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.

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

PRO Credits


DirectorMiles Jay
ProducerSaul Germaine
Production CompanySMUGGLER
Executive ProducerAllison Kunzman
Director of PhotographyStuart Winecoff
Art DirectorAkin Mackenzie
EditorBen Jordan
Editing companyWork Editorial
ColouristMike Howell
Grading companyColor Collective
Director's Rep (UK)OB Management
Director's Rep (US)Reprobates
CommissionerKevin Kloecker
Other creditsCostume 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 Steadicam: Stew Cantrell 1st ACs: June Zandona, Christian Crus 2nd ACs: Justin Leblanc, Tom Van Scoyoc, Isaac Banks Loaders: 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 Gaffer: Lyon Taylor Best Boy Electric: Luke Provenzano Electric: Daniel Contaldo, Chelsea Soby, Matt Reilly Key Grip: Ethan June Best Boy Grip: Andrew Gritzke Grips: Levi Sherman, Sam Warga, Gabe Solo Driver: Joe Chiofalo Art Director: Cheyenne Ford Art Coordinator: Skirt Kevin Boonruang Leadman: 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 Scenics: 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 Costumers: 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 VTR: 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 Sound: Harbor Picture Company

Promonews - 20th Dec 2017

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