In 2021 we had a chance to be a part of Columbia, South Carolina history. The city’s first Black female City Councilwoman was running to be the first female Mayor of Columbia.
Knowing that Councilwoman Devine had served the city for over 20 years, we wanted to use this opportunity to reintroduce her to Columbia.
There were so many intricate, and intimate, parts of Tameika’s world that we knew the world had not seen. We wanted people to see Tameika at home with her children and husband, watching the balancing act of mom and family that many working women in Columbia know. We spoke to her family, friends, co-workers, colleagues and partners at their places of businesses or distinct locations in Columbia to talk about her friendship and vision. We spoke with several young female politicians and community advocates/organizers who have worked with Tameika and spoke about what her win would mean for them. This footage was interspersed with real world footage of Tameika at home, at work, in the car and on the go, meeting constituents, on the phone at her office, in meetings – as well as archive footage and photography of Tameika’s world.
We wanted the general public to get to know the person Tameika Isaac-Deive was, and to see the women in their life in hers.
Although Tameika did not win – losing by only a few votes in a runoff election – we were extremely proud to have been a part of history. We have to thank the incredible team at The Pierson Collective for working with us to create, what we think, is a great short doc film.
Take a look at the announcement video we produced below.
Director: Sherard Duvall / Chad Rochester
Associate Producer: Roshanda Pratt
Writers: Sherard Duvall, Christina Cue, Roshanda Pratt, Tameika Isaac-Devine
Sound Mixer: Eric McCoy
Original Soundtrack: Eric McCoy
Editor/Colorist: Chad Rochester, Micah Hall
Producer: Sherard Duvall