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Indie-Rock Band Delta Spirit Debuts Music Video Featuring Actors with Down syndrome for New Single “What’s Done is Done” at SXSW 2022

Los Angeles, CA, March 30 – An authentic story with a universal theme can connect with anyone on a global scale. Any true creative strives to tell such a story in their career, and the band Delta Spirit successfully achieved this in their latest music video for their single “What’s Done is Done.” Directed by Michael Parks Randa and starring Zack Gottsagen (The Peanut Butter Falcon) and Jamie Brewer (American Horror Story), the music video recently premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival and was released online on March 21st for World Down Syndrome Day. This is the first music video starring two individuals with Down syndrome.

The music video chronicles a love story of two individuals with Down syndrome. What makes the video high impact is its subtext: love is universal. Rarely is romance accurately explored within the disability community, especially in commercial filmmaking. This music video shows that people with Down syndrome explore romance and have romantic issues the same as everyone else. The stigma that romance does not apply for people with disabilities is so wrong. Not only is Zack and Jamie’s chemistry onscreen enigmatic but it had me as an audience viewer envious that love so beautiful exists.

Even though this music video is an indie project, it’s on par with the most polished music videos coming out today. The creative team behind the project helmed by Director Michael Parks Randa had a few unanimous words to say about each other: family, trust, authentic storytelling. Gottsagen also added, “I always follow direction from Michael, and he pushes me as a director.” Parks Randa responded by saying that “Zack and Jamie were the dream team from the beginning, and the music video speaks for itself.” I have to agree that it does.

Producer Amanda Booth wants to continue exploring the idea that people with intellectual disabilities can have romantic relationships, and as a parent to a child with Down syndrome, the message is deeply personal to her life. “The hope is to reach people who never had a disability in their life [so they] see this music video and all they see is two people who are in love. It’s a love story.”

In addition to the new song, Delta Spirit announced their sixth studio album, One is One. The album is slated for a May 20th release via New West Records and can be pre-ordered here: http://newwst.com/oneisone.

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Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid is a DGA Award winning director and 2022 NAACP Image Awards nominee. His award-winning projects have screened at Slamdance, CAA Moebius, Paramount Pictures, HollyShorts, LA Shorts and over 50 other film festivals worldwide.

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