“Black Up” is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material. It was filmed in Bronx, NY, Beacon, NY, and various locations in Puerto Rico.
Director – Kahlil Joseph / Photography – Matthew J. Lloyd / Producer – Omid Fatemi / 1st AC – Dave Edsall / Steadycam – Jonathan Beattie / Production and Costume Design – Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes / Production Coordinator – Sue Yeon Ahn / Graphics – Evan Matthews / Sound Design – Will Patterson / Color – Malik Sayeed and Nice Dissolve / Model – Brianna Michele / Talent – Raul Robinson-Cruz and Mariel Cruz / Location Scout – DJ Nature
Creative Consultant – Lee Harrison & Knox Robinson / Executive Producer – Paul Chang
Gil Scott-Heron audio sample courtesy of Reelblack