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Liquid Blackness Film Series Presents Director Kahlil Joseph

Filmmaker Kahlil Joseph has made music videos for musicans like FKA Twigs and Kendrick Lamar. Pictured is a still from his film set to Flying Lotus' ''Until the Quiet Comes,'' which was screened at Sundance.
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Music videos are now an art of their own. They could even be called music films. One of the major innovators in the field is filmmaker Kahlil Joseph. He created beautiful and rather surreal music videos for musicians like Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs and Kendrick Lamar. Most recently, he was part of the filmmaking vision for Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.”

Joseph is being featured in Atlanta next week as part of liquid blackness, a public film series and research project on blackness and aesthetics at Georgia State University. liquid blackness also hosts a public film series.

“There is something surreal and magical and very vulnerable about Kahlil Joseph’s films,” said liquid blackness coordinator and Georgia State professor Alessandra Raengo. “We see black bodies moving in unexpected, sublime, beautiful ways. He has a way of keeping black bodies safe. He creates environments where violence happens, but it doesn’t destroy the body, the spirit, it doesn’t destroy black creativity.”

Along with highlighting filmmakers who focus on blackness and aesthetics, liquid blackness participants tackle this contradiction:

“In our contemporary culture, blackness is encountered very easily. We have access to black music, black fashion and a lot of other cultural traits,” Raengo said. “But that does not translate into an ethical commitment about caring and truly loving and protecting black people.”

“Holding Blackness in Suspension: The Films of Kahlil Joseph” is a free screening and symposium and is open to the public. Events take place Oct. 6 and 7. Locations and times can be found here.

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