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Here's the GIF that inspired Flying Lotus to start making films

Producer's short film to premiere at Sundance NEXT FEST.

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You likely know Flying Lotus best for being a producer extraordinaire, founder of his own label Brainfeeder, and/or the right-hand man of bassist Thundercat. But now he's on his way to earning a new title: filmmaker.

The experimental DJ's directorial debut, a short film titled Royal, will premiere at Sundance's NEXT FEST next month under his alias "steve." And FlyLo has described it as "an awkward love story that's definitely not for the kiddies." Though he's scored another shortie before (FUCKKKYOUUU), he took to Twitter today to passionately explain this new venture, its inspiration, and what it ultimately means for Brainfeeder:

"Happy I'm finally able to share the news. There's been something brewing.... In October of last year there was this pretty awesome gif going around of me and Thom Yorke djing. I was fixated on this for a whole day and thought. Shit. I can make stuff like that. So now after lots of toiling tinkering begging and bothering I'm able to tell u this. Brainfeeder has started a film division. It started off with an animation and became something else. [David Firth] started teaching me animation. So he was the first person I signed. My first thing is called 'Royal' it's an awkward love story that's definitely not for the kiddies. It will debut at the Sundance /Next fest. I know I usually deliver album news around now but look at this face.... There will obviously be music :) There's so much I wanna say about all this stuff. I knw the world is crazy. I just wanna entertain u. Come see my directorial debut 'Royal' at Sundance / next fest in LA this August. Let my unfiltered imagination wash over your lovely face."

But for those not feeling his new project, FlyLo also revealed he'd be bringing it back to the basics with a new album from Thundercat this year.

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