Krump is a powerful and evocative dance style created in South Central Los Angeles, born of the pronounced duress and hardship experienced by many residents of these areas. The dance form itself calls upon deep emotional candidness as the dancer plumbs the full extent of their frustrations, experiences and struggles and physically manifests them into incredibly moving performances.
While I certainly appreciate the warm shooting style that expertly supports the medium it depicts, as well as the superbly edited interviews and scenes that construct a somber yet optimistic narrative about what Krump means to the people who practice it – I feel the best description of the film comes from the disarmingly honest perspective of the featured dancer and co-creator of Krump, Tight Eyez:
It’s helped me say things I can’t say to people… like when you don’t know your mom until you’re a teenager, that’s me. I haven’t seen my father since I was four. I have two pictures of him. One is in my room, and one is a mugshot on the internet. You have to put that somewhere. It’s therapy sometimes. And we make the ugly part of our lives beautiful at that moment. We make it good. So, we’ve figured out how to turn the evil we experienced into creativity and that’s the spiritual part about it, that’s why it’s spiritual for me because I’ve done that, because of the type of life I’ve had, I would have been a different man if I didn’t have Krump.
Director: Maceo Frost
Released in 2017.
A recent find thanks to someone on Facebook, this lovely little film shows the intimate relationship we develop with our machines and the little joys we cherish, and how the sadness that life throws at us, one way or another, makes us hold on to these joys ever tighter.
Directed by Dustin Cohen
Released in 2013
Just a short offering today; solitude is described by a man who got a taste of the wilderness and never looked back. Quiet and alone with his thoughts, he humbly imparts chunks of knowledge we should all take seriously.
Made by Finback Films
As a long time fan of both EveryFrameAPainting and also Jackie Chan, I couldn’t pass this up. The dissections of this talented documentarian are always enlightening and interesting. It might be said that breaking something apart and examining it is the key to destroying its anima and magic. That is true of both dissecting frogs and DVD special features, but these analyses do nothing but enhance the art and make one appreciate the work in ways one might not have previously explored. Links to Tony Zhou’s extensive Vimeo catalogue is below, and is a must for any aspiring film-maker.
Links: Tony Zhou on Vimeo
My favorite quote from this:
Instead of building true friendships, we’re obsessed with endless personal promotion.
A lovely animation explaining the downside to ‘social’ networks.
The Innovation of Loneliness from BOLD Studio on Vimeo.
Directed by Shimi Cohen.
Funny, informative, and a little bit terrifying short doc on how a virus gets into you, proliferates, and in turn gets murdered wholesale (hopefully). It’s a brutal world in there.
Snippets and clips of a world alien to my own but that I’m inspired to visit. I’m partial to the graininess, especially so to the de-saturated simplicity. I’m taken by the words, the timing of the images, the minimalism countered by the clutter. There is monotony of urban living, gently moulded in with humanity, a balance between the two.
Fragments Of Time from Daniele Manoli on Vimeo.
Directed by: Daniele Manoli