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Leo Twiggs

Requiem for Mother Emanuel

Artist Leo Twiggs was so affected by the massacre at Emanual AME church
that he created nine paintings. This is his story. 

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In the aftermath of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, batik artist, Leo Twiggs created a painting to honor the victims. The response was surprising. When he created two more paintings they went viral. So he decided to create a series of nine paintings entitled Requiem for Mother Emanuel.

The City of Charleston's City Gallery dedicated the entire first floor of the gallery for those nine paintings, a sparse reflection of the tragedy.

SailWind Pictures produced this short 7-minute artist commentary tribute film that accompanys the paintings in exhibition. In the film, the artist reveals his personal journey with Mother Emanuel from tears to forgiveness to redemption.

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Tribute Film Festival

Winner - BEST OF SHOW - Best non-fiction film by or for a museum

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International Christian Film Festival

Nominated
Most Inspiring Documentary

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Charleston International Film Festival

Official Selection

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Capital City Black Film Festival

2nd Place
Documentary Short

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Baltimore International Black Film Festival

Official Selection

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Denton Black Film Festival

Special Invitation Screening

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