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by Kate Gellene
December 30th, 2011
Terence Nance’s “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” is Headed to Park City, but first, he needs your help!
We are pleased to announce that the debut feature by Rooftop alumni Terence Nance has been selected to make its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival! However, with the excitement also comes trepidation. His film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, was accepted as a rough cut and the festivities in Park City are just around the corner. Terence and his team are optimistic about finishing the film, but they need your help to do it! (And Kickstarter’s of course!)

Nance’s short film No Ward, screened at the Summer Series in 2010, is an honest and personal account of an unrepresented problem: the New Orleans Diaspora in Texas that resulted after Hurricane Katrina. The Brooklyn based filmmaker returned to his hometown of Dallas, one of the many Texas communities that has seen a large population of refugees, to speak to displaced residents. The film stands as a heartfelt reminder that life goes on after the media disappears.

Terence’s latest work is even more personal — for his feature debut he has turned the lens on himself, to portray the exciting and harrowing experience of beginning of a relationship. I’ll let some words of praise courtesy of Sundance describe the film, or you can watch the trailer for yourself on his website:

“With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, documents the relationship between Nance and a lovely young woman as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Nance creates an exquisite tapestry of live action and various styles of animation to delve deeply into his own young male psyche as he sweats and stretches toward maturity. The result is an exciting and original film that announces the arrival of a bright new cinematic talent.” – Sundance Film Festival

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty’s Kickstarter campaign already well on its way to being fully funded, with over $8000 pledge of the $15,000 goal. However, Terence has been working on the film for over 5 years, and is on the verge of seeing his efforts pay off. Don’t let his his hard work go to waste; head over to his Kickstarter page now to make a pledge and help Terence get to Utah!

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