The Foo Fighters choose local filmmakers to create their next music video, will play live in your garage

Three talented and fortunate Minnesota filmmakers have been chosen to create a new music video for the Foo Fighters. Director Justin Staggs and producers Ben Katz and Shane Nelson are currently in pre-production for a video for "Back And Forth," a song from the Foo's hotly anticipated forthcoming record Wasting Light. Filming is set to begin in the Minneapolis area on Sunday, March 20.

Staggs was selected based on a treatment he submitted to the band and FUSE network as part of their "This Video Sucks" competition, which saw hundreds of submissions, with the 25-year-old Staggs ultimately coming out on top. And, based on the litany of memorable and innovative Foo Fighters videos, Staggs certainly has a lot to live up to. But, despite his young age, Justin has already directed over three-dozen videos in his burgeoning career, and without question is ready to make his mark working with the Foo Fighters, helping bring a track from one of the most anticipated releases of 2011 to life and to the masses.

The production team of Katz and Nelson also have quite an impressive resume of their own, producing and directing a video for "A Life Less Ordinary" by Motion City Soundtrack, in addition to Katz's award-winning documentary work. 

These three gifted local filmmakers should make a formidable and fun team while working with the Foo's, who should provide plenty of unscripted amusement on their own, based on Dave Grohl's notoriously playful history. All in all, it adds up to a chance of a lifetime for a bunch of dedicated artists who are ready to make their own slice of music video history with a band that is ready to take a chance on them. For more information about the filmmakers, check out their websites, and

And, speaking of the Foo Fighters, they have just announced a local date in the Twin Cities area, but it's certainly not the type of arena concert you've come to expect from the massive band. Inspired by recording their new record in Grohl's garage, the group has announced an eight-city tour/contest where they will play in YOUR garage on April 20 if you are the lucky winner.

All you have to do is take a photo of your garage and, in 25 words or less, tell the Foo Fighters why they should play there. If you win, you can invite 50 of your closest friends to the dream gig, and the Foos will bring the rock right to you. Seriously, how awesome would that be? So, clean out your garage and park your car in the street, because you just might be hosting the biggest rock show to hit the Twin Cities this spring. And if you do win, what do you say you keep me in mind for one of your invites?

More information on the contest can be found here:

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