Strange Fruit (2018)
From January to April 30, 2018, 68 Black lives have been taken by the police.
This is a project I made my final year as an undergrad last May.
When I finished this video, Jordan Edwards had just been shot and killed by the police. He was 15 years old, right around the same age as my little brothers.
During the making of this: I had a pile of images of the victims of police brutality and the bodies of Black and Brown people that the system let down and it dawned on me when I was looking down at the hundreds of people that I had printed that it wasn't an eighth of the people who have suffered.
This video is for Jordan Edwards, for Micheal Brown, for Trayvon Martin, for Tamir Rice, For John Crawford, for Sandra Bland, for Eric Garner, for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, for Yvette Smith, for Oscar Grant, For Carry Ball Jr., for Tanisha Anderson, for the 987 people killed in 2017 by the police and for the thousands before that.
Directed, Edited, Filmed: Amanda Christine Charles
Choreography: Whitney Wilder
Improv Dance: Keisha Bennett
Vocals: China Orr
Musicians: Brandon Cameron -percussion, John Kelsie II - saxophone
Mixed, Mastered, and Produced: Nick Palazzo at Evolution Recording
Lighting Assistant: Yvenna Sineas
Makeup Artist for Miss. Orr : Jahcelyne Patton
Inspired by the novel "Kindred" by Octavia Butler, Twice is about being connected to the past, future, the people around you and your roots.
Choreography by Keyierra Collins
Performance by Keyierra Collins & Ambe'r Johnson
Vocals: D'Zhari Bolden
Musicians: Brandon Cameron -drums, Darryl Clayton-bass, Hunter Kennedy-keys
Mixed, Mastered, and Produced by Nick Palazzo at Evolution Recording
The truest form of ourselves is the one we always second guess and put in the back of our heads. The battle of morality is one the human race has always been up against. Once we let go of the inner fight against this rectitude, we can then accept our true selves.
Dancers: Alyssa Calvano, Julia Kummerow, Marissa Marinkovch, Porscha Spells
Make-up Artist: Mary Flores
"Falling Short" (2015)
"Falling Short" (2015)
"Falling Short" is a film about domestic abuse; specifically emotional abuse against women. I'm trying to bring awareness of this mistreatment towards women; whilst using singers and dancers to convey the emotion. This film's purpose is to expose the wounds of those who've experienced this in the past and to heal future mistreatments, before they get a chance to form. If "Falling Short" can help one person, it's done its job.
Directed, Filmed and Edited by Amanda Christine Charles
Choreographed by Anabelen Rivero.
Dancers: Keisha Bennett, Trinity Bobo, Alyssa Calvano, Nicole Flores, Marissa Marinkovich, Tristin Pasano, Porscha Spells, and Dalton Rhodes
Vocals: Medhan Abraha,D'Zhari Bolden,Marcus Broderick,Rebecca Brunner,
editing assistant: Eva Laguerre
Engineer, producer, mixer and mastered: Zach Kornhauser
Assistant engineer:Raymond Walker
Original Song: Falling Short- Lapsley
Music Arrangement: Amanda Christine Charles
Bass: Darryl Clayton Jr.
Keys: Hunter Kennedy