We just got a great review in The New Yorker!

“This brisk and self-searching, sharply intelligent and deeply vulnerable romantic comedy is a masterwork of reflexive construction. The young director, Terence Nance, builds the film around his 2006 short, “How Would You Feel?,” a love story in the conditional mode in which he co-stars, with Namik Minter—both playing themselves—to depict the course of their tentative relationship.”


AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION featured in Philadelphia Weekly

“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


Flux @ Caos Gallery Features Terence Nance

Caos Gallery

Flux  @ Caos Gallery
923 F Street NW
Washington, DC

October 20, 2012

Reception at 7PM

In conjunction with Nuit Blanche DC, Jessica N. Bell will be presenting Flux, a temporal exhibition of time-based media, featuring artists Chukwuma Agubokwu, Lara Stein Pardo, Terence Nance, Nyugen Smith, and Mandy Cano Villalobos.

The nexus of mobility has been arguably actualized in the 21st century. In a societe contemporain, access to the world around us is seemingly within a click of a mouse. Whether one is booking tickets to an exclusive destination half-way around the world, or quelling a case of wanderlust with Google Earth; access to information, and more specifically, locales, is increasing exponentially with the advancement of technology.   For some, to freely move around is a treasured luxury, yet a laborious, dangerous act for others. Flux will explore the politics of passage as it relates to movement. Social mobility. Forced migration. Geographical travel. Gentrification and displacement.

As writer Richard Florida has suggested, economic interconnectivity, realized through globalization, is certainly apparent, but has not made way for equity, especially equity in access, for various demographics of our global society. Through colored lenses, the notions of travel and mobility are heavily drawn along race and class lines. The freedom to move one’s body about, around, and between is nefariously complicit with one’s standing within a given socioeconomic sphere. Access to the freedom of mobility becomes synonymous with ability, ability transforms into a longing for the lack of such, a desire of sorts.
Flux is visualization of this transformation of mobility into a matter of access. In the exhibition, five contemporary artists will challenge understandings of travel through video works. Lara Stein Pardo, Nyugen Smith, Terence Nance, Chukwuma Agubokwu, and Mandy Cano Villalobos will investigate the politics of movement as it relates to their own aesthetic concerns.
In No Ward, a short documentary film shot by critically acclaimed filmmaker and artist Terence Nance, the artist explores the devastating implications of forced migrations affecting New Orleans natives after Hurricane Katrina. Similarly, drawing upon historical memory, cultural anthropologist and photographer Lara Stein Pardo, in collaboration with Grace Sanders, attempts to parse out answers to complicated questions surrounding the relationship between migrations, the legal system and everyday life in the video work today we are leaving.  The video questions the role of regulation and movement, directly challenging the history of the  Wet Foot Dry Foot policy addressing the illegal immigration of Cubans and Haitians into Miami.

The cultural assemblages of performance artist Nyugen Smith offer a conceptual departure from other works. Smith’s video performances construct a visual framework to navigate contemporary concerns with colonialism in the West Indies and Africa. In Americans, Mandy Cano Villalobos presents a fragmented narrative of three Latin American immigrant families and their relocation experiences. Chukwuma Agubokwu’s performance in Metro-Sketch: Thank You Come Again explores movement hyper-locally; the short video piece unveils the negotiation of interpersonal relationships on the DC Metrorail system.

Flux champions the crucible of mobility and access-  technology, to magnify the bifurcated effects of globalization, regulated movement and in some cases, social stagnancy. More poignantly, Flux employs the gaze of other-ed individuals to make document existing social attitudes about the power and agency associated with physical, social, and psychological change.

For all press inquiries, please contact:

Jessica N. Bell


An Oversimplification Takes New Orleans


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.

Filmmaker Magazine Showcases Nance’s Film4Peace

Terence Nance

Last week, we shared Terence Nance and Hank Willis Thomas’ short film for the Films4Peace initiative commissioned by PUMA.Peace and curated by Mark Coetzee. Well as you know, Terence was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces” and like a proud parent, showcased his recent accomplishment in an article featuring the film along with Nance’s commentary.


