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
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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


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.

“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.”

To read the full article please visit Socially Superlative.

91.7 FM San Fransico Interview with Terence Nance

Terence Nance Subway Pic

KALW contributor Kevin Robinson sat down with Terence Nance to discuss How Do You Feel, the short film that lead to to feature An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.

“The movie is goddess worship in a certain way. It is a celebration of the women in my life and how they have shaped me. It is how they have shaped the women in my future, the women that will be in my life. I think that is important in your emotional development as a male.” – Terence Nance

To read the full article and/or listen to the interview please visit the KALW’s website.


The Bold Italic San Francisco Profiles director Terence Nance

Director Terence Nance

The Bold Italic – San Francisco asks director Terence Nance a few questions before he makes his way to the Bay for the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival. Check out what he has to say here!

San Francisco International Film Festival 2012 
Location: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
  • Monday, 4/30 at 9PM
  • Tuesday, 5/1 at 12:15PM
  • Wednesday, 5/2 at 4PM

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Bomblog interview with Terence Nance


Pamela Cohn interviewed Terence Nance for Still in Motion. She wrote:

“His debut feature is about a young man’s love for a young woman, a woman who also happens to be his very close friend—a vérité documentary-feature narrative-animation-film-within-a-film (got that?).”

Read the full interview here.

103.7 Lite FM Reviews An Oversimplification

Terence and Chanelle DIFF

“Visually, this film is stunningly beautiful. The cinematography of the live action is intimate as the relationship depicted hopes to be. The animation is a gorgeous and colorful cornucopia. You can see the vulnerability of the hopeful lover and his charming sense of humor at the scenario.”

Visit Lite 103.7 to read the complete review.

Shadow and Act “Finding the New Black” Interview

Director, Terence Nance

Shadow and Act interviewed Terence Nance as part of the “Finding the New Black” series. Read Terence’s reflections on making the film, black masculinity, his expectations for the film and future projects featuring “The Swarm” here.

36th Cleveland International Film Festival prepares to launch

I Will Follow

For years, the Cleveland International Film Festival has spotlighted diversity through a wide array of films about minorities, gays and lesbians, oppressed women and people willing to stand up for social-justice causes. Starting Thursday, as the 36th festival kicks off at Tower City Cinemas, the emphasis will be on filmmakers.

Thanks to a three-year grant of $150,000 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the festival has an expansive series focusing on the African diaspora with nine directors representing African-Americans, Africans, Afro-Europeans and black Canadians. Read more

Independent Magazine Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw Reviews “An Oversimplification”

AN Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Imagine a self-indulgent, self-conscious, live-action romance exploring the pangs of unrequited young love in Brooklyn today. What a lame premise. Now imagine it deftly executed through animation, claymation puppetry, cut-cut paper sculptures, and a slew of other visual techniques by a filmmaker who possesses both the playful artfulness of Michel Gondry and the formal aestheticism of Milton Glaser. Oooh, there’s a combination of talents you couldn’t have predicted would fuse in a bluesy, free form, full-tilt, gabby-to-the-point-of exasperating and utterly original movie-movie. You don’t get David Foster Wallace but you get echoes of William Faulkner and a healthy dose of Louise Erdrich with passages read from her novel [Bingo Palace]. Read more

Sundance 2012 Top Picks: Keeping Us Human

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty - Nance Matthews

Roya Rastegar at the Huffington Post lists An Oversimplification of Her Beauty as her #1 film at the Sundance Film Festival this year! “Selected from over 2,000 submissions, this year’s American fiction films not only gauge the vitality of independent filmmaking in the U.S., but also act as a barometer for our national mindset. In current times of civil unrest, economic injury, and political failure, we depend on love — in all its complexity and even through untenable circumstances — to keep ourselves human. Here are the top 10 films that cannot be missed in the coming year.” Read more…

The Space Between: The Help, Red Tails, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and the Problem With Black Cinema

Viola Davis - The Help

“It’s officially Oscar season in America and as a guy with an intense appreciation for film, I can’t help but be a little reflective around this time. Recently, “black cinema” or movies that feature stories with predominantly black casts, have been the talk of Tinseltown. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are gracefully making their award show rounds for their work in The Help. George Lucas & co. guilted us all into seeing Red Tails under the premise that the future of black cinema rested upon its success. And then there’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, an independent film by Terence Nance currently making its way through the indy film circuit, receiving rave reviews along the way. Of all the films I’ve seen over the past twelve months, The Help was the most insulting, Red Tails was the most entertainingly disappointing and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty was, by far – the best. All of this brings me to the nagging question I’ve had as conversations around these films have raged all year: What’s wrong with black cinema?” Read more…

Santa Barbara Independent Interview with director Terence Nance

Terence Laundry

Check out this Santa Barbara Independent interview with director Terence Nance!

“This multimedia feature mixes film, animation, puppetry, home video, Japanese carpentry, book reviews, and more to explore loves both lost and could-be. Along the way, it seriously messes with linear storytelling, turns honest self-analysis into public display, and sets a new bar for what the next generation of “art” films might be” Read more…


Terence and Namik

Sundance 2012 is in the wind, but Stephen and Patrick from the National Film Society are back with another interview they filmed during the festival. This time out, the duo sit down with director Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty) and actress Namik Minter. Minter and Nance, who spent over half a decade readying Oversimplification, are good sports, answering Stephen and Patrick’s questions about their favorite part of being in love, their least favorite part of being in love, and how to get into Sundance parties. Watch video

Sundance Day 7 Buzz Meter: Bradley Cooper Tries to Find The Words

The Words

‘An Oversimplification of Her Beauty’ featured in Vulture Magazine’s Day Seven list of Sundance 2012 Films: “One of the smallest films at Sundance this year is also one of the best. A stunning meditation on the way we fret and obsess over the details of a relationship — whether it’s in its nascent stages, at its height, or has already ended – Nance’s film is a heartbreaking, mesmerizing journey through the romantic mind. At times highly structured, at times seemingly wild with stylistic abandon, it’s an intoxicating recreation of what it feels like to be in love. See it, but beware: It might rip you apart.” Read more…

Filmmaker Magazine Interview with Director, Terence Nance

AN Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Watching Terence Nance’s Oversimplification Of Her Beauty is like being talked through the contents of a shoebox, each item another memento of The One That Got Away. Live action, animation, claymation reenactments, direct-to-camera address by him, on-camera interviews of her by him, blurry, amateur footage shot by her of him, all guided by a formally written voice over, delivered with somber, staccato clarity by an anonymous older man. Descriptions and depictions of other girls slide in and out of the narrative, intercut with shots of The One, whose name is Namik. Read more