Terence Nance

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Terence Nance
Born (1982-02-10) February 10, 1982 (age 40)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
  • Filmmaker
  • writer
  • director
  • actor
  • musician
Years active2007–present

Terence Nance (born February 10, 1982) is an American filmmaker, writer, director, actor and musician from Dallas, Texas.[1][2] He is best known for his directing debut An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, and as the creator of the avant-garde TV "program" Random Acts of Flyness, which is produced by his production company MVMT and airs on HBO.

Early life[edit]

Nance was born in Dallas, Texas. He earned his MFA from New York University where he studied visual art.[3]


Nance's 2012 film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty incorporates an earlier short film, animation and an original score.[4] It premiered in the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier section in 2012 and was also screened as part of the 2012 New Directors/New Films Festival in New York.[5] Scholar Terri Francis has described it as "...an experimental film...that recreates the unspoken space amid friendship and relationships. Starring Terence Nance himself and the girl with whom he is caught up in this difficult dance, the film shifts between reconstruction and reimagining using both animation and live action."[6] The film was also featured at a screening as part of the Afrofuturist Film Festival at the New School on 3 May 2015.[7]

In August 2018, Nance's TV series Random Acts of Flyness debuted on HBO. In September 2018, Nance was announced as the director of the sequel of Space Jam, produced by Ryan Coogler.[8] On July 16, 2019, it was announced that Nance left the project because he and "the studio/producers had different takes on the creative vision for Space Jam: A New Legacy[9]", though he retained both screenwriting and executive producing credits.[10]

Nance also composes and performs music under the alias "Terence Etc.", composing some of the music for his Random Acts of Flyness series and releasing his debut EP Things I Never Had in January 2020. His debut full-length album V O R T E X was released on August 19, 2022 under the Brainfeeder label.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Nance is in a relationship with Naima Ramos-Chapman. The two met while she interviewed him for Saint Heron, the creative agency owned by Solange Knowles.[12][13]



Year Title Credited as Role Notes
Director Writer Producer Actor
2009 No Ward Yes Yes Documentary
2012 An Oversimplification of Her Beauty Yes Yes Yes Yes Himself Feature directorial debut
Also editor and animator
2016 Women Who Kill Yes Darren
2018 The Burial of Kojo Yes
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Yes Executive Replaced as director by Malcolm D. Lee

Short films[edit]

Year Title Credited as Role Notes Ref.
Director Writer Producer Actor
2010 How Would You Feel? Yes Yes Yes
2011 Native Sun Yes Yes
2015 Swimming in Your Skin Again Yes Yes
2016 Univitellin Yes Yes Yes
They Charge for the Sun Yes Yes
2017 The Paris Project Co-producer Yes Michael Wynton
2018 Piu Piu Executive Yes Himself
2018 Nowhere, Nobody Yes Yes Co-directed and co-written with Naima Ramos-Chapman [14]


Year Title Credited as Role Notes
Director Writer Executive
2015–17 The Show About the Show Yes Tony
2017 Lost & Found Yes Jonathan
2018–present Random Acts of Flyness Yes Yes Yes Yes Himself Also creator, composer and editor


Studio albums[edit]

  • V O R T E X (2022)


  • Things I Never Had (2020)


Year Ceremony Category Result
2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Creative Arts Recipient


  1. ^ "Terence Nance is Defying Gravity for Black Creatives in Hollywood".
  2. ^ "Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise". bam.org. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  3. ^ Macaulay, Scott (19 July 2012). "Terence Nance". Filmmaker. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Terence Nance". Filmmaker. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  5. ^ "2012 New Directors/New Films Full Lineup Announced!". 23 February 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Close-Up Gallery: The Afrosurrealist Film Society". Retrieved 3 January 2017.Francis, Terri. "Close-Up Gallery: The Afrosurrealist Film Society." Black Camera 5.1 (2013): 209-219. Project MUSE. Web. 3 May. 2015.
  7. ^ "Afro Futurism Conference 2015 — e V e N T + T I C K e T S". Archived from the original on 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  8. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (September 19, 2018). "LeBron James Sets 'Black Panther's' Ryan Coogler to Produce 'Space Jam' Sequel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 16, 2019). "Malcolm D. Lee Takes Over As Director On 'Space Jam 2'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "Space Jam 2". directories.wga.org. Retrieved 2022-11-03.
  11. ^ Sacher, Andrew (19 August 2022). "Notable Releases of the Week (8/19)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 27 November 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "FILMMAKER NAIMA RAMOS-CHAPMAN SUBVERTS EXPECTATIONS".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "The Filmmaker with Empathy for Cersi Lannister". 18 October 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Green, Dylan (February 7, 2019). "Earl Sweatshirt's 'Nowhere, Nobody' Co-Director Breaks Down the Film: "They Have the Code"". DJ Booth. Retrieved April 4, 2021.

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