*Somehow, Wayne State film student Miles Reuben found a way to shoot a film short under the constraints of a worldwide health emergency, and its extremely personal theme was influenced by the pandemic in multiple ways.
“NILE: A Visual Embodiment of a Sonic Experience,” inspired by the song from Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar, takes a look at Black fatherhood from a son’s perspective. Reuben told clickondetroit.com, “NILE acts as a revealing letter of my own journey with my father. It explores the prominent emotions that I faced regarding his life, his death, and the aftermath of both. The film is brought to life by the performances and hard work of my talented friends and the vulnerability of men in my family. It’s a passion project that I envisioned in 2019 when listening to the song from Beyoncé & Kendrick.”
Reuben said the film’s original intent changed the more alone he felt during the pandemic, which allowed him to think deeply about those closest to him. “The original intent of the film was supposed to be a visual aid to the song and showcase my skills as a director to show diversity,” he states. The pandemic not only changed the intent of the film but it also changed the look of it and made it challenging to create.
The short film has since been selected by Retrospective of Jupiter, an award winning short film website, and a daily pick by the internationally acclaimed film website, Film Shortage.
Watch the entire 12-minute short below: