Loose is a documentary about the physical, emotional, and spiritual experience of its subjects' gender transitions, but Loose is not like other documentaries: it’s never the same from one viewing to the next. Rather than being screened the film is "played"—performed live like a DJ set—and mixed improvisationally to create a site-specific work. Loose also asks more questions than it provides answers, diverging significantly from an ethnographic format that often seeks to explain entire groups of people to outsiders.
The documentary is best experienced as a live show, with director and producer D’hana Perry at the controls, blending interview footage with psychedelic abstractions and experimental electronic music, making ample use of their disorienting, hard editorial style. D’hana is a DJ, party-starter and renegade sociologist with a refreshingly critical eye for power dynamics and little desire to participate in the film festival circuit.
In March, rapper and Loose interviewee Micah Domingo got together with art historian and DJ Brian Friedberg—a.k.a. Rizzla—to interview D’hana Perry at their home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. All three are recent Brooklyn transplants and members of the multidisciplinary #KUNQ collective. In the last three years they have performed side-by-side in clubs and community spaces from San Francisco to Boston and Montreal. Their shared history, common influences—or rejection thereof—and intimacy are evident in the following living room chat, where they touch on “daps from dudes,” gendered DJ styles, and why the cyborg as a theoretical construct is just plain funny.
For the online version of this article, D'hana Perry provided a brand new cut of exclusive footage from Loose ongoing development with an accompanying soundtrack that includes artists like Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu, fellow #KUNQ member Blk.Adonis, and Rizzla himself.
Unknown - NGUZUNGUZU
目線 Juke - GEN
Black - Ginger Does'em All
Raisin (False Witness Remix) - Jean Nipon
Super Twister - DJ Mike Q
Hydra - Fatima Al Qadiri
PNP - Rizzla & Blk.Adonis
Bankhead - Kingdom
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