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DJ AM Documentary Director Kevin Kerslake Gives Advise to Aspiring Directors [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

by Ryan Middleton   Apr 28, 2015 17:32 PM EDT

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Music video director and documentarian Kevin Kerslake is a fascinating man to talk to. His breadth of knowledge across the industry and fiercely independent mindset, despite working with some of the biggest rock acts of the 1990s, has positioned him into being one of the more respected names in music film. He premiered his new documentary about the tragic life of DJ AM titled "As I AM" two weekends ago during the Tribeca Film Festival and we had the chance to sit down with him for an interview. In our first segment we discussed the film, the life of DJ AM and what is to come for the documentary, including some "mesmerizing" bonus features. Watch part one here.

In the second part of our interview with Kerslake, we continue the conversation, moving on to his career, gaining perspective on how the music video industry has changed from when he started vs. now and if he has any advise for aspiring directors who are looking to follow in his footsteps. To that, he implores directors to stay independent and "run film through the camera." Watch the second part of our interview with the director below.

Over his storied career, Kerslake has directed music videos for the likes of Nirvana, Velvet Revolver, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Cypress Hill and many others. He has also directed and produced documentaries on a variety of different topics including for Electric Daisy Carnival, which has footage from DJ AM, the remix album for Bob Marley's Legend and live show shoots for a variety of bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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