Young Roots, Deep Rhymes: a film about Priest

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Shorts: Music in Focus
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 14, 2021 12:00 AM - Thu, May 27, 2021 11:59 PM

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A collection of music videos and films centered on how music can impact our lives.

Virtual Available In:USA
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Programs:Shorts
Minnesota Made
Spotlight: Common Ground
Women & Film
Minnesota Made
Black Perspectives
Women Directors
Release Year:2020
Runtime:26 min
Director:Josh Chitwood
Morgan Chitwood
Producer:Tryenyse Jones
Mark Collier
Screenwriter:Josh Chitwood
Morgan Chitwood
Principal Cast:Priest Jones
Tryenyse Jones
Stacey Jones


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As a young African American artist, Priest is a role model who is calling youth to have pride in who they are and where they came from.

Director Biography

Josh Chitwood was born in Indiana in 1994 and was raised in a small southern Illinois town. As a transplant family from Indianapolis, and with Syrian-Lebanese roots, his family did not fit the mold of this rural town. Filmmaking and the creative process became his outlet at an early age. Throughout high school, Josh began developing his craft by making skate films, short documentaries and videos for his parent's church. Josh co-owns Chitwood Media, a Minneapolis-based film company, with his wife Morgan. The heart of their work is to create films that cultivate inspiration, expand perspective, empower community and affirm hope. Their films reflect the unique creativity ingrained in each individual that goes beyond mimicking the popular. The themes of their storytelling and cinematography challenge misconception, reveal beauty, and reflect their personal faith. In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time in his home and community with Morgan and their three sons, Marquelle, Reggie and Tony.

Screening as a part of Shorts: Music in Focus