Equal parts love story, road movie, and Americana, DREAMSTATES tells the haunting tale of two wayward souls (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman) discovering their love for one another in their dreams and reality while touring the United States with some of the most pivotal figures of the Afro-Punk movement – Sultry, sensual, and quixotic, an underground portrait of America: haunted and hollow.
A visual poem that stands to the historically recurring theme of resourceful black genius in music and filmmaking, and the powerful black feminine artistic gaze.
In her debut feature film, made in collaboration with Saul Williams (SLAM), Anisia Uzeyman’s hypnotic, non-linear storytelling spurs a dreamlike, recursive experience as audiences are taken on an underground journey where myths and reality blur. Experimental visions are built by steadily layering enigmatic black spaces onto hyper saturated colors, a bold approach with an iPhone as the film’s camera.
–Roya Rastegar & Stephanie Owens, L.A Film Festival
To Anisia Uzeyman, the United States are a dream. Complete with surreal landscapes and too real terrors, her portrait of the country is both a panegyric and a cautionary tale. Shot in 2012 on an iPhone 4 and 4S, Dreamstates finds success in moments of sincerity allowed by an inconspicuous, always-ready camera. With a more traditional approach and an earlier release date, Uzeyman could have made the same splash that Sean Baker did at Sundance 2015 with iPhone-shot Tangerine. But rather than emulate a big-budget aesthetic, Uzeyman makes poetry of love, pain and music within the black American experience.
-T. Anthony Schear, REELYDOPE
Starring acclaimed poet/actor Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman, CX KIDTRONIK, Pegasus Warning, Beau Sia, William Nadylam, Julien Chirol & Zach Prewitt
Written & Directed by
Jean Marie Lengellé (Blue is the Warmest Color, Timbuktu)
Blake Leyh (The Wire, Tremé, Into the Woods)
Saul Williams (Niggy Tardust, Marty Loser King)
Emilie Saada / Triune Productions Ltd
Maripol For Special Effects, Punk Rock of Gibraltar
Maripol, Annie Maurette, Dave Guenette, Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman, Maï Lucas, Neptune Frost
DREAMSTATES USA LIMITED RELEASE TOUR 2017
Press: Kathryn Frazier / BIZ3
Rwandan Director Anisia Uzeyman Asks: “Can Black Love Survive the American Dream?”
Rwandan playwright and actress Anisia Uzeyman discuss her film Dreamstates entirely shot on iPhones
BBC: THE ARTS HOUR
‘Dreamstates’ Explores Love By Indie Means At BlackStar Film Festival
LA Film Fest 2016 Women Directors: Meet Anisia Uzeyman — “Dreamstates”
WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD
DREAMSTATES: Anisia Uzeyman & Saul Williams
DIRECTED BY WOMEN
LAFF 2016: Anisia Uzeyman’s ‘Dreamstates’ to Debut at LA Film Festival
HOLLYWOOD BLACK RENAISSANCE
Dreamstates: soñar despiertos en un roadtrip musical