An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Feature Film Program
$12 Online or at the door
Thursday Jun 21, 2012
8:00pmDoors open
8:30pmLive music by Terence Etc.

Dekalb Market
Downtown Brooklyn
138 Willoughby St. at Flatbush Ave. (Ft. Greene/Downtown Brooklyn)
B, Q, R to Dekalb Ave


This Show Presented in Partnership With
NYC & Co.
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
Burt's Bees

Nance’s explosively creative debut feature documents the relationship between Terence and a woman as they teeter on the divide between platonic and romantic.

Filmmaker Terence Nance will perform music live prior to the screening. Following the screening there will be a Q and A with the filmmaker.

This screening is part of the Soul of Brooklyn Week presented by MoCADA

All of the screenings at Dekalb Market are co-presented by NYC & Company. Check out to find out all about the amazing events and attractions available across all five boroughs.


An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance | USA | 95 min.)
Love is a complicated emotion, up and down, stopping and starting, and (at its worst, or, depending on your attitude, at its apotheosis) love is entirely irrational. Yet your average romantic movie adheres to a paint-by-numbers design and fill-in-the-blank plot. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty colors vividly outside the lines and throws the plot (and reality itself) in a blender, constructing an original cinematic experience from thinning VHS tape, Japanese wood joinery and more animation styles than Rooftop’s annual “Dark ‘Toons” show. Nance’s debut feature is actually a short film (“How Would You Feel?”), with an inserted documentary explication. The work posits an educational thesis, but could be called a self-help film, in the form of an unfolding diary (that contains a trailer for second, unmade film titled “Subtext,” plus recreations from literary inspirations, and more.) To summarize: An Oversimplification is anything but a simple romantic comedy.

It is, however, achingly romantic and archly comedic. In this hybrid, through Nance’s real life relationships and fictional examinations (or vice versa), the audience feels Terence’s emotions acutely (by way of wild digressions and mysterious tangents). The film was made as a means of wooing a woman, but despite the intentional solipsism of the cinematic view, she comes across as a complex, strong-willed character, and the film is as much an entreaty to the audience. For all the intimacy and specificity of Terence’s affairs, the film’s faux-serious narrator entices the audience by referring back to the title short, asking, in any given unusual but realistic situation: “How would you feel?” Are you telling yourself the truth? Should you chase your ultimate desires? The passionate and beautiful answer is that although it may be easier to give in to cynicism and banality, and although the wild and wonderful may not always win the woman, daring to embrace the chaos of love will always lead to the more rewarding life (and film).

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg

Burt Talks to the Bees (Isabella Rossellini | USA | 2 min.)
Meet the bees—the queen, the workers and the drones—in this wonderfully fantastic and wildly educational series of short films created by Isabella Rossellini, actress, director and uncanny Burt impersonator. Once you meet them, you’ll want to save them too. Visit to see how.


Terence Etc.
Terence Etc. was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He comes from a family of musicians who have played for legends like Lucky Peterson and James Ingram. Terence began writing music and learned to play various instruments as a young child sitting in on his uncles' studio sessions. He moved to New York City as a visual art student, and has since included music and filmmaking in his art-making lexicon. His music can be classified as "Art - Funk" and his debut album is set to be released next year. The music draws on familiar funk influences like Stevie Wonder and Funkadelic as well as less obvious composers like Andrew Lloyd Weber, Dilla, Leadbelly, the Kronos Quartet, Ira Gershwin, and Thelonius Monk. Terence currently resides in Bed - Stuy BK along with the rest of the Swarm.

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