This cross-post was written in October, but delayed until my Favorites series ended yesterday, so that the schedule wouldn't be too cluttered.
It had been a few months since I posted any video essays on Fandor (or anywhere for that matter), but I’m happy to return now with a short video exploring Charles Burnett’s film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property – obviously very relevant given the recent release of Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation biopic of Turner.
(more information & images from the video follow the jump)
During my break, I had other distractions but was also meditating on some of the changes occurring at Fandor, where there has been more of a focus on shorter length, more extensive text, and different cuts for Facebook and Vimeo (I created a short Facebook "teaser" version for this video as well, but ultimately it wasn't used - maybe I'll be able to share it at a later date).
Here is part of my intro on Fandor Keyframe:
Tomorrow, Nate Parker’s long-awaited The Birth of a Nation will be released in the United States. Surprisingly, the story of Nat Turner—the slave who led a violent rebellion in Virginia that struck fear into the hearts of the South’s plantation elite—has seldom been told on the screen before. William Styron’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) was slated for a film adaptation in the early seventies, to be directed by Norman Jewison, but was scrapped due to controversy. Styron’s book offended many African-Americans who felt that he had transformed a black icon beyond recognition, inventing a lustful desire for a white teenager and voicing bitter, racist second thoughts as Turner sits in his jail cell. ... (Read the rest)I look forward to sharing more work on Fandor in coming months, as well as on my personal YouTube/Vimeo channels. In fact I have another video waiting in the wings that was created even before this one, a formal-political analysis of an Ousmane Sembene movie which I’m very proud of - it will debut next week. And I’m going to be resuming work on the Citizen Kane series as well as resuming some of my stalled YouTube series. With the Favorites finished, a lot of new work is coming soon, and much of it will be video-based.
UPDATE - Fandor has published this video on YouTube as well: