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Brittany Howard 'Stay High' by Kim Gehrig

David Knight - 18th July 2019

After scooping prestigious Cannes Lions this year for Viva La Vulva, her music video-like ad for Libresse, Kim Gehrig makes a rare return to music videos proper for Alabama Shakes' singer Brittney Howard's solo debut single, and celebrates everyday life courtesy of of one of Hollywood's most likeable everyday heroes, Terry Crews.

The redoubtable star of Everybody Hates ChrisBrooklyn Nine-Nine, The Expendables movie series, and more, plays a weary working man who clocks off at the factory, and makes his way home, via a trip to the supermarket - and all the while taking on lipsync duties on Howard's song Stay High. We find that this ordinary day in Athens, Alabama (Howard's hometown) starts to be sprinkled with a certain magic, as his fellow citizens, and aspects of the world start tuning in and contributing to Crew's performance.

The video is a really wonderfully subtle combination of realism and fantasy and the result is pure Gehrig. Like her This Girl Can ad for Sports England, the magic does come from a real place, and she offers the viewer the chance to see things and make a greater than usual, positive response of their own.

This is also as much about the place as the performance by Crews, who on receiving the singer's personal request for him to apper in the video, agreed and then insisted it was filmed in her hometown. Howard's family and friends appear in the video - which is dedicated to her father K.J. Howard, and both he and Brittney make cameo appearances. And this is in many ways a timeless, almost Capra-esque portrait of smalltown America, about a real community. Ultimately it tells us that, a place is more than what appears in the headlines. Just like everywhere else, it is about the people.

BRITTNEY HOWARD:

“This video is shot in my home town of Athens, Alabama. The actors are my family and friends. Terry Crews plays a man who isn’t out to change the world, he plays a man who just wants to come home to those who understand and love him best. We see his inner beauty, grace and humanity in a place that is so often misunderstood.”

TERRY CREWS:

“I got an email from the Brittany Howard, asking me to be a part of a song she wrote that was all about her dad and how special he was to the family. And she poured her heart out in this letter. I couldn’t believe it,” Crews said in the press release. “Brittany was like, ‘we can shoot it in L.A.,’ and I said, ‘No, I’m coming to you, we’re going to Alabama. We’re going to where you grew up, to where your family is.”

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Kim Gehrig
Producer
Saul Germaine
Producer
Christo Arsenio
Producer
James Waters
Production Company
Executive Producer
Saskia Whinney
Executive Producer
Nathan Scherrer
Production Manager
Ashley Amezcua
1st AD
Jabu Brown

Camera

Director of Photography
Ryley Brown
1st AC
Heather Michell
2nd AC
Tracy Facelli

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Drew Frazier

Editorial

Editor
Tom Lindsay
Editing company
Trim Editing

Grading

Colourist
Simon Bourne

VFX

Post production company
Framestore
Post Producer
Sophie Harrison

Commission

Label
Ato Records

Misc

Local Production Company
Choreography
Julianne Waters

Other credits

Swing Nancie Kang

Key Grip Tyler Buchholtz

2nd AD Colbert Bernard

Art Director Travis Jones

Wardrobe Maya Marin

HMU Courtney Small

HMU Jennifer Gibson

Location Scout Lilla Hood

Compositing Ben Cronin & Christian Baker

Audio Post Production Factory, London

Sound Design Anthony Moore, James Utting & Harry Boyce

Mix Anthony Moore

Audio Producer Deborah Whitfield

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