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Promise Me You'll Sing My Song

kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2022

Official Selection Film Spotlight

Promise Me You'll Sing My Song

00:06:00 / Mountain Creek, Texas, USA

"Promise Me You’ll Sing My Song" is an homage Mr. Reuben Johnson, an innocent man who was lynched on December 27, 1874 in Mountain Creek, Texas, USA. Performed by dancer Matthew Roberts of Bruce Wood Dance (Dallas, TX, USA) near the site of the lynching of Mr. Johnson, "Promise Me You'll Sing My Song" invites viewers to wrestle with history that hides in plain sight.

How do you think your film relates to the NBFF 2022 Theme 'Dancing Around the World'?

"Promise Me You’ll Sing My Song" situates the viewer in the location in which Mr. Reuben Johnson was murdered. Sharing this history through the lens of screendance positions this story and location within the lansdscape of the "world story" regarding reconciling from histories of racial terror violence.

What do you hope to communicate with our audience through your work?

Healing is possible when we look back to remember together.

Courtesy of The DigiBees, DNA Works, and Bruce Wood Dance

Co-Founder of Dallas-based multimedia company The DigiBees, Jirard is a multifaceted artist & award-winning filmmaker. He has directed Music Videos for a host of artists, including Avery Sunshine, Fred Hammond & Eric Roberson. He has also lent his talents as a Director of Photography to a number of short & feature-length films.

Adam W. McKinney danced professionally with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet Company. His work engages dance performance, anthropology, social justice, community, technology and healing. An Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Christian University, he is the co-director of DNAWORKS.

Director: JIRARD

Director, Choreographer & Costume Designer: Adam W. McKinney

Composer & Musician: Najeeb Sabour,

Producer: Bruce Wood Dance

Photographs: Matthew Roberts, Bruce Wood Dance Brian Guilliaux

Artistic Director: Joy Bollinger

Dancer: Matthew Roberts



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