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Published on February 9th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor


Activist Film Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kathy Bates Unveils Trump-Era Protest Anthem

MOOSE, a new film celebrated by Ava DuVernay as “film activism,” features a Trump-era protest anthem that confronts and comments on the violence, bullying and wall-building that severs Americans from their humanity. The award-winning project was unveiled this week at the Oscar-qualifying Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA.Inspired by Childish Gambino’s This is America and Neil Young’s Ohio, MOOSE’s activist message assails what is and imagines what might be if we are to rise above the violence and hatred that divides us. MOOSE encourages the voiceless to embrace the power of their voice.

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MOOSE is produced by Grammy-winning DJ Khaled/Kendrick Lamar collaborator Sam Barsh, lyrics by Mic Holden and Jonah Ansell, with vocals by Holden and Maiya Sykes, mixed by Grammy-nominated Damien Page Lewis. MOOSE is a story about changing archaic practices that inflict divisiveness and fear. MOOSE rejects the violence of “Be the man!” and encourages our kids to “Be the moose.” The film’s tagline asks viewers a simple question: Can you see an ‘other’ as your brother?

On the song itself, Barsh constructs a complex soundscape that invites Holden’s high-octane delivery to shine, creating room for Sykes’s buoyant confidence to burst through.

MOOSE is written and directed by Jonah Ansell and produced by Erin Breen. It stars Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates. For more information, visit: or

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