Reality Is Not Good Enough

Reality Is Not Good Enough

Experimental comedy-drama, Reality Is Not Good Enough (2021), coming March 1, 2024.
Reality Is Not Good Enough is created by Rashayla Marie Brown.

Reality Is Not Good Enough is a sensitive and humorous tribute to the director’s mother, who dreamed of being a reality TV star, no matter how exploited she might become. Much to her daughter’s chagrin, the glamorous biracial adoptee from a Trumpmaniac family appears on a failed WeTV pilot. The director's sisters and nieces humorously flip these stereotypes and tragic devices of unscripted TV with surprising dexterity, citing Josephine Baker to Oprah Winfrey. Set to a masterful jazz score by MacArthur Genius Tomeka Reid, this experimental comedy-drama shows Black women with power behind the camera as much as they are in front of it.

Rashayla Marie Brown (RMB) is an “undisciplinary” artist, cultural critic, educator, writer, and self-proclaimed nomad who changes narratives in any art form available to her. These narratives blur the line between popular media, academia, and contemporary art to foster radical acts beyond mere representation. Creating visually poetic and emotionally engaging artworks with a deeply critical eye towards medium and audience, RMB works in installation, photography, performance, writing, video and filmmaking alongside a visionary critique of power structures.

Reality Is Not Good Enough
  • Reality Is Not Good Enough (2016)

    Rashayla Marie Brown tries to make a film subverting racial and gender stereotypes about reality television using her family as a subject. Instead, she ends up questioning her relationships, the stability of her mother to withstand the project, and the challenges of independent filmmaking in gene...