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Lonnie Holley and Cyrus Moussavi write new film I Snuck Off The Slave Ship

Short film accompaniment to the track from 2018 album MITH

A new film I Snuck Off The Slave Ship by Lonnie Holley will premiere as an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival next year. It was created with Cyrus Moussavi, Brittany Nugent and Matt Arnett, and features cameo appearances by gospel singer and pianist Theotis Taylor and the Edeliegba Senior Dance Ensemble.

The film accompaniment of Holley's song of the same name from the 2018 album MITH, it was shot around his hometown in Atlanta, GA, and will mark the first time the artist has directed a film. In it, “temporal talismans” guide Holley through the Black American experience. “But his freedom quest always seems to get trapped in the same point of discontinuum: the 4th of July, birthdate of the self-replicating slave ship, ‘America’,” explains the synopsis.

“Built from the scraps of his life and hard sci-fi alterna-realities, the short film is an assemblage of Holley’s encounters with the slave ship ‘America’ and a testament to imagination as resistance.”

Holley will also tour MITH throughout the end of this year and into 2019. His exhibition “Somewhere In A Dream I Got Lost” opens at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art on 13 December. “Thumbs Up For The Mothership” is exhibited at Mass MoCA until mid-2019.