Profile: Terence Nance (1982-)

By Black art story Editor

Terence Nance is an American filmmaker, writer, director, actor and musician from Dallas, Texas.

Early life

Nance was born in Dallas, Texas. He earned his MFA from New York University where he studied visual art.

Career

Nance’s 2012 film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty incorporates an earlier short film, animation and an original score.  It premiered in the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier section in 2012 and was also screened as part of the 2012 New Directors/New Films Festival in New York. Scholar Terri Francis has described it as “…an experimental film…that recreates the unspoken space amid friendship and relationships. Starring Terence Nance himself and the girl with whom he is caught up in this difficult dance, the film shifts between reconstruction and reimagining using both animation and live action.”  The film was also featured at a screening as part of the Afrofuturist Film Festival at the New School on 3 May 2015.

In August 2018, Nance’s TV series Random Acts of Flyness debuted on HBO. In September 2018, Nance was announced as the director of the sequel of Space Jam, produced by Ryan Coogler.

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