For Immediate Release – May 1st, 2015
‘In Whose Name?’ is a uniquely Toronto perspective on the topical #BlackLivesMatter conversation
A marriage of music and performance art in the form of a short-film, to be previewed in Toronto May 13th, 2015.
Toronto, ON – “Something needed to be said – and a hashtag wasn’t cutting it for me”.
When Toronto artist, Wade Hudson conceptualized the production of ‘In Whose Name?’, a powerful, emotionally-charged short film reacting to the current, critical conversation circling the judicial system and the black experience – he didn’t have to travel far for inspiration. “The idea of justice has become cloaked in disbelief for me,” the young, Jamaican photographer quips, “There is widespread de-sensitization surrounding the issue at hand, and for me, it’s a reality. I am personally affected because I am a young, black male who fits the target profile for violence by a blatantly flawed societal system. Something needed to be said – and a hashtag wasn’t cutting it for me.”
Hudson called on the talents of d’bi.young anitafrika – an award-winning beloved Toronto storyteller, performer and educator characterized by her dub poetry and creative pursuits. In this piece, d’bi channelled what can only be described as a performance that unabashedly forces the acknowledgment of the current black reality – working closely with Andrew Forde, classical violinist who in his own words, creates art and compositions that speak to the consciousness of his human family. The two married their passions for the subject and drew on their personal experiences to create a performance that brings awareness to the discussion in a raw and authentic way.
It is very telling that while the project was specifically a response to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, it remains both relevant and arguably prescient today – a consideration not lost on Tribeca, who have picked the film to debut on their online showcase May 20th, 2015.
Wade Hudson, represented by creative house Hermann & Audrey, is hoping ‘In Whose Name?’ will spark reaction and encourage other Toronto artists to come together to make a statement, however they see fit. “Let’s pay tribute to the victims and give rise to an even more thoughtful conversation”.
There will be a private screening of “In Whose Name?” for media, friends and family at Hermann & Audrey on May 13th, 2015. The film will then be released online on May 20th, via Tribeca Film Festival at https://tribecafilm.com/.
The project enlists Ram Accoumeh as cinematographer and includes hair and make-up artistry by Sherlyn Torres, wardrobe styling by Talya Macedo, and production support by Hermann & Audrey.
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