Endless Shards of Jazz For a Brutal World | The New Engagement

Endless Shards of Jazz For a Brutal World

By Dennis Leroy Kangalee

Filmmaker Statement:

“Endless” is a blues monologue and lament that captures the interior world of a mysterious and immortal figure cursed with having to feed off of her own blood – haunted by both the past and the present horrors of racism within the United States. I wanted to express the weariness and sorrow felt by the rising tide of injustice in the Western world. Surreal and probing, the film renders a portrait of a soul in existential crisis, unable to reconcile her own affliction amidst a Capitalist world that will forever be alien to her.

Invoking the names of great Black revolutionary figures who fought against slavery (Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, Sojourner Truth) to incur a meditative state, the film contains different parts or ‘shards’ (poems, memories, montage, dialogue) that come to grip with the internal & external forces of a system that insists on destroying African-Americans and the historically oppressed.

My first film was a ‘bang,’ now I am interested in the ‘whisper.’ “Endless” renders the necessary words, sounds and images of a haunted state of being and the inner terror they evoke. What is obscure to some, will be very clear to others…and I have been learning how to combine different elements in a cohesive way to express not a story, but a state of mind.

Formally it owes its debt to both symbolist poetry, Eastern mudras, transcendental cinema & experimental jazz compositions while carving out its own place amongst the Cinema of Dissent.” – Leroy Kangalee

New Poet Cinema, All rights reserved 2015

https://endlessshardsfilm.wordpress.com/

 

Endless Shards of Jazz For a Brutal World

2015
25 minutes
RED 4K
Text - Leroy Kangalee
Camera - Eric Swain
Editing - Brennan Karem
Design - Nina Fleck

The Collection

Follow Us

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive."
~ James Baldwin

Help us spread the ethos of compassion and understanding by joining our social media networks and sharing generously!

Recent Literature

Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Drama

Wonderland, A Collection

The Bulldog, the Cyclone, the Ocelot, and Tom. With dignity and mettle for all.

The Arrested Evolution of William S. Burroughs

A reluctant “outlaw” too radical for the queer canon.

The Writer

Subjects include dependency and exploitation.

Futures in Gold

A pagan penance in paradise.

Illusion of Upward Mobility

The subaltern readies her defense.

The Wanting Was a Wilderness

All the natural things that pull.

There’s Something About (Intergenerational) Trauma

Centuries of cruelty demand centuries of reparation.

La Dona Remedia

Deviations from dark destinies.

Hanging in The Balance

Grace is a dance in the face of adversity, a pirouette across a landscape of bigotry.

The End of Imagination

Morality is a creative endeavor.

Grass Waving Under Wind, A Collection

The salt of the Earth exerts the greatest pressures.

The Abortion Debate

Discussion, dissection.

Ten Vignettes About Love accompanying art
Ten Vignettes About Love

Coupledom is the loneliest state.

Decade and Grown story art
Decade and Grown

Rented and reconstituted.

The Three Year Swim story art
The Three-Year Swim

Treading water, staying afloat.

Lost Reception story art
Lost Reception

Dial M for Metaphysics.

Leave story art
Leave

Fathers, sons, and the toxic masculine.

My Tattoos story art
My Tattoos

Idolatry is more than skin deep.

Rubbish Blooms story art
Three Poems

Lost objects, found directions.

The Way In The Way Out story art
The Way In...The Way Out

Violently, lovingly, evade.

Jaywalking / The Sleeper story art
Jaywalking / The Sleeper

The body politic, awake and ready to move.

The Reasons story art
The Reasons

Weathered but undergirded.

My Voice Is a Foreign Land

A sublime horror, a beautiful exploitation—sung to mellifluous perfection.

Spin Cycle Dizzies Generations, Trauma Tongue Ties the Masses

Dismantled binaries, reclaimed thoughts, decolonized language.

My Orchie

Confirmations.

Marie and Phillip: a double sestina

Sacred patronage, grateful salvation.

Malevolence And A Museum

Legacies, embattled and embalmed.

Ishtar in Hell

Exiting hell, burdened with clarity.

Ezra

The anxiety of loneliness, the panic of disconnection.

The New Engagement

The New Engagement endeavors a novel approach to discovering, introducing, and showcasing writers, artists, and filmmakers, by providing them digital and print platforms, while encouraging and supporting their social-consciousness.