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Melody Gardot 'Preacherman' by Calum Macdiarmid

Cat Velez - 28th Apr 2015

Calum Macdiarmid has directed this stirring, beautiful film for Melody Gardot’s new single Preacherman – taken from her forthcoming album The Current Man –  inspired by the racially motivated murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was killed in 1955, 60 years ago this August.

Emmett Till's murder became a seminal event in 20th century American history, many believing it contributed to the start of the American civil rights movement, and the video was made in association with the Emmet Till Legacy Foundation, which educates young children about racism in the United States.

Calum Macdiarmid does proper justice to the tragic story by employing a sensitive and compassionate angle with his direction. 

CALUM MACDIARMID:

"Melody wanted to reference Emmett’s story in the video, so we came up with idea of two young boys finding his body whilst fishing, then following Emmett's grandmother as she collects his body from the river and makes her way defiantly back into town, for all to see the horrors that have befallen her grandson.

"It’s a very real, very dark moment in history and, as such, the authenticity and integrity of emotion in the film was key for me."

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Calum Macdiarmid
Producer
Tim Francis
Producer
Jonathon Ker
Production Company
Great Guns
Executive Producer
Annie Hanlon
Executive Producer
Sheridan Thomas

Camera

Director of Photography
Sy Turnbull

Editorial

Editor
James Demetriou

Grading

Colourist
Matt Hare
Colour grade company
Glassworks

VFX

Post production company
Glassworks

Agent

Director's Rep (UK)

Commission

Commissioner
Cynthia Lole
Label
Decca Records

Misc

Line Producer
Amile Wilson
Sound design
Dugal Macdiarmid
Director's Rep (US)
Randi Wilens

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