The 2021 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Theo Kapodistrias, for his clip for Haviah Mighty’s Thirteen. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that are eligible for the 2022 prize, including this one from an acclaimed Montreal singer/songwriter.
Elliot Maginot - Holy Father
Elliot Maginot is a self-taught Quebecois singer/songwriter who focuses on acoustic string and guitar melodies that blend seamlessly with his soft and sweet lyrical delivery. May 2021 saw Maginot release his latest album Easy Morning, which plays close to his acoustic roots and features Holy Father as one of the singles.
The video kicks off with a stunning visual of a horse rider on a plane of pure white snow which is shortly after revealed to be a dream. Awoken by his older brother, the video follows a young man throughout a day following his father figure, learning how to “be a man” in a stereotypical sense. This is the way his mentor figure sees masculinity, but on this, the brothers do not see eye to eye as the younger one is enchanted by a dancer and begins to take it up himself in secret.
The tension caused by this pulses throughout the video as we wait to see how the older brother will react once he inevitably finds out. Holy Father tells a story of brotherly love and influence and how part of that love is pushing back against the influence it carries.
Production Company: Consulat
Producer & Creative Director: Erika-Elyzabeth Korzer
Director & D.O.P.: Adrian Villagomez
Production coordinator: Lola-Lou Fergeau-Mariko
Gaffer: Nicola Tomassini
Key Grip: Bastien Meyer
Movement Director & Dancer: Fannie Côté
1st AC: Lawrence Labeau
Steadicam Operator: Kes Tagney
Gimbal Operator: Austin Grass
P.A.: Alec Lemonde
Decor technician: Mico Mazza
Editing: Adrian Villagomez
Color Grading: Charles-Étienne Pascal
Brothers: Fabrice & Zachary Fievre-Rene
Horseman: Stéphan Daoust
Quatuor Esca: Sarah Martineau, Edith Fitzgerald, Amélie Lamontagne & Camille Paquette-Roy
Special Thanks: Vallery Rousseau, Le Beam, Jean-Benoît Desbien, Jocelyn, Cineground