Flying High, Longlist - Music Video

Common ft. Black Thought, Say Peace

AG Rojas, Darol Olu Kae

Park Pictures

AG Rojas: Born in 1987, AG Rojas traveled the world as the son of a Colombian writer and a Costa Rican painter. At the age of 8, his family moved to Los Angeles permanently. AG began directing music videos soon after dropping out of Art Center College of Design at 17. Among his first two videos were Earl Sweatshirt’s very first music video “EARL” and Gil Scott-Heron’s very last music video, “I’ll Take Care of You.” In the last 10 years, AG has directed music videos for Jack White, Spiritualized, Run The Jewels, Florence + The Machine, Kamasi Washington, Zack de la Rocha, and Emeli Sande as well as global advertising campaigns for Nike, Apple, Adidas, and more. Darol Olu Kae: A poetic meditation on familial loss and separation, and the love that endures against dispersion. Kae repurposes materials sourced online and pairs them with images from his personal archive in an effort to wade through the deep emotions surrounding his father's death and the sudden relocation of his children, collapsing time and memory in the process. Taking the autobiographical model as his departure point, Kae explores how an intimate account of one’s life can potentially extend beyond the realm of personal experience. I ran from it and was still in it screened at the Locarno Film Festival in 2020 where it won the prestigious Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film. And in 2021, I ran from it... was awarded Special Jury Recognition for Poetry at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.