Making his feature film directorial debut with Kuso, “Steve” (i.e. Steven Ellison) – who, on stage, goes by both Flying Lotus and Captain Murphy depending on if he’s behind the decks or rhyming on the mic, respectively – is taking Sundance Film Festival audiences on a 93-minute surrealist journey that dabbles in cinematic grotesquerie.
According to the film’s sanctioned log line: “Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, Kuso is tangled up in the aftermath of Los Angeles’ worst quake nightmare. Travel between screens and between aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived.”
Paralleling the cataclysmic earthquake event, Flying Lotus makes George Clinton earn his IMDB credit, directing the legendary funk disciple to hover over a person while a space cockroach allegedly emerges from his nether regions.
Also, don’t overlook the film’s intimidating lineup of musical co-conspirators lending their sounds to the bizarre motion picture in the spirit of enhancing the sensory overload:
- Aphex Twin
- Akira Yamaoka
- Kamasi Washington
- Miguel Atwood Ferguson
- The Buttress
- Niki Randa
This film has cult-classic potential. Look out for a screening near you soon. (Hint: you might be able to stream the entire thing online someplace too.)