Ahead of Red Bull Music Academy Paris, RBMA have commissioned five independent film makers to explore Paris’ place at the forefront of global creativity and culture. Employing some markedly different forms of expression, Quentin Dupiex, Anne Horel, Romain Cieutat, Julien + Adrien, and Dexter Navy split apart the fibers of Paris’ artistic makeup, with results that are startling, dramatic, entertaining, and at times funny.
In his film Being Flat, Quentin Dupieux (a.k.a. Mr. Oizo) resurrects 90s puppet icon Flat Eric, as he sits in on a casting call with various puppet lookalikes. Supported by East Bound & Down‘s Eric Little, the results of one too many takes begins to tell at a Parisian theatre. Vine and Instagram personality Anne Horel, meanwhile, takes us on a #EmojinalParisTrip, racing through Paris on the heels of an emoji headed digi-tourist. ClekClekBoom creative director Romain Cieutat exposes the dual life of a young gay teenager, with one foot in the Parisian banlieues and the other in the city’s thumping voguing scene in Realness With A Twist. Directing duo Julien + Adrien pair gourmet chef Atsushi Tanaka with modular synth master Etienne Jaumet in Camouflage, a showcase of craft and precision from divergent worlds. Finally, A$AP Rocky and Kanye West collaborator Dexter Navy produces a sombre poem for Paris in SAINT, enlisting some of the city’s leading creatives for the purpose.