INITIATION. In this short film we follow Meiks as he goes through the initiation process to fulfill his desire of joining The Tuff Gang.
The film was shot in and around the Kingston area. It also features the Irace Rehearsal Studio where the ASADeNAKI and The Tuff Gang rehearsals happen. This place is a Historical landmark as alot of Jamaican reggae pioneers have used the space including Bunny Wailer, Ken Boothe, Beres Hammond, The Abyssinians etc. But most of all its open to the youth as a training ground for rising acts like No-maddz, Raging Fyah, Pentateuch, Exile Di Brave and ASADeNAKI.
When asked for the the WHY of this short film, ASADeNAKI (Eldest son of the Legendary Bunny Wailer) answers: “I’ve always had a love for film ever since my first video production course. This short film joins my love of making music and movies.”
INITIATION’s main purpose is to promote the “Freedom Seeds” EP and the “Labor Day” mixtape. This film also features their #DWEAT project, encouraging Urban gardening and backyard/container farming.
Written by: Abijah Livingston
Story by: Abijah Livingston, Chuka Chukwurah.
Film Editors: Narry Berry, Reginald Bell
Colorist: Roxanne Haynes
Chief Editor: Abijah Livingston
Lighting Technician: Reginald Bell
Location Manager: Horace Brown
Production Manager/Designer: Chuka Chukwurah.
Director of Photography: Abijah Livingston
Camera: Reginald Bell
Asst Camera: Narry Berry
Stunt Coordinator: Yezer Root
Sound Technician: Asadenaki Wailer
Tuff Gang Pin Design: Emile Arnold
Executive Producers: Simone C. Simpson, Abijah Livingston
Soundtracked by Asadenaki and The Tuff Gang’s Freedom Seeds EP (itunes,cdbaby) and Labor Day Mixtape (soundcloud)
Get Freedom Seed EP here