Zadie SmithPhotographed by Riccardo Cavallari
Photographed by Riccardo Cavallari
Movies at or Around 105Min or Less
Trying to focus on a few titles for the sake of writing. Came up with these:
Badlands – dir. Terence Malick – 95min
Black Swan – dir. Darren Aronovsky – 108min
Chronicle – dir. Josh Trank – 83min
Contagion – dir. Steven Soderbergh – 106min
Dirty Pretty Things – dir. Stephen Frears – 97min
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – dir. Michel Gondry – 108min
Five Easy Pieces – dir. Bob Rafelson – 98min
The Following – dir. Christopher Nolan – 70min (thanks, Ayana)
Groundhog Day – dir. Harold Ramis – 101min
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints – dir. Dito Montiel – 98min
Hard Eight – dir. P.T. Anderson – 102min
Hunger – dir. Steve McQueen – 96min
Juice – dir. Ernest Dickerson – 100min
Kids – dir. Larry Clark – 91min (thanks, Cybel – gotta see)
The Limey – dir. Steven Soderbergh – 91min
El Mariachi – dir. Robert Rodriguez – 81min (yet to see)
Middle of Nowhere – dir. Ava Duvernay – 100min
Newlyweeds – dir. Shaka King – 87min (coming soon)
Notes on a Scandal – dir. Richard Eyre – 98min
Office Space – dir. Mike Judge – 89min
Pariah – dir. Dee Rees – 86min
Repulsion – dir. Roman Polanski – 106min
Requiem for a Dream – dir. Darren Aronovsky – 102min
Reservoir Dogs – dir. Quentin Tarantino – 99min
The Sessions – dir. Ben Lewin – 98min
Sex, Lies and Videotape – dir. Steven Soderbergh – 100min
Shame – dir. Steve McQueen – 101min
She’s Gotta Have It – dir. Spike Lee – 88min
Side Effects – dir. Steven Soderbergh – 105min
Sin Nombre – dir. Cary Fukunaga – 96min
Trainspotting – dir. Danny Boyle – 95min (thanks, Morgan)
Una Noche – dir. Lucy Mulloy – 100min
Weekend – dir. Andrew Haigh – 97min
Winter’s Bone – dir. Debra Granik – 100min
Wolf – dir. Ya’Ke Smith – 86min
Anyone have any they can think of that can be added to this list?
Casting for a new, ongoing film project that will run for several months, starting in May 2013. The production is in NYC.
All roles are for African-Americans except for that of Young Man #2.
Young Man – Early 20′s, Athletic, Student
Young Woman – Early-Mid 20′s, NY-based, Student
Young Man #2 – Early 20′s, Latino, NY-based, Student
Woman – Mid-late 30′s, Professional, Brooklyn/Long Island/Queens type
Man – Mid-late 30′s, Professional
*Certain roles will require nudity*
Compensation is TBD. Please send resumes, headshots and reels to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just Out Here, Grindin’ and Eatin’ Biscuits
“It’s all about withstanding attrition.”
Let me first begin by saying, “I have a job, now.” “I HAVE A JOB, LIFE!”
HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Take that! ::kicks life in its smug face:: Smug fucker.
Sure, I have an avalanche of loans that threaten to overtake me at any moment and my credit is probably shot, but you know what? I’m still only 25. So there.
I’ve been working since December 10th and you know what? After damn near 4 years of scrounging through the streets of New York city trying to cobble together various sources of income, having to deal with the horrible bosses at the Apple Store and the various personal training gyms I’ve worked at, there is nothing better than relishing in the reassuring comfort that comes with knowing that all I come in at 9 and leave at 5, Monday-Friday, each and every week. Know what you can do with that kind of time? Why, one can plan things, and dream, and predict and schedule, why, one can really live! O, to live!
