District 97 get in the Halloween spirit with Ghost Girl

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Chicago prog rockers District 97 get into the Halloween spirit with the release of their very first animated short film. It's for their song Ghost Girl, taken from the band's most recent album Screens. You can watch the short film in full below.

Ghost Girl is the musical journey of a little girl who longs to fit in. The only problem? She's terrorizsd by malevolent spirits, and nobody believes her—except for her loving but overbearing mother.

"For well over a year, I've had a vision in my head of an animated short film for Leslie's and my song Ghost Girl," says drummer and executive producer of the video Jonathan Schang. "I imagined something that conjured a similar mood to Steven Wilson's and Owl House Studios' stop motion videos. Through happenstance I was put in touch with director Christopher Kezelos (Zero, The Maker), who enthusiastically took on the project. Since January, we closely collaborated to bring Ghost Girl and her world to life.

"I never could've guessed how much all of our lives would change during the making of this film, but I feel that makes its story of isolation, alienation, and redemption all the more relevant. I hope it captivates music and film fans everywhere this Halloween season and beyond."

"When I first heard the song Ghost Girl I was instantly drawn into the disturbing tale of a young medium terrorised by evil spirits and the epic highs and lows of this sweeping rock ballad," adds director Kezelos. "Every line of the song conjured haunting and beautiful images in my mind that I wanted to bring to the screen.

The song, sung from the protagonist's point of view, felt very personal. I wanted to portray her story through a diary as she journals her life and shares her intimate secrets with the viewer. Sketches that ebb from dark and gritty to light and calm as she pours her heart and soul onto the page.

"I wanted every scene to feel like a beautiful cinemagraph. A memory captured in time, with a hint of motion that draws you into Ghost Girl's world. My hope is that her tale of transformation resonates with audiences struggling with their own demons."

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.