So many gorgeous shots in this poetic meditation by London/Los Angeles-based director and photographer Savanah Leaf. Speaking to two specific cases that changed the culture of the South — the murders of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin — “The Ayes Have It” offers a mixed-race woman’s perspective on racial discrimination and justice in America.


A film by Savanah Leaf
Executive Producers: Todd Boss, Egg Creative, Claire McGirr
Producer: Edward Freeman
Director of Photography: Joel Honeywell
Editor: Pete Fullarton
In Association with: Stink Films

“The Ayes Have It,” a poem by Tiana Clark. ©2012 Tiana Clark. Used by permission. This poem first appeared in Raven Chronicles.

Story by Savanah Leaf

Ayesha McMahon
Isiah Chambers
Ajani Johnson–Goffe
Olivia Bright
Harry Tibble
Connie Freeman
Skyla Wilson
Ayaana Aschkar-Stevens
Mulan Itoje
Pippa Christian
Laurence Sessou
Jason Ryall
Victoria Blauss

Voiceover: Malina Tirrell

Casting by:
Savanah Leaf
Tytiah Blake

Assistant Director: Sophia Dembitzer
First Assistant Camera: Andrew Bradley, Ondrej Rybar
Second Camera Assistant: Carmen Pellón Brussosa
Steadicam Operator: Jake Whitehouse
Camera Trainee: Kairo Jones, Vivien Goddard-Stephens
Gaffer: Ben Miller

Art Department: Georgia Charter
Hair: Susy Etionsa
Make-Up: Yvette Francesca
Stylist: Sophia Dembitzer
Associate Producer: Andrew Levene (Stink Films)
Colorist: Oisin O’Driscoll (The Mill)
Producer: Dan Kreeger
Sound Design: Ben Chick
Foley Editor: Sophia Hardman
Re-Recording Mixer: Will Miller
Voiceover Recorded by Warren Latimer
Voiceover Directed by Alison Leaf
Music: “_____45______” by Bon Iver
Written & Preformed by Michael L Lewis, Justin Deyarmond, Edison Vernon
Courtesy of Jagjaguwar
Musical Consultant: We Are Theordore


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