Multitudes, or Surreal Notions in Service of Us

Terence Nance
Past event


Herb Alpert Award-winning artist, filmmaker, and musician Terence Nance’s creative worlds are expansive, boundless, and liberating. This evening of short films weaves visions unhindered by the structures of categorization, form, and precedent. Nance doesn’t resist the narrative form. Instead, he subverts, troubles, interrupts, and expands it in search of the sublime. Nance’s work makes sense of our contemporary moment, moving alongside and in conversation with a saturated and taxing cultural and media landscape. In his hands, Black subjectivity abounds and is both vernacular and grounded as well as surrealistic and fantastical. Embracing a multimodal cinematic language, Nance employs animation, archival imagery, performance- and music-oriented filmmaking, and buoyant soundscapes to examine love, spirituality, healing, and interdimensionality.  


Presented in English and French with English subtitles.

The program includes a post-screening talk with Terence Nance, moderated by Jheanelle Brown.

Nance is among the most original American filmmakers.

Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Terence Nance is a 2022 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Film/Video.

The program is curated by Jheanelle Brown.

about the artist

Terence Nance

Terence Nance is an artist, musician, and filmmaker born in Dallas, Texas, in what was then referred to as the State Thomas community. Nance wrote, directed, scored, and starred in his first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2013.

In 2014, he was named a Guggenheim fellow. In the summer of 2018, Terence’s Peabody Award-winning television series Random Acts of Flyness debuted on HBO to great critical acclaim and was renewed for a second season by the network. The New York Times hailed the show as “a striking dream vision of race” and “hypnotic, transporting and un-categorizable,” adding that “it’s trying to disrupt and re-disrupt your perceptions so that, finally, you can see.”

In the fall of 2018, it was announced that Nance was tapped to write, produce, and direct Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James. The film premiered in theaters and on HBOMax this summer. In 2020, Nance released his first EP, Things I Never Had, under the name Terence Etc. He also partnered with filmmakers Jenn Nkiru, Bradford Young, Nanette Nelms, and Mishka Brown to form The Ummah Chroma Creative Partners—a directors collective and production company. This team released Killing in Thy Name in collaboration with Rage Against the Machine in January 2021. Nance is currently at work on healing, curiosity, and interdimensionality, while making season 2 of Random Acts of Flyness and preparing to release his debut album V O R T E X.

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Univitellin (2016) 

Dir. Terence Nance, 15 min.


Swimming in Your Skin Again (2015) 

Dir. Terence Nance, 26 min.


The Charge for the Sun (2016) 

Dir. Terence Nance, 16 min.


Random Acts of Flyness Cut (2018) 

Dir. Terence Nance, 10 min.