Cat Velez - 3rd Feb 2016

This powerful video for R&B artist and singer-songwriter Leon Bridges's River, was inspired by real events, and although a sombre affair, Bridges' intention to send a message of hope, as well as raise questions, has been fully achieved through the sensitive, cinematic direction of Miles Jay.

Filmed on location in Baltimore, the video draws heavily from the Baltimore Uprising and includes an extended candelit vigil scene, attended by members of the West Wednesday movement. Created by the family of Tyrone West, who died while in custody of the Baltimore police department in 2013, West Wednesday has become the bedrock of the Baltimore protest movement.

The video also features footage captured on a television screen of teenager Allen Bullock striking the windshield of a car with a traffic cone, which has come to be viewed as one of the most iconic images from the Baltimore Uprising.

PRO Credits


DirectorMiles Jay
Production CompanySmuggler
Production CompanyOPC
ProducerDennis Beier
CommissionerSaul Levitz
Director of PhotographyChayse Irvin
EditorBen Jordan
ColouristTom Poole
Director's Rep (UK)OB Management

Cat Velez - 3rd Feb 2016

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