Terence Nance creates a magical realist film for the NYC group
Film buffs will recall Terence Nance’s debut An Oversimplification of Her Beauty as an uncannily original take on the well-worn fable of the uncertain twentysomething Brooklynite: boy meets girl, boy misunderstands girl and reconstructs his experience into a blend of memoir, experimental film and animation.
“The songs are playing at transcendence and simplicity and unseen forces”
The film subsequently won a prime spot at Sundance and a co-producer in Jay Z, but the self-deprecating Nance refuses to get wrapped up in hype or categorization. After The Dig contributed to the soundtrack of Oversimplification, the director repaid the favor with an impulsive, balletic film for the band’s 2013 EP You & I. “The songs are playing at transcendence and simplicity and unseen forces,” says the Dallas-born wunderkind, who distilled tracks “Cold Afternoon” and "So Alone” into a freewheeling short that could perhaps be described as a Wangechi Mutu portrait brought to life. “I think that those things worked their way from the music to my subconscious, and then into the film.”
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The study suggests, however, that these important cultural connections are not delivered by mainstream media: In this annual survey of 2,078 White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian urban TV content viewers, more than four in ten (44%) total respondents -- and a full 57% of multicultural viewers -- feel strongly that mainstream television needs more diversity of cultures and lifestyles.
In today's content-saturated and on-demand media market, understanding what engages multicultural audiences and, concomitantly, the new American general market, is critical for success. Viewing the Viewer, a recent-released Horowitz videography, sheds further light on how to connect with America's diverse audiences, suggesting that it is not just the number of diverse faces on TV, but the quality of the representation that matters.
David, an ethnographic research participant from Los Angeles, explains, "Television is very influential. People see it and take it as truth. If you have people playing a certain role, they get stereotyped." Tanya, another participant from Houston, argues, "It goes back to having the right people in place to write the scripts who know that there are ... cultural differences other than what the media might be portraying."
State of Cable & Digital Media: Multicultural Edition is a syndicated consumer survey covering the media behaviors of multicultural consumers and is conducted among 2,078 heads of household 18+ who are TV content viewers in urban markets. Viewing the Viewer is an ethnographic documentary of alternative platform users. For more information, contact Adriana Waterston at firstname.lastname@example.org.