Propaganda at NSA [video]

Posted on October 5, 2016

No, not that kind of propaganda. We're talking about Jason Petty, the Los Angeles hip hop artist known as Propaganda.


Hound of Heaven movie posterAs part of a surprising collaboration between NSA's own N.D. Wilson and legendary Japanese filmmaker Hisao Kurosawa, Propaganda arrived on set here in Moscow, Idaho, to play the on-screen narrative voice in a short film, just released on iTunes, called The Hound of Heaven.


The film, which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, adapts the text of Francis Thompson's nineteenth century poem of the same name and sets it in a surrealistic modern world, with NSA student, Danielle Smith, in the lead role. In the film, she "believes she is fleeing death, when she is actually running away from her only chance at life."* A number of other NSA students and alumni also appear throughout the eighteen-minute film.


A trailer for the film can be seen here on the Hollywood Reporter website. Segments of Hound of Heaven were also incorporated into a new music video for the song "How Did You Love" by the band Shinedown, which you can watch here.


In an interview about the film, Wilson explained why he thought Propaganda was the right person to bring this poem to life:


[su_quote]I wanted somebody who is familiar with the rhythms of words and spoken word poetry—that's his medium—verbal rhythms; to really try to bring out the unseen aspects of the poetry. If I had just a random British actor do it ... it just wouldn't have worked. It would have just become noise. And so I think Propaganda's narration does wonders for the overall film.[/su_quote]


During his visit to Moscow, Propaganda also took the time to speak to the entire NSA student body in a roundtable discussion on "Hip Hop, Culture, and Christianity" during our Friday Disputatio. Watch it here:


*from the summary released by Gorilla Poet Productions.

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