I’m a big fan of director Terence Nance, whom we previously wrote about for directing stunning videos for Cody Chesnutt and Melissa Laveaux. Back in 2012 Nance directed An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, a critically-acclaimed opus with a film score by The Dig. Now Nance is teaming up with the NYC band again, directing a short film for the band’s You and I and You EP. The 7-minute short film is a magical-surrealist journey that features plenty of Nance’s signature motifs, like dancers, nature, and the family unit. In the film, a young family is followed by a troupe of dancers. After their child is taken away by a man in red, the couple run through the forest in search for each other, and themselves. Gorgeously abstract, the film proves Nance is a name you need to remember.
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Last week, our post about director Terence Nance inspired me to go digging through his portfolio a little. The rising director has directed several short films and music videos including this one by Canadian singer-songwriter Melissa Laveaux. The video is stunningly gorgeous if not a little odd (dance off between “devils” and “angels,” for example), but the hypnotic look of the video meshes well with Laveaux’s haunting track. “Postman” is taken from her album Dying Is a Wild Night that came out earlier this year. But despite her talent, it seems her career is only critically recognized in France (where she lives, performs). If you liked this video, you should also check out “Triggers,” her newest video also directed by Nance. I was conflicted on which video I should post, but I think “Postman” wins by a notch.
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Here’s an overlooked addition to the music-video-where-the-music-stops-for-a-bit genre. In this clip for the Cody ChesnuTT single “Till I Met Thee,” Terence Nance directs a relationship tale set in some beautiful New York farm land. I’m personally attracted to the gorgeous cinematography, which Nance presumably shares credit with photographer Shawn Peters. The film’s got something of a loose three-act structure going on, with the heaviest section marked by the absence of the rather upbeat and celebratory music. Nance, who’s been featured in The New York Times, has a personal webpage here, and ChesnuTTs official site is here.
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