Donnie Dix

Shot in New York City, Donnie Dix is a tribute to the brashness of the 80s. Directed by Sascha Taylor Larsen and produced by Oliver Finley, it is a parody of the type of naive self-obsession which characterised this period in our cultural history. The main character, played by Eli Cusick, embodies the absurdity of an era filled with excess. He represents a particular type of machismo coupled with a total lack of personal accountability. In just over three minutes, Donnie Dix’s character arc unfolds as he moves from total self-assurance to an increasing self-awareness, then the self-doubt which ultimately paralyses him.

Donnie Dix is a representation of the collective consciousness of the late 80s based on the films, music, literature and cultural references we have been brought up with. This playful mood is reflected through Josh Herzog’s cinematography, Alex Hass’ lighting and Alexia Salingaros’ colouring. The feeling of the late 80s is also portrayed through Alexandra Ruggieri’s production design, which was influenced by old 1980’s Ikea catalogues and postmodernist design. The styling choices of Gaby Sprenkle, who was inspired by iconic productions such as Miami Vice and The Lost Boys, also served to create the 80s vibe.

The singularity of this music video is that the whole concept stems from the lyrics, written by Taylor Larsen himself. These lyrics reflect a young man who exudes self-assurance, but underneath it all is riddled by self-doubt. Based on this vision, Taylor Larsen asked award-winning composer Eivind Hannisdal to create a sound reminiscent of Jan Hammer’s Miami Vice soundtrack but filled with irony. Hannisdal recreates an authentic 80s sound with live musicians and Taylor Larsen’s humorous lyrics are further exaggerated by this use of the 80s sound.  

Donnie Dix is currently touring across the international awards circuit, with the first screening taking place at the Academy Award® qualifying Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad between June 8 – 12, 2022.

About Sascha Taylor Larsen

Sascha was born in Oslo, Norway to Jamaican-Canadian and Norwegian parents. In 2017 he completed a BFA degree from NYU Tisch Film and Television with a major in directing and editing.

Since graduation Sascha has written a feature length script for Lupi Pictures, worked as In-House Editor for the commercial production company JCB Haus, taught film analysis at Oslo’s leading High School in film and worked as Director’s Assistant to Kari Skogland on her production for Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He is currently working as Development Executive at Skogland’s production company Mad Rabbit Productions.

As a Freelance Director, he has covered a wide range of narrative shorts, music videos and commercial work and has won prizes for best film, editing, cinematography and original score at international festivals in London, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Scandinavia.


Director: Sascha Taylor Larsen

Producer: Oliver Finley

Director of Photography: Josh Herzog

Editor: Sascha Taylor Larsen

Production Designer: Alexandra Ruggieri

Art Assistant: Alyssa Franks

Costume Designer: Gaby Sprenkle

Assistant Stylist: Sevyn Rodriguez

Hair & Make-Up: Elena Kaleda

Colorist: Alexia Salingaros

Casting Director: Cameron Debe

1st AC: Cece Chen

1st AC: Sam Clegg

2nd AC: Ike Oedel

Steadicam Operator: Calvin Falk

Gaffer: Alex Hass

Key Grip: Sam Wolff

Key Grip: Kat Woloson

Stunt Coordinator: Gjermund Gjesme

Music & Producer: Eivind Hannisdal

Lyrics: Sascha Taylor Larsen

Lead vocals: Isak Heim

Guitar: Bror Vegge Kolsrud

Vocals and Keys: Joachim Ose

Vocals: Mariama Ndure

Vocals: Evelyn Hilleren Berger

Percussion: Geir Strande Syrrist

Violin: Odd Hannisdal

Viola: Anni Odenhall

Cello: Karin Hannisdal

Trumpet: Stig Espen Hundsnes

Saxophone: Jørgen Lund Karlsen

Trombone: Sigurd Evensen


Eli Cusick

Greg Valenti


Erik Ramberg

Christina Springle

Gjermund Gjesme

Christopher Torem

Verena McBee

Amelya Salva

Set PA: Blair Taller

Set PA: Miranda Manganaro

Cargo Van Driver: Sean Cologan

Passenger Van Driver: Matt Wade