Whimsical Treatment of CD’s Title Track, “Be Good (Lion’s Song)” Directed by Award Winning Filmmaker Pierre Bennu, with Cinematography by Shawn Peters and Special Set Work by Visual Artist Dirk Joseph
Riding high on the out of the box success of soul/jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s sophomore release, Be Good, Motema Music has just released a video of the CD’s title track, “Be Good (Lion’s Song.)” The video, which was directed by Pierre Bennu of ExitTheApple Productions, features cinematography by Shawn Peters, who worked with Porter on the two videos from the singer’s Grammy nominated CD, Water (“Illusion” and “1960 What?”), and who has also shot videos and short films for Pharoahe Monch, Blitz The Ambassador, and Terence Nance.
Shooting entirely on location in Baltimore, Maryland, director Pierre Bennu visually compliments Porter’s intense lyrics and smooth, soulful vocals with vibrant colors and whimsical storytelling, and sets it all against Charm City’s unique backdrop. As two lovers traverse their everyday lives amidst the mundane, Bennu draws on the power of everyday magic, the fear of loss, and the yearning for love in what he calls a “lullaby for your inner child.”
“The dance of love is something that can be done alone but it is also fun with somebody else,” says Bennu. “I wanted to show two characters; one who was so busy dancing alone, never looking to have a partner… and another so desperate for love that he would do whatever it took to get it. What that character finally realizes is that all he needed to offer forth was himself.”