In A Minute: The Movie

A film by Bret "Downroc" Syfert and Derrick "Fatnice" Jackson, Starring Puppet Nice


During the concurrent pandemic lockdown and intensified racial violence of 2020, Derrick and I collaborated on the "In A Minute" project as a way to process the stress on our mental health that we were experiencing.

We agreed to commit to a daily routine of creative expression. Each day, he recorded a vocal for his puppet persona, Puppet Nice. These vocals could be anything that inspired him in that moment. Sometimes he sang a song. Sometimes he read a piece of literature. Sometimes he rapped. The only restriction was that it had to be one minute or less.

Then, I acted out that vocal in front of a camera and through the puppet, combining the footage with whatever music, visuals, paper sculptures and DIY special effects I could fit into one day. By the end of that day, we would have a one-minute video to post on social media. By the end of that summer, we had produced 67 videos.

"In A Minute Movie" is a continuous narrative made by editing all of these videos together and adding some new footage. It was amazing to me to see how all of these seemingly random videos came together to paint a clear portrait of the experience of living through that time. Thank you for watching.