I got so damn excited about this new job I went and budgeted all of my income for an entire year. That’s a beautiful damn thing, and I am extremely grateful. I have a lot of projects planned, many which I intend to close out and several more than I plan to execute in various phases, over the course of this year. There’s also a bunch of very exciting things happening to folks in my camp, this year (http://www.cinemastereo.org/) as well to a lot our affiliated peoples.
Things I’ve Been Working On:
Mad (“several,” in NYC parlance) Feature Film Ideas. I’ve been working on one in particular as many as my comrades know, for like, 2 years, now. I don’t know how good of a writer I am (I mean, I think I’m generally pretty good) but I feel like I’m good enough to make something feature-length that most people would probably dig quite a bit.
A Webseries – My comrades-in-arms don’t want me talking about this, and we’re definitely going to have to keep it on the hush, but…it’s an idea we developed about 2 years ago that we’re all thinking about executing, and honestly, if we can pull it off in the right way, I definitely have high hopes. Planning to get started over the course of the next few weeks and I am MAD excited.
Still shipping my short “Frisk,” around to festivals around the country. Some people dig it, other people don’t, but I’m proud that I did it and tried something a bit more ambitious than anything I’d ever attempted before.
Where I’m At (Full of asides and what not, but you’ve already come this far):
Been trying to raise money for the feature for several months, now, but in this economic climate, it is TOUGH. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback and a lot of people really dig the concept, but trying to raise the kind of money that I need for this piece, (which, actually isn’t very much at all for an independent feature) has been a real challenge. I don’t want to shelve it and I’m waiting to hear back from some grant applications, but honestly, I might have to rotate this one out for a second and see if I can get some traction with another piece. But with that said, I am in the process of writing two other pieces (I’m honestly trying to write a new one every few months, as much as I can tolerate doing so and not lose my mind.) It’s funny, ’cause most of my friends and colleagues have this attitude where the mantra seems to be, “well, yes, you’ve written it, but is it good? Is it good?” And for me, I’ve got to say, nothing is EVER good when you first draft it. Even Hemingway was reputed to say, “the first draft of anything is shit.” But one can’t ever get to BE good unless they give themselves a shot at first being bad. Fortunately, when you haven’t shot anything yet, you have all the time in the world to revise, so if you have a good idea, why not get that BAD DRAFT out of the way, so that you can get cracking on how to make the others better? I’m seeing a lot of these films that are coming out in theaters these days, and I gotta say, I honestly think a lot of us (in fact a lot of people) could really have a shot in this current market. (Connections, money, drive, etc. are another story) but the bar is LOW. (Do I aspire to make anything of poor quality? No. But I do aspire to MAKE something.)
Speaking of which, Woody Allen, Spike, Soderbergh, Scorsese, Oliver Stone, etc. etc. etc. there all so many prolific filmmakers who have made like 20+ movies and either write the majority of their own stuff or exercise a STRONG hand in the formation of whatever material they plan to work with. Every once in a while, you’re going to have a dud. (Obviously you’d never intend to make a dud and would go into development with the desire to make each film as AWESOME as possible, but no one can deny the talents of those I’ve listed above, who have all, at one point or another, made at least one not-so-great movie.) But still, even in considering their worst, right, no one sensible would be inclined to begrudge these folks the occasionally capricious impulse to stretch their creative limbs in some experimental fashion or, after observing the worst of their oeuvres (one of those words I’ve read but never pronounced) declare that they lack talent, vision, or general awesomeness. So yeah. For the sake of being lofty, I think proliferation should be the goal, regardless. But that’s just me.
Anyway–I’m out ‘chere writing these scripts (looking to complete at least one-two/year, if possible) trying to see if I can squirm my way through the NYC scene and maybe sell a few (ha), direct one of my own (would be cool), maybe shoot some music videos, who knows. Anything that will give me more of an opportunity to direct, make some money and keep it moving. I’d really like to get this one feature (All The Wrong Places) off the ground in the next 12-18 months and I plan to keep hustling, but if it doesn’t happen, I’ll rotate something else into the queue.
