The work of several local artists is attracting the eyes of thousands of people all around the world and on social media, by taking on a popular Michael Jackson song. It’s not only highlighting downtown Albuquerque, but inspiring the talents of young, creative minds.
“It was more just about showing what creative people can do when we get together. A lot of times there is a spotlight on the negativity more so than the positivity,” said Griff Lamar, creator of the video.
It took Lamar and a team of young creative minds two days to produce their five-minute long version of “Thriller.” Little did they know, their work would eventually be seen by thousands.
“I have an iPhone 10S Max. We filmed it with that. We had a tripod, lighting and everything. We just went with it,” said Lamar.
Lamar, an Air Force veteran, University of New Mexico graduate and self-proclaimed Michael Jackson fanatic, says it all started when he met other like-minded individuals at an ABQ Street Meet.
ABQ Street Meet was created by Megan Kamauoha to form a safe and collaborative community of artists.
Lamar was able to enlist the help of a crew, including actress Shyla Lavalle, makeup and special effects artist Melissa Gardner, cosplayer Nicolas Packard and photographer Wen Wu.
“It was kind of loose, you know, the idea. We knew we wanted to shoot it out in front of KiMo Theatre to give it that feel of the old school theater,” said Lamar.
Lamar is now hoping their production will inspire other young artists to collaborate, and from there, push the envelope creatively and achieve their own success.
“There’s a lot of creative people out here, whether it has to do with music, actual artwork, videos, photography,” said Lamar.
In just two weeks, Lamar’s video has spread rapidly, reaching nearly 4,000 views and nearly 100 shares. Lamar says numerous Michael Jackson fan pages have also shared the video.
The next date for ABQ Street Meet is June 1.