A second video for Bob Dylan’s “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” the first single from his new album Together Through Life, is streaming now on IFC.com and will premiere today and tomorrow on the film channel. Unlike the original video for “Beyond Here” — which was a montage of photos by Bruce Davidson, who also took the photograph that became the Together Through Life album cover — the new clip is a dramatic short that could receive an R rating due to its graphic depiction of domestic abuse.
Directed by actor/stuntman/director Nash Edgerton and starring actors Joel Stoffer and Amanda Aardsma, the video captures a brutally violent relationship. The plot (spoiler alert!): Stoffer’s character returns home to find that his girlfriend, played by Aardsma, has escaped from being tied up to the bed. A fight ensues, and a beer bottle and frying pan are turned into weapons before Stoffer throws Aardsma into a television set and punches her out cold. Aardsma comes to before Stoffer can inject her with a needle and stabs him in the stomach with a knife. Somehow, this is a Bob Dylan video.
The clip wraps with Aardsma ramming Stoffer with his car while a knife handle sticks out of his gut. She then realizes she’s made him suffer enough, gets out of the car, and they kiss. Like the previous “Beyond Here” video, Bob Dylan doesn’t make an appearance, but the clip is so riveting you forget that you’re watching a music video and not a short film, which is why it’s fitting that it’s debuting on the Independent Film Channel. Bob Dylan is the still on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone, but only for one more day, so be sure to check out all our Web exclusive Dylan features below:
• “Together” With Bob Dylan: His Greatest Collaborations
• Photos: Bob Dylan On the Cover of Rolling Stone
• From The Archives: Dylan’s Classic Rolling Stone Interviews
• Photos: Beyond the Music — Dylan’s Artwork