“I Remember Nicole,” a music video produced by two West Hollywood residents to raise awareness about domestic violence, will be screened at the City Council Chambers at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1.
The video, produced by Renee Sotile and Mj Godges, commemorates Nicole Brown Simpson. She and Ron Goldman were found murdered on June 13, 1994. On Oct. 3, 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder charges in a trial that got worldwide attention. The Brown-Simpson marriage was alleged to have been rife with domestic violence. October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Tanya Brown – Nicole’s sister – will join the filmmakers in accepting a proclamation presented by the West Hollywood City Council immediately following the screening of the four-minute music video.
The video is a project of passion for its creators. Working as a news photographer, Renee Sotile, covered OJ Simpson’s trial for the death of Nicole Brown Simpson for more than 100 days.
“Sotile never forgot the impact Nicole Brown Simpson’s death made on her,” says an announcement of the event. “Imprinted in her mind are the shocked and heartbreaking expressions on the faces of Nicole’s family. She and Mary Jo Godges want the world to remember Nicole and all women who suffered and continue to suffer from domestic abuse.”
“Music has an influence and reach that leaves lasting impressions. This galvanizing song inspired by Nicole Brown Simpson, ‘Nicole,’ a metaphor for a highly publicized domestic violence victim, raises awareness without shame. #NoMoreNicoles.”
“American Idol”’s Hollie Cavanagh and Melodye Perry (daughter of Edna Wright and niece of Darlene Love, legends for music aficionados) perform songs in the video, which intends to “raise awareness while raising the roof.”