But in the meantime, I’mma be going to the gym and eating quinoa (trying to get back here), pushing this short “Frisk,” and trying to keep these projects moving. Ain’t nothing to it but to do it. So fuck it.
Busted on Brigham Lane on HBO Starting This Week 2/1 WOOT!
Hello All, It has been a long time coming with this passion project of mine… my team has been fantastic in heralding the efforts to get it out there I am proud to announce that we have officially landed on Premium Cable! HBO here we come! We will be on HBO starting this WEEK! If [...]
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Busted on Brigham Lane @ Pan African Film Festival
Busted on Brigham Lane will have the opportunity to finally travel to Los Angeles! The film will be featured at the Pan African Film Festival in February alongside these other fabulous films and is NOMINATED for a JURY AWARD! Shorts Series 1 [The Bluest Note / Our Rhineland / Busted on Brigham Lane / Bored of [...]
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Famous Farrah is LIVE NOW! CATCH EPISODE 1: PART 1
FAMOUS FARRAH IS NOW LIVE: HERE! We’ll be releasing new episodes of Famous Farrah monthly and Pilot Part 1 is now live – so go check it out now! Surely, if USA TODAY thinks its TOP PICK worthy, you’ll enjoy it! In Pilot Part 1, Farrah’s impending quarter-life crisis begins — its her 26th birthday [...]
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Donald Conley • Lincoln & the New American Audience
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Please, Stop Complaining About Black Movies and Hollywood and Actually Support, Mobilize or Make Some Shit (If You’re Not Doing So, Already) A Very Open Letter
A rant meant to respond to certain trends that I’ve seen in social media, recently, particularly with respect to online discussions of African-Americans involved in the film industry, Black movies, movies about Black people, movies about Black people that people think should feature or be directed by other people, or whatever.
To be specific, I’m discussing the vitriol surrounding the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone and the alleged replacement of Tate Taylor “over” Spike Lee for the upcoming James Brown biopic to be produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger.
There are a number of people who (for various reasons) are discussing these talent attachments (or detachments) throughout social media as though they are further emblematic of Black people/Black images/Black voices being slighted/downplayed/diminished in the America entertainment industry.
Not only have there been a slew of complaints but there has also been an UPROAR:
- People that (purportedly) feel like Zoe Saldana is not dark-skinned enough or “authentically Black enough” to play Nina Simone.
- People that (purportedly) feel that Spike Lee “deserves” to direct the James Brown biopic because of the fact that he was reportedly attached to helm the project with Brian Grazer, first.
Whether or not such opinions/discussions are valid, the question that always lingers in my mind whenever such spirited conversations take place, (particularly for the bevy of Black bloggers that love to engage in them) is, well, to what extent are you, yourself, supporting and providing forums to UPLIFT Black filmmakers, actors and other talent, that actually have work out, and actually have work coming out?
Whenever one of these stories breaks (e.g. Zoe Saldana, Spike Getting Passed Over, etc., George Lucas being lame for allegedly watering down “Red Tails,” BET just sucking in general), it always seems as though all this fuss is directed at Hollywood, but I can’t help but wonder why it seems that we comparably have so little grassroots/social media energy being directed toward actually UPLIFTING shit that is ACTUALLY IN the movie theaters, at present (or is actually coming out) particularly from bloggers that are such purported champions of Black culture.
A Critical Aside: I'm not at all suggesting that Hollywood shouldn't be taken to task as a result of its ongoing (and arguably increasing) lack of diversity with regard to who is being hired, who is working in the industry and who is getting to helm/star in certain kinds of stories, but for how long have we known that this is the case?
How long have we known, collectively, that Hollywood is largely disinterested in developing movies that are about, featuring or portraying certain people of color? And I'm not just talking about Black people, but anyone that is non-White. Like, how long have we known this? Again, I'm not suggesting that we should not complain, or that criticism of the industry is wrong, but if you look at the film industry as a business and as a market, I think it's fair to say that, particularly within the past several years (5-12 years), the American film industry has largely grown tired of:
- movies featuring casts that are largely Non-White
- films that aren't directed toward young males, aged 18-24
- non-franchises, or anything that's not a horror-suspense-thriller
- films that are made for adults.
