“Don’t Pull Away” from J.Views (a.k.a. Grammy nominee Jonathan Dagan) was originally released in 2015, but its got a new music video that’s giving the song new life.
In it, we see transgender model Indya Moore on the beach in a swimsuit, looking unsure of herself. But as the camera pulls back, we see a photographer (lesbian model Elliott Sailors) put her camera aside and embrace Moore for a heartfelt kiss.
“The story of the video is that of a loss, love and even lust, between a singer and her object of affection,” out director Glezerman told NPR. “First perceived as the viewer, but then revealed to be the woman filming her.”
Glezerman says the video’s casting call included Sailor’s image as a reference, so she was ecstatic when the androgynous star agreed to do the part herself. “I admire her work and her activism and was sure they would make a heartbreaking couple to watch dissolve.”
And while the current political climate wasn’t on Glezerman’s mind when she shot “Don’t Pull Away,” she says it gives the video a deeper resonance.
“We had set out to make a bittersweet video about the commonest of denominators—heartbreak—with this particular one happening to be gay and interracial. No special reason required. Or at least, no more than would’ve been required had they been a straight white couple.”
“However,” she continued, “that is not what America feels like right now, and I feel even more motivated to proudly celebrate women, women of color and LGBTQ people, through visibility, artistic collaborations and continuing to try and reflect the world as it is—full of all kinds of different people with all kinds of stories. Stories that just got a lot more urgent to listen to.”