As Told To G/D Thyself, the highly anticipated short film from Kamasi Washington makes its public debut exclusively on Apple Music — watch here. Originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the film is inspired by Washington’s critically acclaimed second album Heaven and Earth.
Directed by a collaborative collective The Ummah Chroma which consists of Bradford Young (Selma, Arrival, Solo: A Star Wars Story), Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness), Jenn Nkiru (Second unit director on Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “APESHIT,” Rebirth Is Necessary), Marc Thomas (Michael & Javier) and Kamasi Washington.
The film’s debut caps off a whirlwind year for Washington. Heaven and Earth and its counterpart The Choice were released in June of 2018 to widespread acclaim. Washington has toured the world over with sold-out shows in North America and Europe, including New York’s Apollo Theater and London’s Brixton Academy, as well as dates with Florence + the Machine at Hollywood Bowl, Barclays Center and beyond.
Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer born and raised in Los Angeles. Forming his first band, the Young Jazz Giants, with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Ronald Bruner, Jr. and Cameron Graves in high school, Washington went on to study ethnomusicology at UCLA and play with Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq and more. His debut album, The Epic, was released in 2015 to rapturous critical reception, embraced as one of the best of the year and awarded the inaugural American Music Prize. Heaven and Earth follows The Epic as well as Washington’s 2017 EP Harmony of Difference, an exploration of the musical concept of counterpoint that debuted as an original work for the 2017 Whitney Museum of Art Biennial.