Knowing this, I wonder if we, the complaining people (and particularly, the outspoken Black Bloggers, with 5-10K+ Twitter Followers and huge social media followings) could take some different routes in the spirit of effecting change:
(Side Note: These suggestions are offered with the presumption that many of the more interesting Black movies of today are being developed within the American independent film community.)
My Suggestions for Being Proactive and Effecting Change:
a) Make a movie of your own. Do it. If Tyler Perry does it, you can do that shit, too.
b) When an Independent Black movie does come out (however you want to define “Black movie”) maybe you’ll want to provide an “open letter” on your Blog to actually highlight the release of that film.
Maybe you could even do a write-up on the talent (director, producer, actors) attached, how the film got made, or other pertinent and interesting details related to the background of the production.
b) Maybe you, yourself, will reach into your vast network of viewers/listeners/supporters and make a concerted effort to develop an institution/group that is interested in cultivating new, Black films, particularly of the ilk that you would like to see.
There is a shit ton of money in the African-American community and there are a hell of a lot people that actually want to see authentic stories about Black people and other people of color. Maybe you could ask yourself, “gee, might there be any way that I can dip into my tremendous network of online followers and see if I can suss out some people with disposable income that might be interested in getting involved in crowdfunding efforts for independent films, making investments or doing other things to get some of the stories that I want to see made?”
c. If your social media brand has some kind of event component, maybe you could even organize an event in which you highlight a film (or films) that people might not have otherwise heard of.
One of the biggest obstacles to getting Independently-Produced African-American films out to prospective audiences, in this day and age, is the fact that, when these films are released to theaters, often times they are done in the form of a limited theatrical release (500 theaters or less at a time) in cities around the country where only a small, heavily-aware, urban audience (e.g. L.A., NYC, ATL, PHIL, etc) can go and see them. At the same time, there are a hell of lot of Black folks across the country that might actually be interested in seeing these very same movies, but might be unaware that they exist or who might live miles away from the theaters that actually play them.
Are there ways in which your social media brand might be able to be used to continue to cultivate buzz for such films throughout various stages of their release (theatrical, video-on-demand, DVD/Netflix/iTunes, Hulu, etc)?
Furthermore, are there ways in which you, yourself ,might actually be able to organize events in which people could have access to seeing these movies, across the country?
d) Right now, there are a number of independent “Black movies” (featuring, directed/written by, funded by and or dealing with issues relating to Black people) that are in various stages of release that you might actually want to highlight. (If I’ve left your film off the list, my apologies. These have just been on my mind, recently, but you can often find many more on Shadow and Act).
Beasts of a Southern Wild – dir. Benh Zeitlin (in theaters, right fucking now)
The Girl is In Trouble – dir. Julius Onah (playing various festivals, not yet released)
The House I Live In – dir. Eugene Jarecki (in theaters, right fucking now)
The Interrupters – dir. Steve James (currently playing, online)
The Last Fall – dir. Matthew Cherry (currently playing in L.A.)
Luv – dir. Sheldon Candis (coming soon)
Middle of Nowhere – dir. Ava Duvernay (in theaters, right fucking now, across America)
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty – dir. Terence Nance (playing various festivals)
Pariah – dir. Dee Rees (on DVD/Netflix, etc. right fucking now)
Red Hook Summer – dir. Spike Lee (likely coming to DVD/Netflix, etc., soon)
Slavery by Another Name – dir. Sam Pollard (currently playing, online)
Soul Food Junkies – dir. Byron Hurt (coming soon to PBS, probably going to air online, simultaneously)
Wolf – dir. Ya’Ke Smith (limited screenings, nationwide, right fucking now)
Yelling to the Sky dir. Victoria Mahoney (coming soon)
In summation, I’m not saying that we should NEVER complain about the industry, but got damn, when we have known for the longest time about the state of Hollywood, why are we not doing more to take some of the energy that we use to complain about the status quo and direct/invest it in alternative solutions that might actually be more productive?
