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Sundance 2012 Black Cinema Discoveries #2 - Terence Nance's "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 1, 2011 at 5:30PM

As promised... Sundance 2012 highlights that we haven't at all covered previously on Shadow And Act; if you haven't seen the the lineup that's been announced thus far, click HERE for the dramatic/doc competition titles, announced yesterday, and HERE for the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT <=> and New Frontier programs, announced earlier today.
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As promised... Sundance 2012 highlights that we haven't at all covered previously on Shadow And Act; if you haven't seen the the lineup that's been announced thus far, click HERE for the dramatic/doc competition titles, announced yesterday, and HERE for the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT <=> and New Frontier programs, announced earlier today.

Second on the list of films that got in that we haven't written about is Terence Nance's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. 

Terence is a filmmaker we've featured previously on S&A, so some of you will likely already be familiar with the man and his creative efforts.

The synopsis for An Oversimplification of Her Beauty reads like this:

A quixotic young man humorously courses live action and various animated landscapes as he tries to understand himself after a mystery girl stands him up.

That's the Sundance synop. I went over to Terence's website and found a much more descriptive one, which reads as follows:

You’ve just arrived home after a bad day…Scratch that…You’ve just arrived home after a bad month. You’re broke, despite being too busy to shower most mornings. You’re lonely, even though you live in the biggest city in America. Generally speaking, you’re in a funk (and not just from lack of bathing). You do, however, have one cause for mild optimism. You seem to have captured the attention of an intriguing young lady. You’ve rushed home this particular evening to clean your apartment before she comes over. In your haste, you see that you have missed a call. There is a voicemail. She tells you that, she won’t be seeing you tonight… An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a film that puts you in the shoes of an quixotic young man, as fantasys, emotions, and memories, race through his mind during this singular moment in time.

And also on Terence's website, I found a teaser trailer for the film, which I embedded below for you to get an idea of the filmmaker's style.

By the way, Terence himself stars as the "quixotic young man," along with Namik Minter, and Chanelle Pearson.

I plan to attend Sundance next month, barring any unforeseen circumstances; so this, as well as all the others I've profiled, and will profile, will certainly be on my short list of films to see.

This will be the film's world premiere, screening in the New Frontier section, which highlights work that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and film, via the convergence of film, art, and new media technologies.

Watch the below trailer and you'll see why it was selected as a New Frontier entry:

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