While some of us were watching the MTV VMAs, others were attending the premiere of Dirty Projectors‘ short film, Hi Custodian. Directed by David Longstreth, it featured Longstreth himself, as well as Amber Coffman, Haley Dekle, Nat Baldwin, and Mike Johnson of Dirty Projectors.

The film, which was inspired by music films such as Kanye West’s Runaway and Prince’s Purple Rain, tells a story about death and rebirth while featuring recordings and alternate versions of new Dirty Projectors songs, as well as new and unreleased music from the Swing Lo Magellan album sessions. Watch Hi Custodian below.

(Pitchfork)