Two weeks ago, I posted an item about the trailer for Atlanta based filmmaker Artemus Jenkins’ (“P.O.P.,” “Smoke and Mirrors”) new upcoming documentary, “If You Know the Words, Feel Free.”
The film was shot during “Afropunk” week in Atlanta, and the filmmaker says he made it to “highlight a group of people, artists and creatives inhabiting Atlanta, all hoping to find and define our success and legacy, ranging from painters and graphic designers to musicians and authors.”
However, what was planned to be a simple film “then… kinda turned into something else.”
Jenkins went deeper saying that his new film “deals with life and the various ways it tests, molds and prepares us to live it. Life is something we all experience differently, but it still stands as a song we at some point, all know the words to. It doesn’t matter how we know or who taught us. It doesn’t matter what octave you choose to sing in, be it nice and easy or double time, a common thread is not hard to find”.
He adds that it “was made for anyone who has ever had to question themselves and why they’re here. Anyone who has ever wondered when things will get better and if you’re as good at what you do as everyone seems to think. This film is for those who worry about dying before you find out. This film is for anyone with extreme self doubt but projects equal amounts of confidence. To all those who ever wanted to speak loudly but couldn’t figure out the words, hopefully this film can be the start of your outline. To all those who are not sure how much further you have to go, don’t give up…ever. This film was made to spread love and create understanding of a community and a place; the human community and wherever you may rest. We all connect thru shared experiences. No matter where you’re from, how you grew up or what you’re trying to do, everyone finds out that being an adult ain’t easy. There are some things you just can’t prepare for or be warned about by those who’ve adulated before you. The power of the shared experience that is life and trying to live it the best way you know how is what brought together all the people who helped make this film possible”.
Take a look at the entire documentary below: