Grammy Nominated Longform Video
James McMurtry's
Where'd You Hide The Body

James McMurtry
Linda Feferman (video producer, director)
K.C. Amos (video director)
Bill Brown(video director)
Ingrid Calame(video director)
Sande Chen (video director)
Gregory E. Connor(video director)
Nathan Hope (video director)
Pip Johnson (video director)
Brenda McIntyre (video director)
Luillo Ruiz (video director)
Deborah Stratman (video director)

Learning About "Real Life" Directing. Students Take Plunge on McMurtry Clips
July 29, 1995

LOS ANGELES - College film students are the eyes behind the new longform video for James McMurtry's Where'd You Hide The Body? album, released July 4 on Columbia.

The ambitious project is the result of a young filmmaker's experimen designed to let newcomers have a shot at directing a music videoclip for a major-label artist (Billboard March 11).

For the project, 13 videoclips were directed by 11 aspiring music video makers under the guidance of producer, Linda Feferman.

Feferman, who has numerous film and television credits to her name, began the project by scouting talent at local college campuses, including the California Institute for the Arts in Valencia, Calif., and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

"We posted signs everywhere on campus," say Feferman, who also directed the clips for "Levelland" and "Late Norther" for the longform.

"The response was incredible. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to deal with filmmaking in the real world," says Feferman.

Video production on the 13 clips began in late February and was completed by early April.

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Grammy Surprise!
March 2, 1996

LOS ANGELES - It's not often that people are acknowledged with Grammy nominations for their very first efforts, but that's exactly what has happened to the 12 creative minds behind James McMurtry's "Where'd You Hide The Body?," which is up for Best Music Video Longform. The longform is the result of a young filmmaker's experiment designed to let newcomers have a shot at directing videos for a major-label artist (Billboard, July 29, 1995). The video contains 13 clips by 11 aspiring music video makers under the guidance of producer Linda Feferman.
"Everyone is just shocked and excited," says Feferman of the surprise nomination. "This was the first film job for most of these kids, and it was something that none of us expected. We thought that maybe we would get airplay on MTV or Vh1 - but that was about it."

Many of those involved with the project have benefited from its exposure. K.C. Amos, who directed the longform's "Off And Running," has since produced and directed a half-hour dance show pilot, "TLP: Tonight's Live Party." The show, which is hosted by radio personality, Jesse Collins of KBBT Los Angeles, features performances by several musicians, including Warren G Twinz, Adina Howard, Domino, and Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band.

Feferman is preparing to direct a theatrical film, "Seventeen," under the helm of Martha Coolidge. In addition, she is working as a video journalist for the forthcoming television program "Science Times," which is loosely based on the science editorial coverage in The New York Times.

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Special thanks to the student directors and Linda Feferman, for their time and talents in creating the following videos.

("LATE NORTHER" not available)

About Linda Feferman:
Linda Feferman produces science and entertainment programs, plus develops web content. In another life, she designs rock gardens professionally. Feferman, a Guggenheim Fellow and Sundance award-winning filmmaker, is currently developing a one-hour documentary on two-time Nobel Laureate, physicist John Bardeen (Superconductivity, the Transistor) and a feature film on the Nagasaki bomb.

Feferman produced science segments for the recent PBS and Wired magazine series, "Wired Science" and produced and directed a season of the Robert L. Kuhn PBS talk show, "Closer To Truth," a 15-part series that brings together leading scientists, scholars and artists to debate the latest discoveries and their impact on the human condition. She also worked with Timothy Ferris on the national PBS series, "Life Beyond Earth" which she produced and directed.

Feferman was nominated for an Emmy for her episode of the PBS/KCET series, "The Astronomers," and for a Grammy for a music video album for Columbia recording artist James McMurtry.

Distinct from science, Feferman's feature film, "Seven Minutes In Heaven," for Zoetrope and Warner Brothers Studios was produced by Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Roos. It received an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. It starred a 13-year old Jennifer Connelly.

Her educational short, "Missing: What to Do if Your Child Disappears," was lauded by Billboard Magazine as "an imperative video that succeeds brilliantly." Feferman has been awarded 21 fellowships and grants including a fellowship to live and work in Japan.