Terence Nance’s Take on Films4Peace

Hank Willis Thomas


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!

Spotlight Screening of An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty at 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

Terence Nance Paper Magazine Article

“An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” has been making its rounds on the international festival circuit and has been received with open arms, but there’s nothing like showcasing your talent with those who simply get what you’re all about and are trying to achieve. The Urbanworld Film Festival, sponsored by BET Networks, is screening “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” directed by Terence Nance on Friday, September 21st.

“The Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes.  Urbanworld endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary filmed entertainment.  By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects” (Urbanworld.com, 2012).

The festival runs from September 19-23rd, 2012 in New York City. Check out the site to purchase tickets for “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”, festival schedule, other screenings and advance tickets, and general information.

In other news, check out this dope article in Paper Magazine to find out Nance’s thought process behind the film and how it relates to Frank Ocean’s new record, Channel ORANGE.


Filmmaker Magazine names its 25 New Faces of 2012 with writer/director/actor Terence Nance


Welcome to the 15th edition of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” As Filmmaker is poised to enter its 20th year covering the art, business and practice of independent film, we remain excited and rejuvenated by the creative achievements and career potential of today’s emerging filmmakers. Amidst talk of collapsing business models, it’s downright inspiring to profile filmmakers whose proactivity knows no bounds. The explorations of the filmmakers on this list span their communities, the globe and the web as they find new ways to make great work as well as names for themselves. Read more…


Poster Art: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Screen shot 2012-07-17 at 5.10.42 PM

The final version of the poster for “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” was designed and created by Stephanie C. Matthews and the movie’s director Terence Nance. Check out more from Stephanie C. Matthews here.

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty SoBK ReCap

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.

The Art of The Movie Trailer

As AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY makes it way around the festival circuit, people can’t help but notice the raw energy the film brings to the table…or in this instance, the big screen. But even before they purchased a ticket to a screening, what moved them to actually want to see the film in the first place? I’m sure word of mouth or press and publicity got the job done, but sometimes that just might not be enough and that is when THE ART OF THE MOVIE TRAILER comes in hand. It takes skill to condense an entire film into a visual synopsis, highlighting just enough interesting points to leave the viewer hungry for more and let me tell you…Terence Nance got it right!  If you haven’t peeped the trailer of AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, check out this great review that gives praise to the art form (because trailers need love too) and showcases the film along with a few others that also got it right. If you like what you see, pass it along so others can be hype about it, and then go buy a ticket to your nearest screening. Don’t act as if a really dope movie trailer didn’t have you counting down the days til it hit theaters or updating your Facebook/Twitter statuses about movie plans that weekend…well let us have that effect on you too.

UI Screening of “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” a Success

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

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.

University of Iowa Screens “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”



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.

Jay-Z’s Site Life and Times Loves Shawn Peters



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.

Thursdays @ 7 by Brooklyn Museum: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Brooklyn Museum

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! YouTube Preview Image

“Oversimplification of Her Beauty” Heads To Traverse City, Michigan


An Oversimplification of Her Beauty will be showing at the Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. The Film Festival described the piece as “discover[ing] cinematic nirvana” and the director  Terence as “wholly original” and “insightful” and crediting him with the ability to “restore your faith in the idea that both art and storytelling capabilities of the cinematic medium have yet to be fully explored.”

The film will play at the Dutmers Theatre from August 3, 2012 – August 4, 2012, the times are 12:00pm and 9:15pm on August 3rd and 9:30pm on August 4th. For more details visit the Traverse City Film Festival website.


A Conversation With Terence Nance

An Oversimplification

Terence Nance is in L.A. for a hot minute: the LAFilmFest is screening his elaborate, soul-searching feature debut An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. He looks like a party with his chunky fro, bold fashion risks and lethal-distance smile. But there’s something reserved about him—his choice of words is often bookish and there’s a sense that he needs to push through a certain shyness to confide his thoughts about himself and his work. Read more here

IndieWire: Nance among group of DIY Animators keeping animation alive

Animation vol 4

“Terence Nance’s debut narrative “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” has impressed film festival audiences for its similarly low-budget animation used to reflect his inner feelings about a decaying romance.” – Indiewire

Visit Indiewire to read more about the new era of Pixar and the responsibility of independent animators to keep animation alive.

