Beyoncé and Jay Z: Bang Bang, Part One on Nowness.com
Part 1 of the trilogy
Yes, they’re back. Everyone’s favorite
soon to be divorced possibly expecting couple is back on the small screen for yet another film endeavor. When the “music video” for Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail collaboration with his wife–also the song that started this whole thing–“On The Run” teased at a movie tha was “coming never”, most figured they’d never get the chance to see Jayonce in their acting personas ever again, but they were wrong.
In coordination with film director Dikayl Rimmasch, the billion dollar couple will release a trilogy of short films, beginning with “Bang Bang”, which you can watch above, at NOWNESS, the website that’s hosting the trilogy. NOWNESS will have Part 2 for our viewing pleasure on Tuesday, just before the “On The Run” special debuts on HBO on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Here’s some more information on the Rimmasch x Jayonce project.
Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z. Directed by the New York-based filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch, Bang Bang is a trilogy of short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter’s filmic alter egos, appearing throughout their two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, which celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris. Rimmasch was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z via Mark Romanek, and with a creative cohort in the war photojournalist William Kaner put together a filmmaking approach and aesthetic inspired by French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor, Les Blank. Rimmasch’s stripped-back process paid dividends, allowing an incredibly fast, shoot-from-the-hip style using custom camera rigs that he had designed, 50-year-old Russian lenses and lighting effects by Archie Ciotti and Scott Spencer. Below, we’re in conversation with the steadfast director—also known for his black-and-white campaigns for RRL by Ralph Lauren—about Bang Bang’s conception and what it’s like to direct contemporary music’s most iconic performers.