An Oversimplification of Her Beauty


Sun, Apr 22

   8:30 / PFA

Mon, Apr 30

   9:00 / Kabuki

Tue, May 1

   12:15 / Kabuki

Wed, May 2

   4:00 / Kabuki

New Directors

USA, 2011, 94 min


Terence Nance
Andrew Corkin, James Bartlett, Terence Nance
Terence Nance
Shawn Peters, Matthew Bray
Terence Nance
Terence Nance
Terence Nance, Namik Minter, Chanelle Pearson, Shanté Cozier
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Ticket info: The following screenings of this film are "At Rush": Mon Apr 30 9:00

A broken date serves as catalyst for an entrancing journey through the heart and mind of aggressively intelligent filmmaker Terence Nance, who turns the camera on himself in this documentary-narrative hybrid. A starry-eyed artist who spirals into self-examination/flagellation sparked by his obsessive, unrequited love for close friend Namik, Nance pulls the viewer into his emotional space via hypothetical scenarios, repeatedly posing the question, “How would you feel?” In fractured essayistic fashion, the filmmaker dissects his past relationships, fantasy life, everyday existence and the culture at large to better understand himself and the nature of love. With each new perspective, the film takes on a new visual language: vérité realism, dramatic recreation, tone poetry and a wild array of animation. Its hyper-literate narration and eclectic visual style lend it the sophistication of a poem or collage, but Nance’s work is pure cinema, playing with repetition and changes in tempo, making references to other films and even to his own experience making this one. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is wholly unique, peppered throughout with pop culture references and borrowed music underscoring scenes of achingly real life—making for a film that’s both experimental in style and emotionally undeniable.

—Jenni Rowland

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Terence Nance

Terence Nance is a filmmaker, visual artist and musician. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Nance received his MFA from New York University in 2007. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, his feature debut, recently had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, after which Variety described the director as a talent “bursting with inspiration.”