As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, the images I originally shot for the Mandela Day campaign were made into a short film by my friends Elliot Kotek and Frank Kelly. After an impressive run on the festival circuit over the past year (it screened at 15 film festivals), it’s now time to release it online. It’s been great to see these images take on another chapter and I’m very grateful to Elliot and Frank for doing such a fantastic job with the film, as well as promoting it so well. So here it is for the first time online above. We wish Madiba all the best in his recovery.
As Elliot put it: “Last year, our film Raise My Hands (by Scott McDermott, Frank Kelly & me) played the fest circuit as a tribute to #NelsonMandela. Given his current condition, we wish him strength and want to share our 8 minute piece with all of you. Please take a look and let us know what you think. Happy 4th, good time to reflect on those with freedoms, those who’ve been freed and the millions of deserving individuals for whom it’s a concept only.”
And Frank: “This film almost didn’t happen. It came out of a chance conversation on Facebook chat with Elliot Kotek, after seeing the incredible images of Scott McDermott. After several emails back and forth between the 3 of us, we arrived at this idea, Scott’s images, Elliot words, My direction and with Dermot O’Mahony‘s music and Celia Almanzan-Fox‘s voice (and Elliot’s) ‘Raise My Hands’ was born. We have decided it is time to share this with you and pay tribute to #NelsonMandela, one of our greatest leaders. We wish him well.”
Here is an interview with Elliot talking about the film at the Sonoma Film Festival: