Date: October 2009

Kanye West and Spike Jonze first linked up for the "Flashing Lights" video. They connected again in January 2009, when they shot We Were Once a Fairytale. The 11-minute film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in Summer 2009. It's somewhat based on Kanye's "See You In My Nightmares," and shows a drunk Kanye embarrassing his friends at a club, hallucinating, and, ultimately, in a showdown with himself in a bathroom mirror.

Its power is difficult to put into words. Kanye confronted his demons (which, in this case, was a tiny mouse in a cape), and combined themes of isolation, loss, and depression into one brief experimental project. And it is beautiful.