Kendrick Lamar-Inspired Short Film to Debut at Sundance's Next Fest

Kendrick Lamar is headed to Sundance, sorta. A new short film inspired by the acclaimed rapper's debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, will debut at the Sundance Institute's first annual Next Fest at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Aug. 9.

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Directed by Kahlil Joseph and commissioned by Lamar, m.A.A.d stars a cast of unknowns and is described by organizers as a 14-minute "kaleidoscope of storylines and ideas that defy typical categorization to explore new languages and new forms."

m.A.A.d will serve as the quasi-opening act for the night's screening of Malik Vitthal's Imperial Dreams, which won the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Joseph is set to be on hand for a panel discussion directly following the screening. Rising singer Tinashe will perform.

Sundance's Next Fest (Aug. 7-10) looks to focus on the intersection of music and film, and each screening will incorporate a special musical performance or panel. Other performers that have been announced include Father John Misty and Warpaint.