What better match to a new riff on Vitamin C's graduation jam "Friends Forever" that music video that takes a similar riff on those pre-End Credit sequences that shows us what all the characters went on to achieve (or not). Adding to the specialness is a star-studded cast, ranging from Hailee Steinfeld to Dove Cameron, Maddie Ziegler, Lil Dicky and song performers Benny Blanco and Juice WRLD.
Meet Nilda from Honduras. Read her story via the subtitles, listing the tragedies and horrors and, most crucially, the perseverance beyond what you can imagine in your own life. And keep reading, as she heads to The Border and into the arms of America, where the the story remains tragic with separations and uncertainty while she waits to see if she's actually reached safety and a new home, or if this is just a calm before she gets boomeranged back to square one.
How to make a dance video when your artist can't dance? Watch "I Found Love" and see the easy solution — although, having guest stars like Halsey and Lil Dicky does give Benny and video director Jake Schrier a distinct advantage.
Wise men enter prison with a brave face, but they also leave with fear as they step out into the unknowns of freedom. That's the crux of this short story of a music video Woody Harrelson as a long incarcerated man reconnecting with his daughter — played by real-life daughter, Zoe Harrelson — and the rest of his life.
"Song For Someone" serves as a thematic tie-in with Sundance series RECTIFY, about a perhaps innocent man who gets freed after 19 yers on Death Row.
Don't call it a comeback, but "Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)" marks the music video return of two of my faves: director AG Rojas and Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha. And it's one motherf**k of a return, presenting an epic and exhausting brawl between Cop and Kid that might not detonate on-screen, but could prove explosive as a nationwide conversation about police brutality rages on.
AG Rojas, director: "When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It's provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They're not stereotypes. They're people - complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They've already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it."