Jay-Z - 'Smile'

JAY-Z - 'Smile'

Smile is an honest expression of inner struggle, a young woman living in a community that left no room for freedom of sexuality. In a love letter to his mother, Gloria Carter, JAY-Z, tells her story of raising a preadolescent son, whilst living in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects. The piece explore’s the battle against one’s hardship, environment, and unaccepting culture— while exploring self-identity.

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Director:  Miles Jay
Executive Producer:  Patrick Milling-Smith, Brian Carmody, Allison Kunzman
Producer:  Saul Germaine
Screenwriter: Miles Jay
Cinematographer: Stuart Winecoff
Editor: Ben Jordan
Production Designer: Akin McKenzie
Music: JAY-Z
Principal Cast: Gloria Carter, Dominique Fishback, Isi Laborde, Taylor Thomas, Guy Lockard
Additional Credits: Costume Designer: Miyako Bellizzi, Production Supervisor: Amanda Summers, 1st Assistant Director: Kamen Velkovsky, Jack McKenna, Casting: Laura Rosenthal, Maribeth Fox, Art Director: Cheyenne Ford, Colorist: Alex Bickel, Mike Howell, Sound Mixer: Joshua Berger, Stedicam: Stew Cantrell, 1st Assistant Camera: June Zandona, Christian Cruz


Publicity Contact
Pat Heywood
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year:  2017
Screening in: Music Videos
Screening Section: Music Video Competition
Screening Category: Music Video
Country: United States
Runtime: 08:24 mins