Benjamin Booker 'The Future Is Slow Coming' by James Lees

 Benjamin Booker 'The Future Is Slow Coming' by James Lees
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Disorientated time-traveller Benjamin Booker finds himself in the deep south during segregation-era America, in this short film featuring his songs Slow Coming and Wicked Waters, directed by James Lees. The piece packs a real punch through its depiction of the rampant police brutality and pervasive racism that was characteristic of the time. 

Masterfully crafted, the video employs each song as a backdrop to heighten the dramatic tension at different points in the narration. The opening sequence for Slow Coming, has Booker discovering and eventually becoming tangled up in a scene involving the death of a little girl at the hands of the police. A gap then follows between songs which delivers the full, silent blow of Booker's disbelief before his shock turns to anger for Wicked Waters.

James Lees has outdone himself with this powerful, well-crafted work using the past to focus on the pressing issues facing America today.

 

Credits

Director
James Lees
Executive Producer
Danielle Hinde
Producer
Declan Ryan
Production Company
Doomsday Entertainment
Director of Photography
Jackson Hunt
Editor
Michael Carter
Production designer
John Richoux
Costume designer
Christina Flannery
Colourist
Ricky Gausis
Sound design
Brent Kiser
VFX
Jeff Desom
Make-up
Amber Leonard
Hair
Jessica Masters
Hair
Rena Rheaves

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