Details on Kanye West’s new short film, RUNAWAY

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
September 15th, 2010

Despite Kanye West's, ahem, behavioral issues, I find him to be strangely compelling. And though after a year of debate about the Video Music Awards debacle with Taylor Swift has turned me immune to any "news" about the rapper, he can still occasionally catch my eye. Maybe I'm a sucker for West's former collaboration with Spike Jonze, the bizarre and haunting short, WE WERE ONCE A FAIRYTALE, but I don't so much mind a cinematic West.

West is now reportedly working on a forty minute short film, called RUNAWAY (from one of his new songs, which he premiered at this year's VMAs). Pitchfork has gathered some information on the forthcoming short, and most of it appears to be pretty self-involved. I know you're shocked. But some of the visuals from film's trailer (check out how to see it, after the break) are interesting. This could go either way - it could be totally engaging or completely vacuous.

New York Magazine captured West at a Fashion Week event, and got further details out of him. West says that RUNAWAY "40-minute noir piece based on his new album" that tells "the story of a phoenix fallen to Earth, and I make her my girlfriend, and people discriminate against her and eventually she has to burn herself alive and go back to her world." Oh, Kanye. Metaphors. Also, are you a Harry Potter fan? West continued on to say, "I've been feeling the idea of the phoenix. It's been in my heart for a while. It's maybe parallel to my career. I threw a Molotov cocktail on my career last year, in a way, and I had to come back as a better person." Yes, West, it's maybe parallel to your career, because you haven't risen yet.

You can check out the film's trailer on West's site, right HERE. There is no word on release plans for RUNAWAY, but we do know it's part of West's upcoming album, due out on November 16.

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