Rising Appalachia – Resilient (Official Music Video)

Directors- Chloe Smith and Leah Song
Cinematographer/Editor- Alex Allaux
Movement Director- Justin Conte
Dancers- Amy Secada, Quentin Robinson (IAMSpecialFX), Justin Conte, Lukas van der Fecht.
Musicians- Chloe Smith and Leah Song
Lighting- Sam Warga

Filmed in North America’s most diverse setting, New York City, Resilient is a stark telling of the songs message through the grace of the dancers bodies and reflections on the poetics. The video was made to be simple, stark, and direct, engaging the viewer into the intimate space of each artist. We wanted to strip away the clutter of objects and centralize the song on our common humanity. Our eyes. Skin tones. Muscles. Smiles. Power. Each dancer responded both with choreography and improvisation to what resilience meant to them personally, and we sang the words straight into the camera to bring the listener in close to this intimate song. Resilient is meant to be a tangible, graspable, relatable folk song for people of all backgrounds and walks of life.


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