“Black people are light years more advanced than the ideas and images that circulate would have you believe. The spaces we control and exist are my ground zero for filming, at least so far, and there are opportunities for me to tap into the energy…” – Kahlil Joseph
Featuring a score by electronic musician Flying Lotus, Wildcat is the latest short film from director — and member of the Los Angeles-based filmmaker collective What Matters Most — Kahlil Joseph (Until The Quiet Comes).
A work of lyrical ethnography and a document of fringe Americana, Wildcat employs beautiful black-and-white images to explore the relatively unknown subculture of African-American rodeo. According to Nowness, Joseph “…visited the annual August rodeo in the sparsely populated Oklahoma town of Grayson (previously Wildcat), an event that attracts African-American bull riders, barrel racers and cowgirls from all over the Midwest and southern USA. He set out to celebrate the origins of the rodeo by paying respect to the spirit of Aunt Janet, a member of the family who founded the event, passed away last year and is embodied as the young girl in the film.”