Dawn in Luxor

KENZO’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection is about California as a nexus of experiences, radiating from Carol Lim & Humberto Leon’s teenage years. For this latest film, KENZO collaborated with director Kahlil Joseph. A resident of Los Angeles, he is known for a string of stellar short films and music videos, including Flying Lotus’s ‘Until the Quiet Comes’ and Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Black Up’.
 

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Through his lens, the world appears as fragmentary and paradoxical - as a series of beautiful visual riffs. Joseph’s unique vision is the perfect complement to KENZO’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which encapsulates California in all its many guises: sensual yet tough, relaxed yet intense, sophisticated yet free-spirited.

 

 

In this profound and uplifting short film, Kahlil Joseph conjures up an otherworldly Los Angeles, one awash in myths and visions: a man ordering fish in a Jamaican restaurant, the regal beauty of a woman overlooking the sea, a beautiful boy paying homage to a beached dolphin. Shot on 16mm film, the amalgamation of images--at once utterly real and splendidly fantastical--is deployed through a loose narrative driven by pure emotion.

 

Written and directed by Kahlil Joseph.

 

Starring:
Grace Mahary
Palaceer Lazaro
Tykee Dawkins
Chris "Worm" Lewis

 

Music by Shabazz Palaces
Cinematography by Jason McCormick
Art direction by Partel Oliva
Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu & Annabelle Baldero Lacuna
Produced by Onye Anyanwu & Alejandro De Leon
Produced by Pulse Films and What Matters Most