Indie rock band Delta Spirit have released a new single and music video, “What’s Done is Done,” in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day (March 21). Directed by Michael Parks Randa (Best Summer Ever) and produced in partnership with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the video stars Zack Gottsagen (The Peanut Butter Falcon) and Jamie Brewer (American Horror Story). “What’s Done is Done” made its world premiere last week during the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, marking the first time a video starring actors with Down Syndrome was screened at the fest.
“I felt like this could be a really important moment with Hollywood really started to take note on the importance of inclusivity and reckoning with their lack of inclusivity in the past,” Randa told 360°Sound. “We thought people aren’t really talking about this in the music industry. Let’s get ahead of the curve and just make a project and make a statement. I was privileged to work with two brilliant actors who brought such charisma and really shone a light on what love could look like in the respect that most people don’t ever see.”
Despite the Delta Spirit song being a breakup anthem, Randa felt like the energy and tone worked well with the video’s love story narrative.
“I think it kind of strangely works together,” he said. “There’s ways in which you can kind of interpret ‘What’s Done is Done’ to all stages of the relationship.”
Gottsagen said he had a great time being a part of the music video and working with Brewer, who plays his love interest.
“It was exciting,” he said. “To be in love together and show our passions for the whole entire world out there. I really hope they will see it.”
He added that he put his full energy into the role, and he wants to stay busy acting.
“Inclusion means all of the people be involved and understand and know what’s better,” Gottsagen said. “We’ll keep on rolling and keep on doing stuff.”
Randa, who first worked with Gottsagen for the 2020 musical film Best Summer Ever, thinks the video could serve as a blueprint for artists and labels. He hopes it will inspire the film and video industry to continue to make opportunities available for people with disabilities – both in front of and behind the camera.
Watch the “What’s Done Is Done” video below and let us know what you think!