When Chance the Rapper filmed a secret concert four years ago, he intended to make a movie for the big screen but ended up shelving the project after not knowing how to edit all the footage. But while hunkered down in his home during the pandemic, the Grammy winner took the opportunity to educate himself about the craft of filmmaking. Chance hosted and performed in several virtual concerts including “Chi-Town Christmas” — which he wrote and directed — giving him enough confidence to revisit the idea of making his own film.
“I had a lot of editing notes and ideas, but I didn’t know how to edit,” he recalled. “But during the pandemic, I started doing virtual concerts and actually directing them myself. I picked up all these skills that filmmakers have — one of them was figuring how to edit and work with editors. I needed that.” Now, Chance’s filmmaker aspirations are coming into fruition with his concert film Magnificent Coloring World, which premieres Aug. 13 in select AMC Theatres.
The concert was filmed in his hometown of Chicago during his Magnificent Coloring World Tour in 2017, shortly after winning three Grammys through his 2016 independent project Coloring Book, which won best rap album. The project became the first streaming-only album to win the award. He also took home the best new artist trophy and best rap performance for his song “No Problem” featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.