Video: A trip home to her working-class family in Jackson, Tenn., contrasts the singer-songwriter Valerie June’s earthy, holistic life outlook and incense-scented faith in manifestation with occasional melancholy.
Project background: “Manifest” is a part of “$5 Cover Amplified,” a nine-part documentary series developed for MTV New Media and The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper of Memphis.
Each piece explores the motivations of unique Southern musicians, who play fictional versions of themselves in the MTV-aired “$5 Cover.”
“Amplified” was directed and shot by Alan Spearman, a good friend and highly talented photographer on staff at the paper. Spearman also worked with Lance Murphey, another Old Bridge Media collaborator, on the excellent documentary feature “Nobody.”
The project received two Emmy Awards.