Director Savanah Leaf,
newly added to the Free The Bid database, shared her thoughts on her short film, “The Ayes Have It,” a beautiful and blistering visual interpretation of a poem of the same name by Tiana Clark
. Both the poem and film meditate on the connections across time between Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till, and the long legacy of Black Americans denied justice.
“The Ayes Have It” was created with Stink Films and has been selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Savanah Leaf is a director, photographer, writer and creative. She is currently based between London and Los Angeles. Leaf has published and/or screened in Afro Punk, Cannes Short Corner, London Short Film Festival, Dazed and Confused, Pixar Animation Studios, San Francisco Black Film Festival, One Point Four, Okay Africa, Booooooom TV and many more.
“The Ayes Have It” has a unique Free Association pattern, that at times may feel random. But the words of the poem have a unique resonance with me, having lived in London, the Bay Area, and Miami.
I can vividly remember being in Florida for the killing of Trayvon Martin and reading the news documenting all the details of the trials. I can also distinctly remember riding BART in Oakland just a few weeks before Oscar Grant was murdered at Fruitvale Station, and then following the case across the media.
So when I read this poem I could tell Clark’s stream of consciousness is not random — it is a reflection of what she has gone through and seen in the media.
This film is derived from my own associations to the words of the poem, a reflection of my own experiences, the stories from others, the media and history. Untamed. Unfiltered. Insensitive. Truthful.”
For Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin and every family denied justice
A FILM BY
Todd Boss, Egg Creative, Claire McGirr
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
“The Ayes Have It,” a poem by Tiana Clark. ©2012 Tiana Clark. Used by permission. This poem first appeared in Raven Chronicles.
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA
SECOND CAMERA ASSISTANT
Carmen Pellón Brussosa
VOICEOVER RECORDED BY
VOICEOVER DIRECTED BY
WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY
Michael L Lewis
Justin Deyarmond Edison Vernon
We Are Theodore
Connie at Merton Film Office
Clara and Michael Freeman
Josh Posner Catering