Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel

an artist commentary short film

Artist Leo Twiggs was so affected by the massacre at Emanuel AME church that he created nine paintings.
This is  his story.

In the aftermath of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, batik artist,
Leo Twiggs created a painting to honor the victims. The response was surprising. When he created two more paintings they went viral. So he decided to create a series of nine paintings entitled Requiem for Mother Emanuel.

The City of Charleston's City Gallery has dedicated the entire first floor of the gallery for those nine paintings from June 17 through July 31, 2016.

SailWind produced this short 7-minute artist commentary tribute film that is accompanying the paintings in exhibition. In the film, the artist reveals his personal journey with Mother Emanuel from tears to forgiveness to redemption.

Exhibition Schedule

Museums & Galleries

City Gallery - Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Waterfront Park
Charleston, SC

Opening June 17, 2016
through July 31, 2016

The Johnson Collection
Spartanburg, SC

Opening August 1, 2016
through October 31. 2016

The Mint Museum
Charlotte, NC

Opening November 23, 2017
through February 19, 2018

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Opening September 5, 2017
through January 7, 2018

Accolades & Film Festivals


Tribute Film Festival

Best of Show
Best Non-fiction Film by or for a museum

Capital City Black Film Festival

2nd Place - Documentary Short

International Christian Film Festival

Nominated - Most Inspiring Documentary

Baltimore International Black Film Festival

Official Selection

Charleston International Film Festival

Official Selection

Denton Black Film Festival

Special Invitational Screening