Experiencing Interruptions?


Award-winning Portland opera singer Onry summons the spirit of Emmett Till and explores the time slippage of Black trauma.

  • Martin Melnick
  • Joni Whitworth
  • Emmanuel "Onry" Henreid
    Key Cast
  • Jonathon Mooney
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 21, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Martin Melnick

Martin Melnick is a director based in Portland, Oregon. See more of Melnick’s work at www.MartinMelnick.com

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Director Statement

On making “1995”, Melnick says, “I approach every project I direct with a shared lens. I bring my personal pain to every story I tell and find my voice through sharing with others. Film is connection. When Onry brought me this beautiful song, I knew immediately that I wanted to direct a video that would capture the power of his resiliency. Through collaboration and shared vulnerability, we developed an intimate journey that transcends time and identity, a call to his ancestors. It’s about needing to be heard, feeling relentlessly attacked, but most importantly it's about building up and fighting back, with the help of the spirits who already have.”