• Fri. Jun 24th, 2022

Khalil Joseph’s ‘BLKNWS’ video installation gets feature adaptation from A24, participating

A24 and Participant have put together an adaptation of “BLKNWS,” based on the video artist and filmmaker’s groundbreaking video exhibition Khalil Joseph.

Joseph will make his directorial debut with the project, with cinematographer Bradford Young (“Mother of George,” “Arrival,” “Selma”) on board to film the feature. The entrant will lead production and co-financing alongside A24, which will also handle global distribution. Executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren, while Joseph will produce the film alongside Onye Anyanwu, Amy Greenleaf and Nicolas Gonda.

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A24 and Participant teased news of the project, posting a teaser, which read “coming soon” on social media. Further details about the project, including a release date, have yet to be revealed.

“BLKNWS” first appeared at the Venice Art Biennale in 2019, where it featured in the main exhibition. The project was also screened at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the New Frontier Films & Performances section. “BLKNWS” is described as “an ongoing art project that blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship and cultural criticism, appropriating the news format as an opportunity to reinvent the contemporary cinematic experience, mixing an element of seriousness with a light touch on what news may be.

The collaboration agreement was negotiated by Jeannine Tang, General Counsel, Stacey Fong, Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, and Stefanie Holmes, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs on behalf of the Participant; CAA Media Finance, which arranged the financing for the film; and Richard Thompson of Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver & Thompson on behalf of the film crew, alongside A24.

Joseph is represented by CAA.

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