LA Film Fest Puts the Spotlight on “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”

“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.

“The Triptych” – Doc Series Profiling Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers, Barron Claiborne, Directed By Terence Nance

Wangechi Mutu

“I don’t know if I should call it his (Terence Nance’s) *next* film, or his follow-up to his feature film debut, An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, but I’ll say that if you live in New York City, you should be all over this, tomorrow night, at the Brooklyn Museum. The gist: On MAY 24th @ BROOKLYN MUSEUM, Afro-punk pictures presents The Triptych (Dir. Terence Nance, Dir. of Photography Shawn Peters, Co Dir. Barron Claiborne), in association with Weeksville Heritage Center.” Read more here

The Triptych + Los Angeles Premiere + Encore Screenings in NYC and Bay Area


With six film festivals screening AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY in just four weeks, April was by far one of the busiest months for the team. We continue to receive heartfelt feedback from supporters like you and positive reviews. Here’s just a quick rundown of what’s to come including the premiere of director Terence Nance’s short-film series THE TRIPTYCH taking place at the Brooklyn Museum this Thursday, May 24th.THE TRIPTYCH is a unique and profound documentary series, profiling some of the most outspoken visual artists of our time. Produced by AFROPUNK pictures, the documentary is itself a work of art, featuring three intimate 20-minute conversations with three bold and culturally resonant voices Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu, andBarron Claiborne. Each piece is a reflection on the artists’ respective life experiences, letting the viewer discover how those observations have shaped the art they create. As space is limited, advance purchase of nonrefundable tickets for general admission and a reserved seat at the screening is recommended via www.museumtix.com.

Terence then flies back to the West coast to participate in this year’s LA Film Fest Filmmaker Retreat before representing the film at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival – our LA premiere! Now, for those who missed out on the Bay Area and NYC premieres – no worries! AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION heads to Oakland, CA for theOakland Innovation Film Lab on June 20th.
And for all you NYC folk, get ready for a special night. AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY returns to Brooklyn for the Rooftop Film Series – but this time – you get a special bonus. On June 21st, director-slash-writer-slash-actor-slash-musician Terence Nance performs with Terence Etc. followed by a special screening under the stars. Check out the details below…
Los Angeles Film Festival / Regal Cinemas LA
Saturday, June 16 at 2:20PM / Sunday, June 17 at 9:30PM
Buy tickets here.
Oakland Innovation Film Lab / Venue TBD
Wednesday, June 20 at TBD
Buy tickets here.
Rooftop Film Series / Dekalb Market / Downtown Brooklyn
Thursday, June 21, 2012
8:00PM – Doors Open / 8:30PM – Terence Etc. Performance / 9:00PM – Film Screening
For more details, click here.


Today, we welcome Jomo Fray – a new addition to the production team here at Media MVMT. Jomo was born in Worcester, MA and graduated with honors from Brown University earning his degree in Africana Studies and Political Theory. He has worked in various areas of the entertainment industry – from entertainment law to broadcasting. His film “Brixton Shepshed: Behind the Lens” was awarded best writing in the 48-hour Ivy Film Festival and his documentary “Freedom is” meditates on different conceptions of freedom and was accepted for the Red Carpet Film Festival at Chapman University. He is currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Welcome Jomo!


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Thanks again for your ongoing support. More updates to come!

In Solidarity,
Chanelle Pearson, Associate Producer
“An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”
Media MVMT + Team

“An Oversimplification” at The San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

“Traveling through the layers of the heart, peeling back the dizziness of lust, catapulting you into the cauldron of desire and of heartache, and ultimately; obsessively exploring the self-reflection that grows and spreads like wildfire as Terrance falls in love with his brilliantly bold friend Namik, who for reasons of fateful circumstance will never be more than an enigma, this is a film bursting with inspiration and passion.”

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