Jamila Woods & Chance The Rapper Ask CPS High School Students To Make Their Next Video
By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on May 23, 2017 9:33PM
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Chance the Rapper's outreach to Chicago Public Schools students isn't just about million-dollar oversized checks, you know. And Jamila Woods' youth engagement goes beyond her longtime role as Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors. Case in point, Chance and Woods are reaching out to CPS high school kids to not just help out with making of their new music video, but spearhead the very creative concept.
Both beloved locally-grown artists put out a call on social media on Tuesday afternoon asking students to submit video treatments for "LSD," a Chicago-to-bone highlight from Woods' great HEAVN album—one of our runaway favorites of 2016. It of course features Chance's immortal "This here ain't for no Vice doc / This here ain't for no Spike op" verse.
ATTENTION CPS STUDENT FILMMAKERS pic.twitter.com/0u9fR0yX1W— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) May 23, 2017
One student's treatment will be used for the vid, and he or she will work on set with the production crew; other promising students will be set up to shadow another production set. Woods and Chance—in partnership with Jagjaguwar, Closed Sessions and VAM Studio—ask entrants to send PDF treatments to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 2. The clip will be co-directed by Brown Girls creator Sam Bailey. Get those ideas kicking, kids.
While you set the creative juices flowing, or if you're eons too old to participate (hi!), you can check out Woods' great recent video for "Holy" (also directed by Bailey) below; and remember that Woods plays Day Three of this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, in Union Park.