Jack Mantis – a South African musician has won “Best Music Video” at the Hollywood South Film Festival for his “film” shot in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Colesburg and Cape Town!
KwaZulu-Natal, South African (16 November 2020) – South African Musician, Jack Mantis, has been awarded Best Music Video at this year’s Hollywood South Film Festival for the video to his single Beth.
Shot in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Colesburg and Cape Town by German director Roman Muelleger, and created by Mantis and Muelleger, the film is an emotional homage to a loved one lost tragically.
Watch the video here:
The video will premiere on jackmantisband.com today, where fans can also download the single and album, An Unwritten Life.
While no stranger to film, Mantis says “Making this film was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. These were not memories I’d planned to revisit. Beth was one of the brightest lights I’ve ever encountered, the kindest kind, and for the longest time…my compass. The 16 years since her passing…wow, has it been 16 years…haven’t always been easy.”
Looking back, Mantis says “She had so much more she still wanted to do/feel/love/be…but living in this country…this wild, wild West country comes with the guarantee of unexpected tragedies. After that night. I fell down…I fell apart, and very slowly began rebuilding myself at a moment’s notice. I didn’t really have a choice…but knew she’d have had it no other way. So I guess this story in a South African tale, and sadly in no way unique. But I do believe that love does prevail, and we really can all achieve great things through forgiveness.”
The filming of Beth was not only emotionally fraught for Mantis, but it also ended in his horse falling and Mantis breaking three ribs and his shoulder.
“I guess I will carry the ripples of this story for life,” he says.