Kanye West's Film Debut in 'Runaway'

Rapper Kanye West will debut his short film "Runaway" on MTV and BET, Saturday, Oct. 23 -- prancing deer, woman wrapped in feathers and all!

The 40-minute flick has been called "ambitious" and dubbed a "visual accompaniment" to West's forthcoming album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (which drops November 22). West gave fans a taste of the film in his performance at MTV's 2010 Video Music Awards. Watch!

Kanye explained the role to New York magazine. "It's the story of a phoenix fallen to Earth, and I make her my girlfriend, and people discriminate against her, and eventually she has to burn herself alive and go back to her world," adding, "I've been feeling the idea of the phoenix. It's been in my heart for a while. It's maybe parallel to my career. I threw a Molotov cocktail on my career last year, in a way, and I had to come back as a better person."

Directly following the premiere, the rapper will be part of a live Q&A session from the MTV headquarters in Times Square. Viewers who miss the premiere on Oct. 23 at 8:00 PM can catch an encore presentation on VH1 on Oct. 26 at 12:00 AM.

Meanwhile, there have been polarizing reactions to West's cover art for his new album, which features two figures, one white, one black, seemingly engaged in intercourse. Hear what the fans have to say about it, courtesy of