Justin Bua, better known as BUA is one of my favorite visual artists. Known for his streetscapes and depictions of city life. The other day while scrolling I stumbled across a video one of my former classmates directed called “Rhythm of the City” which animates BUA’s iconic works to a soundtrack provided by DJ Qbert and cellist Dana Leong. The result is stunning and was released by Tribeca Film.
Shouts to Julie Gratz – this is a dope project!
TribecaFilm.com is proud to premiere “Rhythm of the City.” Directed and animated by Bushwick-based filmmaker Julie Gratz, it’s a two-minute excursion into an otherworldly version of New York City in the 1980s, turning four classic paintings from acclaimed artist Justin Bua—or, simply, BUA—into one vibrantly lifelike trip, via the magic of Photoshop. Gratz’s reinterpretations of BUA’s “The DJ,” “1981” and “The Boombox” are backed by an original musical composition from collaborators DJ Qbert and world-renown cellist Dana Leong. The cumulative effect is like entering the mind of a two-headed Crazy Legs/Ralph Bakshi hybrid.
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