It has been our pleasure to cover the music videos of John Valley over the past several years, watching as he has become as much of a vital force for the local scene as the thriving bands he works with. Beginning with his Whiskey Shivers debut up to his breakout work for A Giant Dog and Sweet Spirit, Valley’s videos have shown Austin music at its weirdest and most inventive. So we couldn’t possibly be more delighted to have the opportunity to premiere the teaser for Valley’s upcoming feature Duncan (and to help him produce it).
A distinctly Texan story about a conspiracy theorist journalist (Alexandria Payne) and a militia zealot with an unbelievable past (Tinus Seaux) as they travel to Austin to investigate a pizza shop alleged to be a front for a trafficking ring, Duncan is a satirical takedown of mass media delusion that only barely fictionalizes the real life absurdity that was pizzagate. Valley will be funding the film in part through a crowdfunding drive at Seed & Spark as part of The Duplass Brothers’ Hometown Heroes rally. You’ll be able to check out that campaign later today and celebrate its launch tonight at Spider House, but until then enjoy a preview of what’s to come: