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Desirée Dawson 'Meet You At The Light' by Alexander Farah

Promonews - 28th Mar 2022

A bittersweet and heartfelt portrait of a young woman and her diabetic father, Alexander Farah's film for Canadian singer-songwriter Desirée Dawson's Meet You At The Light, released six months ago, has now won two big awards in the past two weeks - International Grand Prix at The Sharks' Music Video Awards, and winner of both the Jury Award and the Audience Award in the Music Videos section at SXSW Film Festival 2022.

With the lead roles played by Ishaval Gill and her father Kamaldevinder Gill, and with Harinder Saini, Balinder Johal and Shrey Vyas as family members, Farah begins at the end of the story, in the painful scene of the father's funeral, before going back to happier times and then following the story of his declining health through several powerful scenes.

Experienced DoP Farhad Ghaderi worked alongside Alexander Farah on his first music video - who chose to cast a non-actor in Kamaldevinder Gill in the crucial role of the father - a gamble that has paid off very effectively. 

The jury of the Music Videos category at the SXSW Film Festival this year has been effusive in their praise for their winner. “Without a single detail wasted, we were all moved to tears by this powerful story from a first-time music video director. Featuring equally beautiful performances, editing, and cinematography, we present the Best Music Video award to Desirée Dawson - Meet Me at the Light by Alexander Farah.”   

Promonews - 28th Mar 2022

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Alexander Farah
Producer
Shyam Valera
Producer
Kashif Pasta
Production Company
Wallop Film
Production Company
Dunya Media
Executive Producer
Katherine Koniecki
Executive Producer
Martin Glegg
1st AD
Tamara Black
Production Assistant
Kevin Kim

Camera

Director of Photography
Farhad Ghaderi
1st AC
Mikael Bidard
Steadicam
Peter Park
2nd AC
Soloman Chiniquay, John Fleming

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Terrance Azzuolo
Gaffer
Michael Yeung
Grip
Ron Okinawa

Art

Production designer
Charlie Hannah
Art Director
Mona Fani

Wardrobe

Stylist
Madison Cannell
Stylist
Pooja Patel
Hair & Make-up
Charmi Khetia
Hair & Make-up
Aratrika Das

Casting

Casting director
Kara Eide
Casting director
Kris Woznesensky

Editorial

Sound Design/Mix
Eugenio Battaglia
Film Scan
Peter Hagge at Filmhouse
VFX Support
Lucas Hrubizna

Grading

Colourist
Sam Gilling

Other credits

Special thanks

Lecily Corbett, Tug Phipps, Met Post NY, The Gill Family, Ian Garrett, Gillian Pyper, Phillip Wong, Sydney Robertson, Julie Lajeunesse, Christine Ackerley, Justin Karasick, Maria Crisa Cardente, Myriam Farah, Sydney Robertson, Salar Pashtoonyar, Meysam Motazedi, Minhal Baig, David Findlay and Francis Arevalo.

This video was created thanks to the generous support of the MVP Project, a joint initiative of RBCxMusic and the Prism Prize (administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television).

Promonews - 28th Mar 2022

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