Tara Beier releases new video for "DIANA" from California 1970 EP
Musician and filmmaker Tara Beier has released a new video for the song "DIANA"from her latest six-song EP, California 1970. Beier, a Vancouver native who now splits her time between L.A. and Toronto, describes the new video as a reflection of the song's theme of a girl turning to nature to escape the pressure of the big city. "DIANA" was shot in Joshua Tree National Monument, and various locations in Downtown and East L.A.
"A friend and I made the video together, partly as an adventure," Beier says. "It was over 40 degrees in the desert and we had to watch for rattlesnakes. Then we shot in the L.A. River, which is really difficult to access. It took us two days to find a secret entrance. Then we did some filming along Skid Row, which was challenging. We often had to hide the camera, but overall I think we got some imagery that really suits what the song is about."
Born in Vancouver to parents with roots in the Philippines and the UK, Beier studied classical piano into her teens before branching out into acting and filmmaking.
Her acclaimed documentary I Met A Man From Burma about a former Burmese revolutionary fighter-turned-activist, helped get its subject Canadian citizenship after 10 years in the system. Beier’s next film project was Covered, which saw her taking on the role of Buffy Sainte-Marie and spending a year immersed in the life and music of the Canadian folk icon. It was named Best Experimental Film at the Imagine Native Film Festival, along with being featured at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as 18 other international film festivals.
Returning to music, Beier released her well-received debut full-length album Hero & The Sage in 2016, produced by Bret Higgins of Great Lake Swimmers. Beier produced California 1970 herself at legendary L.A. studio The Village Recorder, and the EP has drawn comparisons to the work of First Aid Kit, Neko Case and Stevie Nicks.