Kahlil Joseph – “m.A.A.d” Short Film

Kahlil Joseph – “m.A.A.d” Short Film

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Yesterday, I was finally able to catch Kahlil Joseph’s “Double Conscience” exhibition at the MOCA in Los Angeles. The exhibition is called “Double Conscience” because it plays on two screens at the same time, with both screens either complimenting each other, or bouncing off each other completely; but what really is going on in the dark room is a continuous loop of Joseph’s 15 minute short film, “m.A.A.d“, which is inspired by Kendrick Lamar‘s critically acclaimed debut album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city“. The film itself is great, and is really based on Compton, the feeling around the city two decades after the riots. Joseph uses Kendrick’s songs not so much to re-tell the story on the big screen, but to show the city in which the boy from the album grew up in. There’s also a mix of home movie footage in it as well. Some cool effects are used to make the viewer feel like the images are from their eyes, like when the scene at the public pool comes on screen and Kendrick’s music is playing in the background, but once the camera goes underwater, the music is real low and becomes clear again once the camera comes out of the water. Many of Kendrick’s songs line up perfectly with the film, like how “Backseat Freestyle” lines up with a scene where they’re in a van cruising through the city. There’s also connections to Kendrick’s last album, “To Pimp A Butterfly“, when we see a couple of people hanging upside down from light posts in the form of a cocoon, just like how a butterfly would be before it completely finished its transformation. All in all, this is a great film to catch if you’re in the LA area in case you haven’t already. For more info on visiting¬†MOCA, including hours, prices, and directions, click here. “Double Conscience” will only be playing at the MOCA up until August 16th, so make sure to go catch it soon.

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Irene Guerrero

Twitter/Insta: @GigglesIrene "Makin' my wishes come true with no genie, man."

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