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Artist Jennifer West Gives Old Filmstrips New Life

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Jennifer West, Exploded Film Quilt, 2015, courtesy of the artist

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The following feature appears in the November 2016 issue of NYLON.

This month, Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West will be bringing her work to the Seattle Art Museum. Having manipulated filmstrips for many years, she has not only been able to experience the medium in unexpected ways, but she’s also drawn attention to the film industry’s shift from analog to digital. Here, we discuss her artistic process. 

Tell me a bit about how you make these films. 
I’ve been working with this process called direct film since 2005, where I hand-manipulate and distress film celluloid either 16-, 35-, or 70mm wide and as a result have witnessed the physicality and reality of film both in photography and filmmaking.

What can we expect to see at your upcoming "SAM" exhibition? 
I want to allow the visitor to have this very physicalized and material interaction with the filmstrips. I’m creating this wall of film, which will be 25 feet wide, that you can walk all the way around so you can see it in the light. It will be all hand-painted and hand-printed film. 

What’s one of the coolest ways you’ve been able to manipulate these films?
Film is essentially like fabric, so anything that has some kind of dye in it will color the film in a particular way. Once, I put a 16mm film liter [clear film that’s been washed and painted gold] into things that are supposed to give you good luck. I put it in mint, vanilla, and some perfume and oils from this punk store at the mall. The vanilla outlines the film in a beautiful way. 

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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