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all footage of Bronzeville, Chicago 2018. Film & Animation by Maren Celest with help from Ben LaMar Gay. dedicated to MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS. NOIR mural by Charles Jean Pierre (assisted by Pedro Cornel, Donte Williams & Community).

The song is an intense, brief visit from an older self to impart an urgent message to younger self, who then replies and bursts into revelation. of the new album from Maren Celest, I SAW THE SUN ~ with movement by Eryka Dellenbach.

For Transference Fest 2019 - Audio/Music by KING VISION ULTRA :

Based on personal experiences with sleep paralysis, to be re-formatted and re-shot for a project coming soon.

Music by Gregory Uhlmann Video by Maren Celest Produced by Dog Legs Music Recorded by Tim Carr guitar/voice/piano - Gregory Uhlmann voice - Cari Stevens viola/violin - Lauren Baba bass clarinet - Andrew Conrad

Premiered on Bitch Media :

Featuring SIMA CUNNINGHAM & MACIE STEWART of Chicago (& their Original song)

Video production, editing and direction by Maren Celest, also of Chicago

twenty fifteen and sixteen, Chicago.


Beloved, build me
Build me a house of a million martyr mother arms, 
and make the roof from the bed of foolish lovers
The place will shake with such a sultry thunder.

Take all the spiders and let them go right into bed
because you and me will never need to rest again.

Beloved I will hold your hands like fruit
Beloved I will hold your hands like fruit.

My memory serves me much too well
brings me rusty water from the wishing well

I called the snake and the snake did come

Hard to see a phantom when you're sitting in the fog

The night is long but the drunk don't fear it!

I'm with you, in spirits.

Original song, video & crude animation by Maren Celest
Recording, production, mixing & mastering by Kyle Vegter ( )

Special thanks to Cassie Doumas ( ) for inspiring the ship scene and for being a beautiful subject for the fruit tree segment.

Special thanks also to Despina Papadeas, Brett Manning, Josh Murphy, Dan Haefs (guitar), Eric Streichert (drums), Maria Brieflei and Isabel Schuler.

This was my very first personal video release.

Made with John Hanson, on 16mm film.
Original music and film by Photographers.

Evergreen - Darts & Arrows 


Song by Bill MacKay |
for Darts & Arrows |
Video by Maren Celest
with assistance by Melissa Musseau and Diana Bowden

The song Evergreen is featured on Darts & Arrows' album Altamira on ears&eyes records (2015). It was written by Bill MacKay.Bill MacKay, guitar
Ben Boye, keys
Kyle Hernandez, bass
Quin Kirchner, drums
Renee Baker, viola
Nick Mazzarella, alto sax

A film commissioned by the 4-time-grammy-award-winning group, Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird and Sleeping Giant collaboration project. Chicago 2014. //
Commissioned by the Stuart and Maxine Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival
and co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Visual arts production elements made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.