DREAMSTATES, Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman

Film screening at 7:30pm, Live Performances to follow


Saul Williams

Anisia Uzeyman

Guillermo E. Brown, Beau Sia, DJ Carlos Niño, and very special guest LARAAJI!!!

Sun · November 5, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

Written by Rwandan-born Anisia Uzeyman in her directorial debut, DREAMSTATES paints an underground portrait of a sultry, sensual, and quixotic America through the fleeting romance of two artistic lovers. The film stars acclaimed poet and actor Saul Williams, CX KiDTRONiK (Nine Inch Nails, Saul Williams), Beau Sia (Rachel Getting Married), and William Nadylam (Claire Denis’ White Material), as well as Anisia Uzeyman (Alain Gomis’ Tey).

Guided by the rhythms of an eclectic blend of music, two wayward souls – lovers who meet first in the dream realm before the material one – explore their love for one another while touring the United States with some of the most pivotal figures of the Afro-Punk movement. In her debut feature film, Anisia Uzeyman’s non-linear storytelling drives a recursive experience as audiences are taken on a hypnotic journey where the boundaries between these realms are blurred. It is a visual poem built by steadily layering enigmatic black spaces onto hyper-saturated colors, these technical components of the film seamlessly complementing and engaging its dreamlike nature.

Filmed in thirty-two states over the course of just forty-two days and within a prefaced context of an uninhabited America, the film’s iPhone cinematography enables and presents a boundless blackness unconfined by structures, people, and attitudes as well as temporal and geographical boundaries. The filming duly captures the almost manic and dreamlike nature of these lovers on the road: the hyper-focus on details to the obfuscation of others, the darting gaze as it matches the frantic lovers’ efforts and heartbeats.

Anisia Uzeyman seeks to excavate the “haunting stuff that America is carrying” as an outsider to this country: one must necessarily detach from temporal and geographic boundaries to do this. A decontextualized Americana becomes a backdrop against which the lovers’ interactions are juxtaposed. Williams, bringing both his musical and acting talents to his character, composes original material, and the journey through his songwriting process becomes almost analogous with the journey through this haunted America. But the foil to these dreams and their wondrous magical potential exists as a nightmare: a failing relationship, the American dream deferred. The unattached ethereality and conditional transcendence of the lovers’ affair is grounded in an Icarian crash by the inescapable present reality of American blackness. That truly haunting stuff is the reminder of what blackness in America might encompass: a mother’s constant fear of unjust loss. And herein lies a set of paralleled and irreconcilable tensions: an almost impossible renewal of that deferred dream, a desire to leave a relationship to simply begin again and the centrality of memory within that desire, an impossible restarting of temporal processes that simply cannot be.
Saul Williams
Saul Williams
SAUL WILLIAMS came to public attention after the release of his internationally acclaimed film, Slam (Sundance's Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D'Or- 1998), which he co-wrote and starred in. He has been asked to read and perform his poetry in over 40 countries and more than 300 universities (including a guest professorship at Stanford University). Invitations to share his work have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless, villages, townships, community centers, and prisons around the world. He has published five books of poetry.

As a musician, Saul first signed to Rick Rubin's American recordings in 1998, creating the critically acclaimed Amethyst Rock Star (2001). His second album, self-titled (2004), features the song, “List Of Demands (Reparations)”, which was selected by Nike for their international “My Better” campaign, and has also been featured in films, TV shows, and video games. The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust (2007), was a collaboration with Nine Inch Nails front-man, Trent Reznor, and was one of the first popular albums to use the digital “pay what you will” approach, garnering over 500,000 initial downloads. Volcanic Sunlight (2011), is a collaboration with French super-producer Renaud Letang. The song, Explain My Heart, was selected by Adidas for their global Smart Soccer campaign.

As an actor, Saul has been a series regular on the CW's Girlfriends, while also appearing in several films including, K-Pax, Lackawanna Blues, “New York, I Love You.”, and “Aujourd'hui- TEY” which was an official selection in Berlin's 62nd Annual International Film Festival and has since featured in over 40 festivals world- wide, winning several awards including- L'Etalon D'Or at FESPACO, The Prize of the City at the Venice Film Festival, and Best Actor at the Festival Of African Cinema in Khourigba, Morocco, The African Film Festival in Cordova, Spain, and FESPACO. He most recently co- starred and wrote original music for Anisia Uzeyman's DREAMSTATES.

Saul studied at Morehouse College where he received B.A.'s in Philosophy and Drama. He received his M.F.A. From NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.

Saul is currently writing and recording for his multi-media project: MARTYR LOSER KING, a graphic novel (First Second Books 2019), the albums MartyrLoserKing (2016), Neptune Frost (2018). The film Neptune Frost will be his directorial debut.
Anisia Uzeyman
Anisia Uzeyman
ANISIA UZEYMAN - actress, playwright and director was born in Rwanda. She studied drama at the Superior School of Theater in France. Anisia has written and directed four plays, and has worked in contemporary theater with major authors such as, Sofie Kokaj, Xavier Durringer, Kossi Effoui and Robin Orlyn. She also worked as an actress for the directors Florent Siri, Emmanuel Finkiel, Guetty Felin, Frederic Danos, Laurence Garret and Charles Najman. Anisia starred in the award winning film “ Tey/Aujourd’hui ” by Alain Gomis (L'Etalon D'Or, FESPACO) and most recently in the feature “Ayiti mon amour “ by Guetty Felin (premiered at TIFF 2016).
Her directorial debut, the feature film DREAMSTATES , premiered in official selection at the L.A Independent Film Festival on June 3rd 2016.
Anisia has also recently directed music videos for Sons Of An Illustrious Father ’s “Opposite Of Love”, Saul Williams “The Noise Came From Here” and Mehdi Cayenne’s “Rivière”. She lives between Paris and Los Angeles.
Guillermo E. Brown
Guillermo E. Brown
American jazz (free jazz style) drummer.
Born : May 03, 1974 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Guillermo performed or recorded with : Matthew Shipp, David S. Ware, George Lewis and others.
DJ Carlos Niño
DJ Carlos Niño
Carlos Gabriel Niño is an internationally celebrated producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer, based in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. He has been an important force in the contemporary independent music scene since 1995. A prolific artist, Niño has been involved in the production of more than 100 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States.
and very special guest LARAAJI!!!
Born Edward Larry Gordon in Philadelphia, Laraaji is an American musician best known for his zither playing. He studied violin, piano, trombone and voice in his early years in New Jersey. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. to study composition and piano. After studying at Howard, he spent time in New York City pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian and actor.

In the early 1970s, he began to study Eastern mysticism and believed he'd found a new path for his music and his life. It was also at this time he bought his first zither from a local pawn shop. Converting it to an electronic instrument, he began to experiment using the instrument like a piano. By 1978, he began busking in the parks and on the sidewalks of New York.

The following year he was "discovered" by Brian Eno while playing in Washington Square Park. The result was his most widely-recognized release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, the third installment of Brian Eno's Ambient series. This was his first album released under the name of Laraaji.

This international exposure led to requests for longer versions of his compositions which he supplied to meditation groups on cassette tapes. It also resulted in an expansion of his mystic studies with such gurus as Swami Satchidananda and Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, founder of the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York.

Laraaji's also started the Laughter Meditation Workshops which he still presents around the globe.

The music label Warp has begun to reissue Laraaji's old and new compositions.
Venue Information:
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039