Fly Paper is a 23-minute ensemble tribute to black Harlem and ranks with the best of Joseph’s work, featuring an unforgettable dance sequence by Ben Vereen and Storyboard P, a cozy attic jam with Lauryn Hill, seizure-type closeups of Thundercat shredding his bass guitar – and original Flying Lotus beats through a banging-ass Funktion-One sound system. It’s a full experience.
Plotwise, Fly Paper follows Vereen around his character’s old stomping grounds in Harlem, and into the realms of memory and madness. Decoding Joseph can be challenging or straight-up beside the point, but we know Fly Paper was specifically inspired by the late photographer Roy DeCarava, whose out-of-print book with Langston Hughes, The Sweet FlyPaper of Life, provides the film’s title. “Shadow Play” likely refers to DeCarava’s photography.
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