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Sun, 10/28/2018 - 08:15
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Indonesian Movie Director Makes Music Video Featuring Grammy Winner

Jakarta, October 28 (ANTARA) - Indonesian young director Livi Zheng, who forayed into Hollywood, recently directed a music video titled "Queen of the Hill" sung by Judith Hill, Grammy Award and The Voice talent search show winner. According to a statement by an email received by Antara here, Tuesday, Zheng noted that the combination of funk music and traditional Balinese gamelan music is what sets the music video "Queen of the Hill" apart from the rest. "This music video also features various Balinese dances," Zheng remarked. Funk is a musical genre that originated from the African-American community in the mid-1960s. They created a new music genre that was a mixture of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues music. All images displayed in the Queen of the Hill video were taken in the United States, in a desert area, Joshua Tree. Zheng admitted to facing several challenges during the shooting process. "The big Balinese gamelan set had to be brought from Los Angeles, which is approximately three hours away from the movie set. In addition, the temperature was high, reaching 40 degrees centigrade," she noted. According to Zheng, gamelan can most likely develop cracks in such hot conditions. "We only have one set of gamelan. Hence, if it gets cracked due to high temperatures, we could not take pictures," she pointed out. The Queen of the Hill music video will be featured in a movie also directed by Zheng and will air in several theatres of the United States, starting November 16, 2018. The movie, titled "Bali: Beats of Paradise," was filmed in Indonesia and the United States. The executive producers of this film are Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi and Julia Gouw, a banker who is named among the 25 Most Powerful Women in the US Banking.