Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ Is Inspired By ‘Purple Rain’ & ‘City Of God’ & Will Stream For Free On Amazon For 18 Hours Only

The Playlist | 4/11/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Donald Glover found himself with a free month between finishing up the most recent season of “Atlanta” and embarking on his worldwide musical tour. So, what’s a creative powerhouse like Glover to do with his free time? Will he go, kick back, and relax in Mexico? No, he goes off to Cuba with Rihanna, Letitia Wright, and other actors and produces a new film with director Hiro Murai called “Guava Island.”

And in a new report about the creation of the film from Vanity Fair, we learn exactly what went into producing and distributing a film that is kept under a veil of secrecy. The film is described as a “music-driven hour-long film shot largely in secret in Havana.” The report says that Glover’s film is influenced by Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Fernando Meirelles’s “City of God.” A pretty intriguing dichotomy, right there.

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Amazon executive Jennifer Salke decided to distribute the film after viewing a four-and-a-half minute sizzle reel that she could watch only once and expired 30 minutes after she opened it. That’s some ‘Mission: Impossible’ secrecy, there.

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