Just be the change you wanna see. On some lofty shit.
“This industry is not made for us” – (paraphrased from Idris Elba)
“Original and so much more, Terence Nance’s relentlessly naval-gazing feature debut abandons narrative for a restless, shape-shifting experiment in self-documentation…Live action gives way to dreamy animation, the personal gives way to the universal, and you will not see anything remotely like this at the PFF or elsewhere.”
To read full article, click here.
Philadelphia Film Festival Screening Times
Thursday, 10/25 at 9:45PM
Sunday, 10/28 at 7:30PM
Ritz East, Theater B
Buy tickets here
Are you into independent films? Do you like a good romance? Sure you do! An Oversimplification of Her Beauty will be hitting the big screen at the New Orleans Film Festival October 12th. 1,250 submissions from around the world were received and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty made the cut, joining the lineup of 203 other awesome independent films. If you live in the area (or even if you don’t and are just visiting), please show some love to Terence Nance and support this film.
What She Said…
Words of Wisdom from my beautiful Iya…
On September 21, 2012 (World Peace Day), 21of today’s most innovative contemporary artists from around the globe illustrated their interpretations of peace on film via Films4peace, an annual short film commission by PUMA.Peace and curated by Mark Coetzee. Terence Nance teamed with Hank Willis Thomas to create an amazing piece for the initiative, which you can view on Indiewire and get the scoop on the other featured artists as well. Even though World Peace Day has come and gone, it’s better late than never to share such a positive message that may just inspire one individual. So check out the video and share it across all of your social networks to keep the momentum going…Peace!
“Frisk” – (World Premiere) at Urbanworld in NYC
FINALLY… HELP ME MAKE MY THESIS: SWEET HONEY CHILE’
It has been a long time coming… but it is finally time for me to shoot my thesis… I feel like one of the lost boys in Peter Pan… screaming I don’t want to grow up… but all things must change, including my status as a student and this is one step closer toward achieving [...]
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Introducing: Famous Farrah
I’ve had my hand in many pots over the course of the past two years… and I am finally finished cooking the teaser of one of the brews; Famous Farrah! This is a new comedy web series about an infectious disease researcher who haphazardly becomes a rapper. #YOLO Sometimes the only key to happiness is [...]
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BBL @ MVAAFF 2012
GREETINGS ALL, It is with great pleasure to announce that Busted on Brigham Lane will play at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival this Friday August 10, at 5pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center along with a few other films, see the line up below. I haven’t done any research on the [...]
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For those of you that are in the Greensboro area your chance to see the film “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” is upon you. The film will show on Thursday, July 19, at 7pm at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on the campus of The University of North Carolina Greensboro. For more details on the screening you can visit The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s website.
Terence Etc’s ( the band of director Terence Nance) rocked the crowd at the Soul of Brooklyn (SoBK) on June 23, 2012. Along with rocking the crowd with their “sultry and classic songs” the lead singer of the band Terence Nance screened is film “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.” For more information about the SoBK week check out the website.
Diary Entries. …
Diary Entries. Why Not. Everyone’s all about maintaining some sort of social media presence, these days.
“Fuck it. Got a budget for the lawyer, do’.” (I wish).
Anyway, today is July 17th, 2012. I’m working as a Driving PA on ________, a reality/man-on-the-street show and I love it. ”What does that entail, you ask?” Well, I sit in a van and I drive on-camera talent from a production office in Midtown to a location, several blocks away. Then, I sit in said van, leave my walkie-talkie on and am left to my own devices. I’m scheduled to work through October, and it’s been such a blessing. This year has been a STRUGGLE.
I have a week off this week and I intend to accomplish quite a lot of shit.
