Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Amile Wilson teams up with Melody Gardot to produce video

Grammy-nominated artist Melody Gardot and our own Amile Wilson produced the music video, Preacherman. It was filmed in Madison County and used Canton residents.  The video is a tribute to Emmett Till and his legacy.  


Juan said...

Nice video but what exactly is/was Till's "legacy"?

Somebody has to ask the tough questions, so hammer away.

Anonymous said...

Till was a tragic victim. Gardot (born in that "other" Philadelphia) tries to tie that tragedy in with the thuggery of Michael Brown and other recent criminals as an indictment of, well, white people, especially in the South, and especially in Mississippi for some reason.

Nothing about the 100s of blacks kids murdered by other black thugs in, say, Chicago, but is anyone surprised by that artistic cowardice?

Anonymous said...

What do you mean by "tough question"?

Anonymous said...

Excellent. Wonderfully shot.

Ignore the trolls and they go away.

Anonymous said...

Juan, do you really not know the story or are you doubting the use of the word "legacy"?

Anonymous said...

Great job Amile. Trolls will be trolls. Impressive quality and neat to see any production work being done in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Great work Amile. The only problem is the video is better than the song!

Anonymous said...

Mediocre video, made by a mediocre person.

Anonymous said...

It had potential, but it couldn't decide what it wanted to be. Gritty and hyper-realistic? Or sort of a magical realist fable kind of thing? I mean, she's panicking in one frame, then she's this stoic, proud bearer of the dead in the next. Which is it?

Also, it was riddled with tropes and cliches. The slow motion pit bull for black poverty? The obese, smirking Bobby-Moak-looking white guy for evil southern bigotry? Please.

Not bad for a first try, but thematically all over the place.

Anonymous said...

Hey dbag at 4:29. What videos have you produced? None you say? That's what I thought.

Anonymous said...

Something tells me those children were trespassing.

Anonymous said...

I'm just happy Amile is getting a pay check from somone besides Will Longwitz. Congrats man!

Anonymous said...

I liked it. I think the purpose of the film aspect was to evoke a variety of emotions ( see stages of grief). When someone you love dies, you're in shock and when you feel like you're in a comfortable place, you let it all out.

I do not see a proud " bearer of the dead". I see a woman in shock trying to hold her composure as she holds a dead body whilst walking back to town. When she gets back to town in a place of relative safety ( the church), she looses her composure and let's it all out.

I also liked the song.

Analyzing each and every scene of an indie style music video seems kind of stupid - it's all about perspective. Beauty ( or the lack thereof in this case) is in the eye of the beholder. You're supposed to suspend analytic thought and immerse yourself into the idea and be a part of the ongoings and feel it more so than just see it. For what they had to work with, all involved did an awesome job.

Claire Underwood said...

I was prepared to loathe this based on the political agenda, but I thought it was beautifully done.

And they weren't trespassing as someone commented earlier. The boys were filmed at Tilda Bogue, north of Canton, with the owner's permission.

Anonymous said...

Hey dbag at 4:29. What videos have you produced? None you say? That's what I thought.

You've got the Ben Allen Syndrome real, real bad.

Anonymous said...

"The obese, smirking Bobby-Moak-looking white guy for evil southern bigotry?"

I thought he was the best actor in the video. Maybe he'll win a JFP "best of" award.

Anonymous said...

"I thought he was the best actor in the video. Maybe he'll win a JFP "best of" award."

OK, everyone - contest time: Name the category for an "obese, smirking Bobby-Moak-looking white guy" (or is that the category already?)

Anonymous said...

Nice use of the AG Museum in the video!

Uncanny Irony Today said...


Anonymous said...

JFP's Best Visual Representation of White Privilege goes to ...

Obese Smirking Bobby-Moak-Looking White Guy for Preacherman!

Anonymous said...

This is an outstanding video with great work done by both the singer and Amile Wilson. The message was a little over=the-top, since it has been about 60 years since Till was killed and Mississippi has changed since then. But artistically, it is a nice job.

Anonymous said...

This is flat out great work, the framing is world class. Kudos to Amile.

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