The billionaire couple, Beyonce & Jay Z‘s “On The Run” stadium tour is officailly over with an emotional ending in Paris, France – the city where they got engaged, and where Blue Ivy was conceived (why this is public knowledge, we couldn’t tell you). In fact, it was in that same city that HOV may have revealed another child on the way. And it looks like they don’t plan on staying quiet, as they release the Dikayl Rimmasch directed, Nowness presented triology dubbed Bang Bang. Part Two arrives on Tuesday, with the HBO special premiering September 20th. Check out Part One after the jump.
Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z. Directed by the New York-based filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch, Bang Bang is a trilogy of short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter’s filmic alter egos, appearing throughout their two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, which celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris. Rimmasch was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z via Mark Romanek, and with a creative cohort in the war photojournalist William Kaner put together a filmmaking approach and aesthetic inspired by French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor, Les Blank. Rimmasch’s stripped-back process paid dividends, allowing an incredibly fast, shoot-from-the-hip style using custom camera rigs that he had designed, 50-year-old Russian lenses and lighting effects by Archie Ciotti and Scott Spencer. Below, we’re in conversation with the steadfast director—also known for his black-and-white campaigns for RRL by Ralph Lauren—about Bang Bang’s conception and what it’s like to direct contemporary music’s most iconic performers.