I have several freelance gigs that I’ve stacked up all at once. Why? Because I need cot damn money.
Things I Currently Do For Money:
1. Lead a Fitness Bootcamp in Brooklyn – Mornings – 6:30-7:30AM – M-F – holler at me, if you want to get in shape, you know the summer ain’t over!
2. Write for __________ – Fitness Articles – Freelance
3. __________ – Driving PA – 12 Days/Month
4. __________ – Producing News Stories – Freelance
5. …might pick up some personal training clients, along the way, we’ll see. (Something else I do).
Still debating becoming a stripper. Didn’t see “Magic Mike,” but the trailer looks inspiring.
Anyway, I still have a bunch of things on my plate and it’s probably more useful to go ahead and do them than to proceed to continue to write this entry. I’ve attempted this at several points in the past, but it just really tends to fall flat given that I a) either don’t want to divulge too much about my private life or b) am too lazy, busy, something else that can be rationalized by excuses.
But we shall see.
I just got into __________ Film Festival with my newest, latest short, “Frisk,” which I’m eagerly looking to finish post on and finish once and for all.
I’m very pleased with it (at even having attempted this 12-minute behemoth), but who knows what people will think. I might get a lot of “what the fucks,” at the end of this premiere screening, but…we shall see. (Apologies to any crew/donors who have come across this post, I plan on shooting out an e-mail just as soon as this press release is out).
This film, however, “Frisk,” was, by far, was the hardest production of my short, young life. But boy oh boy, am I glad I did it. 3 Nights of Exterior Shooting, Rain, An Asshole Cop, my own, boundless anxiety…whew.
Anyway, I’m finishing post on that. Myself. So there.
Also in the middle of trying to finish a polish on this feature, _________, which I hope to have finished by the end of this month (no later than the end of August, for the love of all my Catholic school education) and writing another feature, “_____________,” which I hope to have finished before the end of October.
I’ll send both of these to the Sundance Writers’ Labs Tribeca All-Access, Nicholls, Cinefondation (why the hell not) just to see if I can get some support. We’ll see if it happens. I definitely could use the industry connections, the money, and those names on my resume.
I got goals, man. I’m turning 25 in less than 2 months, off my mom’s insurance in 14 (WHOO!!!!! OBAMA!!!!), and I’m starting to feel the unyielding pressure of my mid-20s bearing down on me. To be honest, I’ve felt it ever since having graduated college in 2009, but now, getting closer to 30 than I’ve been to 20, let’s just say that shit is getting real.
Anyway, I’ve got goals, man.
1 Feature Film Before ….
3 Feature Films within (I won’t say)…
Maybe a TV Show? (I’ve had a few ideas, but who has the time to develop?)
Maybe a Webseries (at least one) that we have written. (This idea for a Webseries is AWESOME, by the way. I don’t like to hype things, too often, especially not stuff that I’ve done personally, as I’m still learning, after all, but whoo-whee! Developed it with some buddies of mine from CINEMA STEREO, my NYC-based cinema-creator collective because collectives are awesome]. And the joint has POTENTIAL). Like, if we got the gumption to pitch to a few more places, we’re all pretty confident that this idea would be the SHIT. We actually pitched this thing two years ago to a certain group of people that were endowed with a certain amount of money to develop a certain kind of product for a certain demographic of people, but you know, they didn’t pick us. And that’s cool, ’cause the thing they picked instead, well, no one’s really watching that. We’re not bitter, though. :-D.)
Maybe in the next few years, but Issa Rae’s success aside, I think that many of us are still skeptical about the potential (money, press, etc) involved in the production of webseries. They’re kind of like doing a series of very small shorts, all wrapped up in one and it’s just like…I don’t know if any of us actually desire to make short-format stuff, anymore. It’s not that we think we’re better than webseries, but hell. Look at how many webseries there are. Someone tell me how to map out a viable business plan for one of these joints. I mean, I know Feature Films aren’t exactly super-viable, these days, but explicamelo.
