Award-winning film ‘Film for Social Change’ wins 12 international festival awards – Film News |

British artist The Woolfman was inspired by the words of American filmmaker Spike Lee for his latest release. Driven by a desire to ‘Heal America’s Soul’, the songwriter and producer collaborated with one of the UK’s leading independent filmmakers on the song and video ‘Make America Love Again’ which has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, including “Best Cause Driven Film” and “Best Song” at the Cannes World Film Festival in June this year.

Born in Cape Town, The Woolfman last left South Africa at the age of 16, repelled by the injustices of the apartheid system then in force. Since then he has been a vocal and active opponent of racism and all forms of injustice. This has been a constant theme in his songwriting. In 2018, he watched director Spike Lee interviewed on BBC television saying, “We just have to make love to America again …”. This feeling reminded him that what happens in America can often have an effect around the world. That same night, a tune came to him… the lyrics suddenly emerged, as if coming from outside him and a new American anthem was created.

The Woolfman has collaborated with singers Maxine Sparkles and Francesca Confortini, both delivering remarkable performances tinged with a gospel flair that enhances the song’s anthemic feel. He teamed up with British filmmaker Tone Davies to make a music video to be released during the 2021 lockdown. Shot in the UK on cellphones, the global pandemic helped shape this video. It has continued to catch the eyes and ears of music lovers around the world. At this time in history, the song and message incorporated into ‘Make America Love Again’ is more poignant than ever.

“Obama once said, ‘Do we care to match America’s reality with its ideals? I am not yet ready to give up the possibility of America. That’s the message of ‘Make America Love Again’ – the possibility that America will be a beacon of democracy, hope and justice, leading the way in an increasingly turbulent and unpredictable world. – David Woolfson

“Make America Love Again” is available now in all digital stores. The video, which has now won 12 awards from film festivals around the world including “Best Film for Social Change”, “Best Music Video”, “Best Song” and “Best Original Short” is available on YouTube.

Woolfman has worked with people like Gang of Four before – he was the original bassist in a back room in Leeds. He once turned down the opportunity to join The Cure and was also part of the successful wonder, Blue Zoo. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has worked in the music industry for most of his professional life. Woolfman prefers to focus on the present – his songs come to him in dreams… he scribbles them in the middle of the night. He thanks John Lennon, Beethoven and Miles Davis.

Maxine Sparkles was born in London, but spent her formative years in Kingston, Jamaica, then New York before returning to London. At the age of five, something in her soul awoke when she was mesmerized by Michael Jackson singing on the radio. At that time, the desire to be a singer was conceived. In 2014, Sparkles ventured onto the stage of London’s famous Jazz Café as a singer in Soul Brew’s Live Band karaoke and her joy of singing live emerged.

Sparkles is now performing in London, as a solo singer and with her two bands, IndigoBlue and Elegua. She is currently working on the recording of her first EP and on various collaborative projects.

Francesca Confortini has been a professional singer for over ten years with extensive experience in choirs, session singing and musical theater throughout Europe. She has worked with many acclaimed studio musicians and producers such as Yusuf Islam, Leif Searcy (Phil Collins), Francesco Mendolia (Incognito), Luigi Casanova (Joanne Shaw Taylor), Andres Mesa (Roxy Music) and many more. His live experience includes performances at Wembley Stadium in London, Roundhouse, Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express, Bar Américain in Monaco and Blue Note in Milan.

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