Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Terence Nance comes from a family of actors, photographers, and musicians. A filmmaker, musician, screenwriter, and actor, himself, he studied visual art at New York University, where he developed his art-making practice to include mixed-media installation, music, and film. Nance makes music under the name Terence Etc. His music can be classified as “Art-Funk,” drawing on familiar funk influences like Stevie Wonder and James Brown as well as less obvious composers, like Andrew Lloyd Weber, Dilla, Leadbelly, the Kronos Quartet, and Thelonius Monk. An accomplished music video director, Nance has collaborated on short films and music videos with Blitz the Ambassador, Cody ChesnuTT, and Pharoahe Monch, to name only a few. He currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, along with the rest of The Swarm, and is working on his next feature, The Lobbyists.
Nance’s explosively creative debut feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012), which he built around his 2006 short How Would You Feel?, is an Independent Filmmaker Labs alumnus and premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” In 2012, Filmmaker magazine selected Nance as one of the 25 new faces of independent film.
You’ve just arrived home after a bad day. You’re broke and lonely, even though you live in the biggest and busiest city in America. 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 to clean your apartment before she comes over. In your haste, you see that you’ve missed a call. There’s a voice mail; she tells you that she won’t be seeing you tonight.
And so lay the premise of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. The film is, Richard Brody of The New Yorker writes, a “sharply intelligent, deeply vulnerable romantic comedy . . . a masterwork of reflexive construction. . . . Romantic obsession has rarely been filmed as sweetly, love’s labors have rarely been revealed so insightfully as their own reward.”
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