Still, who knows. Spaghetti approach.
What else? In a nutshell, I’m 24, and I want to get the house/wife/kid thing poppin’ in a reasonable amount of time. I’m trying to get these debts paid the fuck off, and I want Sallie Mae to get the hell up out of my business. And off of my phone. I’m tired of that bitch calling me. So yeah. Follow along.
Shit I’ve Watched/Read This Week:
Last Wednesday – Beasts of a Southern Wild (GREAT)
Friday – Amores Perros (one of the best films of all bloody time)
Sunday – Breaking Bad (uh, hell yeah)
Tuesday – The Dark Knight (I mean…I really really wanted to think that this movie wasn’t going to be better than the previous installment, “Begins,” but damn if it isn’t good).
Still fighting my way through Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon,” Mad Men Season 3 and…a bunch of scripts. Can never read enough scripts.
The University of Iowa’s screening of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty on Saturday, July 7 was a success as expected. Terence Nance and James Bartlett went back to their roots as alumni to the University and its Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) and McNair Scholars Program to present the film, share in a public discussion, and take a stroll down memory lane with Horace Porter, F. Wendell Miller Professor of English and American Studies and Departmental Executive Officer of African American Studies, Diana Bryant, Director of SROP and McNair Scholars Program, and Richard Brent Turner, Professor of African American Religious History.
“An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” will be shown at the University of Iowa’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) and McNair Scholars Program. It will be a free screening on this Saturday, July 7 at 4:30pm. Director Terence Nance and Producer James Bartlett are both alumni of the SROP program. For more information on this screening check out the University of Iowa’s site.
Missed your chance at a sneak peak of “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”, the debut feature of the Brooklyn-based up and comer Terence Nance? Well, not to worry…Thursday, August 9th, 2012 at 7pm, The Brooklyn Museum is hosting a film screening of the innovative, live action/animation mixed take on his somewhat complicated love story. For more information about the event and everything Brooklyn Museum, check out the site (simply because it’s a dope venue…especially on Target First Saturday) and we’ll see you there!
Recently Shawn Peters – who has collaborated with Terence Nance on different works such as Blitz The Ambassador’s “Something To Believe” video, “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” and more recently “Triptych for Afropunk Films” — talked with Life and Times (Jay-Z’s website) on his career and some of his upcoming work. Check out the Life and Times interview here.
“Popping off the screen with explosive style and energy, director and star Terence Nance adapts and expands his previous short film like a musician remixing and improving a classic song.”
See the LA Film Fest’s write up on “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” and other great films worth checking out here.
A Dandy Is… Is a freewheeling educational film about the nature of dandy identity in the African diaspora. Created entirely inside one 8mm film camera the film playfully examines the construction of a singular African dandy identity. The piece is now hung at the Aljira Contemporary Art Center as a part of the traveling exhibition Dandy Lion: redefining Black masculinity curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis.
On Motivation…. “The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple, right? You’re not going to out-work me. It’s such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball. The majority of people who aren’t getting the places they want or aren’t achieving the things that they want in this business is strictly based on hustle. It’s strictly based on being out-worked; it’s strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.” ― Will Smith
On Motivation…. “The…
A friend brought this to my attention, earlier this week.
Happy New Year. And what a great New Year’s Eve it was.
I’m so glad to find that we’ve not yet been smitten by some transcendentally terrible, apocalyptic event and, as such, have the tremendous opportunity to continue living our lives.
It’s around this time of year that people tend to make all sorts of “resolutions,” harping on the mistakes and mishaps of the year before and making grandiose statements about things they’ll promise for the year to come. I, however, like to think that I’m much more fallible and will not even begin to suggest to being able to stick to doing anything of the sort.
Nevertheless, there are certain things that I’d like to get done, this year and though I don’t want to go into all the specifics for fear of “jinxing” myself, I’m just going to delve into a few of the factors that have driven me to believe that I need to make some shit happen.
