated by a director who usually doesn't work with bands that have enough money to make million dollar MTV quality videos then at least one viewing of this DVD should be required. MTV2 is the only place that most of these videos may have had an opportunity to be seen in the past, but now thanks to Victory, they can, and should be seen on XDoaneX.

    Jason Cipriano is an Assistant Editor. Contact him at jasonc@rockzone.com.

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