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Jay-Z ft. Gloria Carter 'Smile' by Miles Jay

Jay-Z ft. Gloria Carter 'Smile' by Miles Jay

Promonews - 20th Dec 2017

Smuggler director Miles Jay presents a moving short film for JAY-Z’s latest “Smile”. Written by Miles, the video is a visually magnificent piece inspired by the emotional experiences of Gloria Carter, JAY-Z’s mother.

Set in Brooklyn in the 1970s, the video explores Gloria living in the shadows as she is forced to hide her homosexuality. We see her flourishing relationship with her female neighbour, which develops into a budding sexuality that can never be realised. Backgrounded by the social and economic pressures of the time, the two women sacrifice living their truths for the betterment of their children.

A young Shawn Carter witnesses the vulnerability in his mother for the first time and through her pain learns to smile through adversity. JAY-Z’s lyricism concludes with a poem written by Gloria in which she unveils her homosexuality for the first time, revealing the insight of her experience.

Smile is a special and personal film, rendered compassionately by Miles Jay and expertly photographed by Stuart Winecoff.

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Miles Jay
Saul Germaine
Production Company
Executive Producer
Allison Kunzman


Director of Photography
Stuart Winecoff


Art Director
Akin Mackenzie


Ben Jordan
Editing company
Work Editorial


Mike Howell
Colour grade company
Color Collective


Director's Rep (UK)
OB Management


Kevin Kloecker


Director's Rep (US)

Other credits

Costume Designer

Miyako Bellizzi

Production Supervisor

Amanda Summers

Production Coordinator

Anastasia Alvarado

Associate Producers

Dani Girdwood, Claire McGirr, Karen Berkowitz

1st AD

Kamen Velkovsky

1st AD Assist

Jack McKenna

2nd AD

Steven Valle

2nd AD Assist

Jack McKenna

2nd 2nd Assit Directors

Justin Abencuchan

Talent Coordinator

Steven Valle

Casting By

Laura Rosenthal & Maribeth Fox

Street Casting By

Alliah Sophia Mourad, Carmen Rosy Hall


Stew Cantrell

1st ACs

June Zandona, Christian Crus

2nd ACs

Justin Leblanc, Tom Van Scoyoc, Isaac Banks


Matt Harding, Holden Pham

Camera Prep

Zachary Rubin

2nd Unit Dir

Natalie Rae Robison

2nd Unit DOP

Jaclyn Martinez

2nd Unit Loader

Dave Ross

2nd Unit 1st AC

Rachel Batashvili


Lyon Taylor

Best Boy Electric

Luke Provenzano


Daniel Contaldo, Chelsea Soby, Matt Reilly

Key Grip

Ethan June

Best Boy Grip

Andrew Gritzke


Levi Sherman, Sam Warga, Gabe Solo


Joe Chiofalo

Art Director

Cheyenne Ford

Art Coordinator

Skirt Kevin Boonruang


Adam Merritt

Set Decorator

Lauren Crawford

Prop Master

Thor Foss

Prop Assistants

Zachary Alliger, Andrew Burgh

Set Dressers

Michaela Sulka, Luiza Rosa, Barker White, Edwin Idelfonso, Shomari Martinez, Daniel Chandler, Chris Martin, Sasfield King, Joe Henry Baker


John Eschleman, Annamaria “AJ” Archer

2nd Unit Art Coordinator

Monica Dabrowski

2nd Unit Props

Joe Henry Baker

Art Consultants

Aparna Sarkar, Balint Zsako, Emma Hopkins, Manzel Bowman, Maria Ivanova, Taha Clayton

Wardrobe Supervisor

Alex Lee


Oak Laokwansathitaya, Rhamier Auguste, Merve Eltemur

Hair Stylist

Darico Jackson

Hair Assistants

Austin Thornton, Daryce Brown-Willis

Makeup Artist

Etzel Ecleston

Makeup Assistants

Andy Cambridge, Gemma Iaquinta

Sound Mixer

Taylor Roy


Hugo Amaya

Script Supervisor

Peggy Sutton

Location Manager

Danny Cross, Amanda Lomazow

Post-Production Supervisors

Natasha Sattler, Saul Germaine

Supervising Colorist

Alex Bickel

Assistant Colorist

Alex Jimenez


Harbor Picture Company

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