August 5, 2018
The new series from filmmaker Terence Nance is a thrilling collaborative experience.
Curiously placed to air at the bewitching hour of midnight on Saturday mornings, Terence Nance’s Random Acts of Flyness premiered on HBO this weekend with a first episode equally haunting and hilarious, urgent and yet placed in a horrific historical context.
Part anthology series, part sketch non sequitur, Nance’s creation is both singular (the sociologically racist perception of Black America as viewed through a White Gaze) and stringently all-encompassing (the deemphasizing of a white narrative as means to handing the perception of African-Americans back to African-Americans).
It’s also extremely inventive, finding a way to incorporate multiple directorial voices into a cohesive presentation that’s both appreciatingly schizophrenic and yet narratively sustained. A project of collaboration, the first episode is an excellent example of filmmakers using their own styles to complement a singular vision.