From the Archives: Political Personas

In collaboration with Dazed Media, WYPIPO addresses the violence inflicted upon black people in America stoked by fear of the unknown. Starring rapper Mykki Blanco, the short film is directed by Brian & Karl, Jean Paula, Florian Joahn, and takes inspiration from stories like #PermitPatty, which saw a white woman who called the police on a black kid selling water, and #BarbecueBecky, a woman who reported black kids simply for cooking food. 

Using a pop art aesthetic, chaotic editing and utilising Blanco’s political persona (the artist has a painted white face for a portion of the short) the film questions why movements like #BlackLivesMatter still fall on deaf ears in spite of its persistent messages as black people continue to be killed and discriminated against in contemporary American society. 

Brian & Karl are a hugely successful London-based filmmaking duo who hold a large online presence with their politically charged short-form content, branded collaborations and punchy music videos.Florian Joahn is a German photographer and concept maker, and JeanPaul Paula is Paris-based stylist and photographer. 

WYPIPO played at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in 2019 as part of its documentary strand. ASFF – which returns for its 10th edition in 2020 – has expanded its non-fiction strand in recent to include feature films and a groundbreaking programme of interactive factual storytelling. At its heart however, remains a varied, insightful and expansive array of short-form documentaries like Bishopp’s that range from classic linear filmmaking to more visually experimental entries, all from a vast range of different countries. 

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

BAFTA-qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.