Lance Bangs is one of our favorite filmmakers. “Bangs” is his series of short documentaries about all kinds of stuff.
Meet Ryan Z, a young musician who hails from Allston, Massachusetts. Sporting flamingo neck tattoos and flowing blonde hair, Ryan lives to make music, drink vast amounts of SoCo and just “be.” Photographer Lance Bangs travels to Massachusetts to watch Ryan as his band breaks up, his girlfriend is no longer his, and Protokol underperforms. Through it all Ryan Z remains true to his Spicoli-like nature.
This is one of my favorite live performances I’ve filmed; Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy walking out onto a minor league baseball park in Coney Island in the summer of 2003. Music can easily dissipate when it is performed outdoors in an open space in the summer, and the audience were primarily there to see Bjork and Sigur Ros who were performing later that evening. Will seemed to stare into the occasion and began adapting the words of Rabindranath Tagore’s “2-15” to describe the set and setting, then spun it into “New Partner.” The woman accompanying him is Cynthia Hopkins.