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2022 Prism Prize Eligible Video: Breagh Isabel - Girlfriends

The 2022 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was recently awarded to Mustafa, for his clip for his own track, Ali. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the 2022 prize, including this one from a Halifax-based singer/songwriter.

Breagh Isabel - Girlfriends 

Breagh Isabel is a Halifax-based and Cape Breton Island-born singer-songwriter and producer. Isabel has written and been featured on the records of various artists such as Classified, Ria Mae, Donovan Woods, and BANNERS. Her songs have also been featured on the famed medical drama Grey’s Anatomy and the superhero series Batwoman. Her debut single Girlfriends was released in 2021 and is a catchy yet calming song with airy vocals and springy electric guitar sounds. 

The video for Girlfriends' is a true coming-of-age story about figuring out one’s sexuality and the heartbreak that can come from it all. Throughout the video we see two high school students (played by Carolyn Yu and Cassidy Foley) exploring their burgeoning feelings for each other which echoes the lyrics of Isabel’s song.

The video is full of sweet moments between the two girls, from dancing together outside, being silly at the library, to playing games at the arcade. The video builds up to a school dance where the girls share a kiss, which is quickly stopped as one of the girls seems to be struggling to accept her romantic feelings for her friend. At this point, we can vividly see the heartbreak of the line “I wanted to be girlfriends, But we were just girl friends” in both of the girls' expressions. It is truly a beautiful and emotional video, one that you should absolutely watch. 

This video was partly funded by the MVP Project, produced by Shelby Manton and directed by Tamara Black.

Video Credits: 

A Boldly Production

Starring: Cassidy Foley & Carolyn Yu

Artist: Breagh Isabel

Director: Tamara Black

Production Company: Boldly

Executive Producers: Shelby Manton, Sebastien Galina, Kristoff Duxbury, Geoff Manton

Producers: Shelby Manton & Angelica Stirpe

Director of Photography: Jaryl Lim

1st AC: Soloman Chiniquay

Gaffer: Adrianna Hankins

Key Grip: Martin Calvo

Production Designer: Kathleen Cooper

HMU Artist: Miel Enage

HMUA Assistant: Iza Alegro

Wardrobe Stylist: Miren Valdes

1st AD: Chris Dzaka

Production PA: Max Chadburn

Location PA: Tessa Black

Background: Ksenia Stepkina, Lianne Rymer, Sydney Kwan, Alyssa Johal, Jerome Yoo

Editor: Miguel Barbosa

Colourist: Sam Gilling

Performance Footage of Breagh Isabel:

2nd Unit Cinematography: Jack Leahy 

2nd Unit Gaffer: Paul McCurdy 

Band members: Clare Macdonald and Chris Wong 

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