'Rejoice Resist' IN THE BLK
Conceived for In The Blk - Film Noirs
Rejoice Resist is a film that celebrates and shows Black Joy and Black pleasure as the ultimate form of resistance. It highlights the importance of allowing yourself to feel joy especially in the face of adversity.
The idea for the film was conceived while being isolated at home, with an onslaught of bad news and worse news ever present in my social media feed. I looked to how we comfort each other, what we share and how we connect. Rejoice Resist is also a commentary on current meme culture which members of the Black community have been sharing to up-lift each other in these emotionally fraught times. This content is far more than frivolous distraction - it is a survival tool.
The mission of IN THE BLK is to uplift and support and I am proud to have been able to be a part of this endeavour with my film and very grateful to the ITB designers who have entrusted me to uplift their art in this way.
Written & Directed by: Elisha Smith-Leverock Producer: Margo Mars Production Company: Lief Executive Producer: Ashely Cimone (Equator Productions) Director of Photography: Nathalie Pitters Animator: Jenille Brown Production Designer: Paix Robinson Editor: Ryan Boucher Colourist: Yoomin Lee
Sound Designer: Rucyl Frison Music Supervisor: Ben Smith-Leverock-Esser Movement Director: Natricia Bernard 1st Assistant Director: Giselle Garcia Costume Designers: Ade Samuel & Memsor Kamarake
Featuring Designs by: Aliétte, Amber Raye, Beads Byaree, Brother Vellies, Dixie Graze, Épifenē, Fe Noel, The House of RG, KHIRY, Kai Collective, L’Enchanteur, Marty Moto, Nooni, OLTR London, Sheer Suga, Third Crown, 90zBack.
Casting Director: Kharmel Cochrane Cast: WOMAN: Rhoda Ofori-Attah YOUNG WOMAN: Shanice Weeks-Brown WOMAN 1: Shaniqua Okwok WOMAN 2: Zakyia Wellington