Beyoncé & Jay Z short film ‘Bang Bang (Pt. 1)’

I don’t have to say much if you’re on this page to press play on the new Beyoncé & Jay Z short film — except, well, here are some details. Bang Bang is a 3-part short film series directed by Dikayl Rimmasch with Pt. 1 above, Pt. 2 to premiere Tuesday at Nowness, and Pt. 3 to presumably premiere during the Carters’ HBO ‘On The Run’ concert doc on September 20th. Quick sidebar on the latter: scroll below the description of the series for the sentimental way Bey & Jay showed love for each other on their last On The Run Tour date in Paris this weekend. Alas, enjoy pt. 1 of Bang Bang above. ❤

Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z. Directed by the New York-based filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch, Bang Bang is a trilogy of short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter’s filmic alter egos, appearing throughout their two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, which celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris. Rimmasch was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z via Mark Romanek, and with a creative cohort in the war photojournalist William Kaner put together a filmmaking approach and aesthetic inspired by French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor, Les Blank. Rimmasch’s stripped-back process paid dividends, allowing an incredibly fast, shoot-from-the-hip style using custom camera rigs that he had designed, 50-year-old Russian lenses and lighting effects by Archie Ciotti and Scott Spencer. Below, we’re in conversation with the steadfast director—also known for his black-and-white campaigns for RRL by Ralph Lauren—about Bang Bang’s conception and what it’s like to direct contemporary music’s most iconic performers.

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I’m your biggest fan. I love you so much. Give it up for Mr. Carter!

Above, Bey. Below, Jay. Below that, Bey killin’ “Holy Grail”.

I want to say it’s been an honor and a pleasure sharing the stage with you. I couldn’t dream for anything else to be in a stadium with the woman I love, who I believe is the greatest entertainer of our time. Make some noise for Beyonce!