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Film of the Week

April 11, 2015

• Nicole Malek

Why I loved it:
“You bred Raptors?” is a short documentary about an eclectic band finding its way in NYC. The band manager and bassist, Peat Rains, narrates the film, describing their journey and band philosophy.
I can write paragraphs and paragraphs about why I loved this three-and-a-half minute short. That’s how good it is. But it has been a challenge for me to put my finger on exactly why I loved it. Was it the beautiful “Velociraptor blues” music that they played throughout?  Was it the theatricality of their performance? (Each band member wears a mask for the duration of their shows.) Was it because their band name involves dinosaurs? No, my friends. I love this movie because I love people that love what they do. And Peat Rains, speaking for the band throughout the film,  LOVES what he does. It is such a rare, magnetic pleasure to see someone who is so lovingly obsessed with their profession. As Peat says toward the end of the film, “This [making music] is the only thing that makes me completely happy. I’ll do it until my fingers fall off from the elements.” Watch this film and behold a lucky man.
Why you should watch it:
It’s incredible what talented filmmakers can do with a short amount of time. Jenny Schweitzer crafts a beautiful snapshot into the lives of these musicians in the time it takes to make microwave mac n’ cheese. I want to see what she can do in 90 minutes!
Where you can watch it:
Who made it:
Jenny Schweitzer is a prolific director and producer. “You Bred Raptors?” is part of 'Rhythm in Motion,' her series of short films centered around the subway musicians of New York City.


Nicole Malek

Community Manager, Seed&Spark



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