The Principal Reasons:
a) Having gotten into Sundance last year – essentially lit a fire under my ass
b) Just having read another article about Edward Burns shooting his most recent feature film, “Newlyweds,” for $9K.
c) I’ve just turned 24, and let’s just say I’m starting to get that serious, “quarter-life crisis” itch. (“I need money, power, a career–now”)
d) I hate New York City and absolutely cannot wait until I can rationalize making a decision to leave. My ideal justification–that I have secured some sort of foothold in this industry. I could write an entire post about my disdain for NYC alone, but suffice it to say–I can totally understand why my mother left, in the 70′s. My goodness. A big shout out to anyone that’s poor that’s still trying to make it there. Good luck.
e) At this point, I’m damn deep in the (film) game. There is nothing else to do but to just continue on and attempt to break the door down, by hook or by crook. (There is no reason not to, only the will to do it, the patience to see the process through and the savvy needed to determine what should come next, so that one can continue on).
(Sorry if this sounds intense).
All that aside, I’ve been extremely fortunate this year, and I’m thankful for all of that. Supportive family, supportive friends, supportive patrons. I’ve had the opportunity to network tremendously since having attended Sundance, earlier last year, and was even able to shoot another short film just two months ago, one which I’m very eager to release in the Spring of this year.
I’ve also have a few other things I’ve been developing that I’m hoping will come to fruition over the course of the year. So–positive thoughts.
Things I (Still) Do To Stay Sane:
– Exercise with the tenacity a convict (a comparison I drew after watching this film called “Bronson”), as much as possible. Not that being in prison is ideal for staying in good shape, but you’d be surprised just how much exercise can do within a space that’s 9′ x 9′ x 12′. Anyway, I’m of the mind that being in good, functional, physical shape will keep your spirits up, no matter what else is going on in your life. It just will.
– Listen to Kanye, Drake, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and other inspiring hip-hop artists, as much as possible.
– Dance. Laugh. A lot.
– Beer. Just one or two. Occasionally.
Things I Do in an Attempt to Keep My Skills Sharp:
“If you’re a writer, you write. If you’re a director, you direct. If you’re an actor, you need to act.”
These things are true. And even if you’re just starting out or aspiring to be a writer-director, there are things that you should be doing continually to hone your abilities, especially when you’re not shooting.
Earlier this year, I saw a list of media that Steven Soderbergh (whose work I adore), spent time observing/watching/creating throughout the course of this past year. If you’re priding yourself on being a content creator, you need to really keep yourself engaged and exercise your mind.
– Avoid watching network/cable television for long stretches of time
– Try to watch at least 4 films per week, however you can. (Spike’s advice)
– If you’re going to watch television, make a concerted effort to watch something that’s good.
– Read prose, for the love of all that’s holy. Nonfiction and fiction. Read good journalism, too. Plays. Scripts (at least 2 per week). Just read.
– Go to the darned Museum.
– Observe, study and photography. Whatever you can get your hands on.
– Read Indiewire, Variety, Nikki Finke’s Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, etc.–the trades.
– Keep shooting and editing, whenever you have the time
– Keep writing.
You must be a sponge. You’re basically like a soldier. And if you don’t think of yourself that way, it’s really best to get out of the game, because there are countless other people that take this shit just this seriously.
General Practices (things to remember and to abide by, as much as possible, if possible):
– Be grateful
– Call your parents and other family members. For the love of all that’s holy.
– Keep in Touch with Folks, in general.
– Be conscious of the fact that time is your most important asset
– Don’t be afraid to say “no” to anything
– Surround yourself with people who are filled with positivity and optimism and, at the same time do not be afraid to distance yourself from others.
– Strive to do more than what you discuss doing
– Strive to continually push yourself out of your comfort zone, to experience new things and to meet new people
– Strive to avoid solipsism and arrogance as much as possible
– Keep a plan — 6-month, 12-month, 36-month, 60-month, 120-month (if you can) – review and refine it, regularly.
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