fallen – filmed by aR, edited by francesca nocera

we shot this a while ago, summer maybe… times/seasons change because that wall does not stand any longer; they tore down the abandoned building, a collection of rubble, glass, brick and walls so artfully decorated by local graffitti artists the entire place should have been restored and properly lit to serve as a gallery. 

one day, we packed our things (arts, costumes, sound and camera) and took a trip, slipped through a window and spent a few hours painting and repainting a wall we selected lovingly for light and largely clear canvas space. we painted the wall and each other and had a ton of fun in general while taking still shots very often – francesca put this peice of beauty together for you from the photos that afternoon.

enjoy.


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TAKE BACK THE NIGHT.

cowboy. it’s a song. our song. a simple aR song. that started out quite differently – it was the end that was different initially specifically. and it took some work, workshopping, e.g. performing a song live even though you’re not quite sure about it yet just to see how it feels, how it flows, how it resonates, how it grows. ces made maybe 8 different beats. for serious. pullin samples from one western film score (my fav, the magnificent seven) upon many requests from me… and not a single one worked in the end but props to ces for tryin (in the passenger seat of our rideshare to montreal for a gig as our trusty driver stephan speeds on the highway while talkin on his cell.)

the first two lines came laughably easily (on the porch of ces’ parents house in streetsville) and over time i had 5 verses (cowboy, badman, politician, cop and bully) all longer. now there’s 3 (cowboy, cop and bully,) more condensed and bully repeated (in a growl-ier way, so it’s important still, you know?) most importantly, the last verse ended differently. it was out of this super awkward harsh ending that ‘without girls, there’d be no world’ grew – as a replacement in fact for a line that spoke to a devastating playground reality (which included a threat and the word faggot) this line didn’t allow for the broader truth (but does speak to the kind of violence/oppression that is at the root of young queer folks committing suicide; some make the news, but most don’t) – and i was so relieved to receive a replacement from the universe (ces and i sat at a desk, staring at paper, mumbling to ourselves for some time before the line popped; i sang it once, then again differently and ces said, “no! sing it like before!”) the result is the song you know today that opens and closes with a sing along kinda line that sticks in peoples’ heads because it is simple and true (and rhymes) : without girls, there’d be no world.  

it’s this broader truth that calls us to action, that makes us feel compelled to care, inspired to share and supported to heal.

so we’re truly grateful for the process. and the kind patience of all those folks who heard cowboy in its growing stages – thank you. the ugly duckling is now a swan and she’s stunning.

because now, cowboy is the tune folks call us up for; we recently played a YMCA ‘imagine a week without violence’ event where in we were requested to close with cowboy. similarly, tomorrow night, we feel so blessed to have been asked to participate in toronto’s 30th annual take back the night. the fact that the song is recognized by folks in the community working to support women and raise awareness around oppression of women and girls is absolutely huge for us in a big way; in a sincerely tear jerking kind of way. it means a lot that folks hear the song, and not only do they remember it, but feel empowered by it, uplifted, vindicated, present. and that they want us to play it in spaces where the singing and singing along to the song are significant, symbolic and in support of women and girls everywhere. we feel really blessed for this. so thank you.

7pm, yonge and dundas square, friday oct 22nd – join us xoxo aR

compilation of cowboy flics; the last is the newest is the full length music video; shot by melissa moffat & edited by francesca nocera

live 

remix teaser

cowboy full length teaser:

what u been waiting for:

filmed by – melissa moffat; assisted by – alejandra higuera; edited by – francesca nocera; thank you to the ill na na diversity dance company , cousin francesca, syrus, kiana, deon, ayo leilani and chrys. xoxox aR

shooting tomorrow with melissa moffat

tomorrow we’re shooting another video… did you see the promo? we’re joining forces with friends, generally playing around, some structure but more improv.

working with melissa moffat, a brilliant photographer – here’s some photos she took with us (abstract random & ayo leilani) earlier in the summer:

and we’re really grateful for all the support – friends for oining us at the shoot tomorrow, melissa for the space and time and ale for the camera. really grateful.

new world order release | a party in pictures | shot by francesca nocera sun & hannah rajah

thank you hannah rajah (photographer) and francesca nocera sun (photographer & banner + paper macher mask creator)

thank you beautiful people! kehinde! cola! yannick! nik red! akil! wolfj! jules! chris! lichel! ale! victoria! sara! allix! moses! kim! kj! amanda! dollar paris! melissa moffat! ayo leilani!

watch the video for yourself, love aR

cowboy video promo w/ OBGMs remix

shot 9/10/10 @ 6am with melissa moffat. thank you construction workers for not really giving us a hard time. everybody on the go train – it was very real.

please note the promo video version is super amazing remix by the OBGMs – producers, punk band & pretty sweet fellas. download here.

manifesto art show features francesca nocera sun aka lover sun aka aR beats creator on canvas