David Knight - 23rd Dec 2020

After the impressive video for LA Times, Andrew Litten's latest film for Nana focusses upon another aspect of the California rapper's history - his upbringing in a devout Christian family, and how he strayed from that path.

This is more deftly powerful filmmaking, with Litten focussing upon character through a series of small episodes, and then dovetailing his impressionistic storytelling with the lazer sharp message of Nana's track, King's Blvd 2.

ANDREW LITTEN:

We started to connect the dots between the two worlds Nana grew up in simultaneously.

"This piece has been nearly a year in the making. The entire narrative was written and based from recorded conversations I would have with Nana about his childhood. We started to connect the dots between the two worlds he grew up in simultaneously -  one world being a more traditional, rigid Christian household, and the other world challenging his good values and masculinity. The end result is a narrative that aims to explore these two worlds colliding with one another.

"This was shot at his father's actual church in the Crenshaw neighborhood of LA, and stars Nana's actual brother, Charles Opong, playing his father. The opening sequence, which shows his parents moving here from London to start a new life, was put together using audio recordings of Nana's parents real-life story.

"Needless to say, it was incredibly fulfilling to work with his family and have their full support in our vision."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorAndrew Litten
ProducerAnastasia Solovieva
Production CompanyVoyager
Executive ProducerAndrew Hutcheson
Director of PhotographyHayden Mason
Focus PullerBen Steen
2nd ACMarizo Siller
GafferMohamed Alaali
Art DirectorChristine Cangelosi
WardrobeNarkie Opong
EditorAndrew Litten
ColouristDerek Hansen
Grading companyArsenal
VFXRyan Game
Lead actorJordan Hollingsworth
Director's Rep (US)Reprobates
Director's Rep (UK)OB Management
CommissionerSabrina Rivera

David Knight - 23rd Dec 2020

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