How I Made It:
NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Winner


It’s a Saturday night. The deadline for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest is Monday. And it’s starting to look like this plan is not going to come together.

Field (R. Field if you insist on anything as formal as a first and last name), is the director of Blackball Universe, a multimedia creative collective in Oakland, California, that happens to be home base for Xavier Dphrepaulezz, aka Fantastic Negrito. It is creative. It is collective. It is, that particular Saturday in January 2015, chaos.

“Some of the band didn’t make it. Then the person filming wasn’t available,” Field said. “We’re, like, scheduling conflicts. The guy that we wanted to shoot it wasn’t available. We’re running short on time. The artist”— this is what Field calls Fantastic Negrito — “had an emergency at home.”

Here’s Field’s edited and condensed account of one very long night of amateur filmmaking that ended in the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest-winning entry. It started when everyone was trying to leave. [READ MORE]



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