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Nana 'King's Blvd 2' by Andrew Litten

Nana 'King's Blvd 2' by Andrew Litten

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."

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Andrew Litten
Producer
Anastasia Solovieva
Production Company
Voyager
Executive Producer
Andrew Hutcheson

Camera

Director of Photography
Hayden Mason
Focus Puller
Ben Steen
2nd AC
Marizo Siller

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Mohamed Alaali

Art

Art Director
Christine Cangelosi

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Narkie Opong

Casting

Lead actor
Jordan Hollingsworth

Editorial

Editor
Andrew Litten

Grading

Colourist
Derek Hansen
Colour grade company
Arsenal

VFX

VFX
Ryan Game

Agent

Director's Rep (UK)

Commission

Commissioner
Sabrina Rivera

Misc

Director's Rep (US)
Reprobates

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