You Knew Me

The captivating musical short film You Knew Me is a celebration of the way caring for one another can radically transform us. The film is directed and gorgeously animated by award-winning visual artist and filmmaker Rodgers Dameron and produced by musical artist Leah Shaw, who wrote, performed and orchestrated the music. The lushly orchestrated song, inspired by Shaw’s experience as a young caregiver for her incredible mom, is the penultimate track on artist & composer Leah Shaw's musical album Play Beautifully, dedicated to her mother's memory.

  • Rodgers Dameron
    The Discovery (2010 Annecy Official Film Selection)
  • Leah Shaw
  • Rodgers Dameron
  • Leah Shaw
  • Leah Shaw
    Key Cast
  • Alyssa L. Jackson
    Supporting Cast
  • Hannah Selin
    Supporting Cast
  • Alan Maynard
    Color Correction
  • Jen Elias
    Production Assistant
  • Serge Cashman
    Production Assistant
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
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  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Rodgers Dameron

Rodgers Dameron is an independent visual artist, award-winning animator and electronic music producer. Dameron completed the BFA in painting at Pratt Institute in 2005 and the MFA at Savannah College of Art & Design in 2009. That year, his animated thesis short film The Discovery premiered at the Annecy Film Festival.

Dameron worked a decade as an animator and motion designer for Emmy award-winning TV series and acclaimed ad campaigns. He also produced several music videos, including the film You Knew Me. Dameron's audio and visual artistic works incorporate his background in classical drawing and painting with elements of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and retro 70's and 80's film aesthetics.

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Director Statement

As an artist, my approach is to have several projects from different disciplines going at any given moment, an approach I picked up studying oil painting at art school. After a long session, the oil painting needed to set for several days before the next coat could be applied, so I would use that time to progress on one of the other projects in progressive to stay creative and energized. It is a practice I've continued to expand, and alternating between visual art forms and music creates a balance that I appreciate. They often inform each other, and I find renewed energy for the next artistic project.