Imagine the life you could live... If you weren't afraid to die.
“EMMETT STILL” is the first film by visual artist, scholar and activist, Fahamu Pecou. “Emmett Still” features a day in the precarious life of a young Black man. This is a world where a random encounter with police can quickly turn into a life or death situation. Ultimately, he discovers strength and assurance in the power and beauty of his ancestors.
The film's title references the brutal 1955 lynching of Chicago teen Emmett Till and links Till's death to the ongoing violence aimed at Black male youth today.
The soundtrack features original music by Fahamu Pecou with guests Killer Mike, Okorie Johnson, Ekundayo, DFocis and AllenTheHuman. It also features a snippet from Cambridge University's 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William Buckley as well as motivational words by Kanye West.
The film and album are a part of Pecou's exhibition called "Do or Die: Affect. Ritual. Resistance.." at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC. (www.halsey.cofc.edu) Aug 26 - Oct 8, 2016) and also represents aspects of Pecou's research as a Ph.D candidate at Emory University, in Atlanta GA.
Karen Marie Mason
Director of Photography/Editor
Eamon Pasternak was born on November 1, 1998 in Juneau, Alaska and learned to skate at the tender age of two. His parents, Fiona and Piotr, brought him to the city rink during summers and Mendenhall Lake in the winter. A child prodigy, Eamon surprised all the local skate club instructors when he performed a double axel at only five years of age. Mrs. Pasternak has often recalled that Eamon seemed more comfortable on skates than on his feet. Eamon was always dedicated to the sport, spending up to six hours each day skating.
He drew the attention of renowned coach Sergei Maslov as the youngest competitor in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Skating Championships. Under Mr. Maslov’s training, Eamon has become widely recognized as one of the world’s most talented young skaters to date. Eamon enjoys traveling and competing, but loves coming back home to skate by the Juneau Ice Fields. His fondest and earliest memory is skating on Mendenhall Lake in late January 2002. Weaving figure-eights at dusk, he listened to his skates echo against the calm, ancient glacier. From that moment forward, Eamon never wanted to leave the ice.