Online event: 5 Stages of Nile with Miles Reuben & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Online event: 5 Stages of Nile with Miles Reuben & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

Still from NILE. A person with dark skin tone reclining in the grass alongside a lake with a city in the background
Still from "Nile"
12PM-11:59 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri July 8, 2022 - Fri July 15, 2022
12PM-11:59 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Online event: 5 Stages of Nile with Miles Reuben & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell




About the program:

In an intimate conversation artist, curator and CBIM member Darryl DeAngelo Terrell speaks with filmmaker Miles Reuben about his 2020 short film “NILE: A Visual Embodiment of a Sonic Experience.” The conversation follows themes of grief, family relationship, fatherhood, and spirituality along with the creative process it took to make the film.

Starting at 12 PM Central Time on July 8th, “NILE: A Visual Embodiment of a Sonic Experience” and a pre-recorded conversation with the artist and curator will be available on this page as well as on the Block's Vimeo. The program will be available to watch for free for a 7-day period.

About the film:

“NILE: A Visual Embodiment of a Sonic Experience” is a non-linear short film that exhibits the various memories of a son’s journey to rebuild his connection to his late father. A five-part story told through imagery, poetry, dance, and music - based on the song “Nile” by Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar.

"NILE acts as a revealing letter of my own journey with my father. It explores the prominent emotions that I faced regarding his life, his death, and the aftermath of both. The film is brought to life by the performances and hard work of my talented friends and the vulnerability of men in my family. It’s a passion project that I envisioned in 2019 when listening to the song from Beyoncé & Kendrick. I teamed up with my brother, Gary Jay, and we automatically went to work to create a film that doesn’t just act as my own letter of truth, but as a relatable piece for those involved and those who watch and to honor the song that helped craft this story. - Director Miles N. Reuben


About the filmmaker:

MILES NAASIR REUBEN is a Detroit-based award-winning independent filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer. Growing up in Detroit, Miles is inspired by his forever changing city - from its past roots to the potential future. He combines his observations of his environment and the diverse people of the city of Detroit, MI with his admiration of science fiction, comic books, and early 2000’s Cartoon Network’s Toonami shows, all while centering his work through the lens of blackness. Believing that Black stories are universal, and that they can translate to all people in multiple genres and stories, Miles creates narrative films that provides humanity to those who exist on the intersection of blackness, queerness, spirituality, etc.  Miles’ personal narrative, experiences and observations have influenced his work, allowing him to explore subjects of black fatherhood, black family structure, spirituality, coming-of-age, and individual/collective grief - all integral subjects of his own life and family. 


CBIM bio:

Founded in 2017 by L’soft and zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal, CBIM facilitates dialogue and meaningful collaborations amongst lens-based artists whose concerns are specific to the diverse spectrums of Black identified experiences, while also highlighting alternative visions and critiques of black aesthetics.

CBIM prioritizes the critical connections between lens-based practices and the demand for visual integrity.


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