At Loudspeaker Films, we strongly believe in the power of art to open eyes, expand thought and, sometimes, reveal truth in visceral ways that are not always easy to target or define. While our films document issues, stories and facts, we use art (visual metaphors, cinematography, the score and sound design, etc.) to build the human connection to and emotional pull of those issues, stories and facts.
Today we joined millions of other viewers mesmerized by a different but related kind of audio visual work -- a music video by Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) -- that alludes to issues, stories, facts and history within a fully-imagined work of art that is at once like a series of paintings and a novel that requires (and is getting) close reading. The choreography by Sherrie Silver -- which uses facial expression as strongly as any body movement -- is itself worth watching many times.
This is the power of art at work.
THIS IS AMERICA.