Remember when photos of Donald Glover and Rihanna filming in Cuba sent the internet into a frenzy last summer? The outcome of that mysterious collaboration is finally here. Glover rolled out his short film Guava Island with numerous stunts at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’s first weekend, ahead of his headlining set Friday night (April 12) as Childish Gambino.
Glover held an intimate screening for the 54-minute film one day earlier, inviting a small group of guests to view the short inside a theater on the festival grounds. The film later appeared on YouTube’s Coachella livestream Friday evening, as was previously announced, and hit Amazon Prime for free online streaming on Saturday (April 13) at 12:01 a.m. PT. (The only catch is that Guava Island will be restricted to Amazon Prime Video subscribers only starting at 6:01 p.m. PT on April 13.)
Glover tapped his Atlanta and “This Is America” music video director Hiro Murai for the film, which co-stars Rihanna, Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones). The plot centers on a musician named Deni (played by Glover) who tries to put on a music festival in his island hometown. Glover weaves his songs “This is America,” “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer” into the film, while Rihanna, who plays Deni’s girlfriend, doesn’t sing.
Notably, Gambino made no formal mention of the project at his closing Friday set, though his performance featured plenty of island imagery — like palm trees and volcanoes — and tropical sounds blared out of the speakers between songs.
You’re all invited to our staycation with @donaldglover and @rihanna. The new #ChildishGambino film #GuavaIsland will be available on Prime Video starting Saturday 4/13 at 12:01am PST. pic.twitter.com/rxXecJEfzp
— Amazon Prime Video (@PrimeVideo) April 11, 2019