BRONZE FUTURE: LETTERS FOR 2045
Poets and writers have always printed up their chapbooks on paper. Molina Speaks has continued his Futurist work by creating a spoken word video chapbook – a digital diary to the future. This work is the first of its kind. Before the Bronze Future project, you might google “spoken word video chapbook” and find videos of people talking about chapbooks… but not what you might consider a spoken word video chapbook.
Bronze Future is a thematic collection of raps, poems, letters, and reflections, each piece filmed in a unique location around the city of Denver, Colorado, including the barrios of Five Points, East Side, West Side, Elyria-Swansea, and also Commerce City and the plains just east of Denver.
This project was inspired by old school Chicano Teatro and the new school DIY (do-it-yourself) movement. Each video was filmed outside, in natural light, without a microphone or other video props. Bronze Future was filmed and co-produced by Nathan Schmit.
Special thank you to Chris G of Cherry Sound Studios for logistical support, as well as contributing artists DJ Cavem Moetavation, Asia Fajardo-Wright, Mannequin Rituals, and DJ Icewater.
Pt. 1 of 8: BROWN IS BEAUTIFUL (filmed in the barrio of West Side Denver)
Pt. 2 of 8: MI GENTE LIVE (filmed in the barrio of Elyria Swansea Denver, scenes 2 and 3 at the GrowHaus)
Pt. 3 of 8: OPEN YOUR EYEZ (featuring Chris G on Cajon, filmed in the barrio of Five Points Denver)
Pt. 4 of 8: URBAN SPIRITUALIST (featuring Asia Fajardo-Wright on saxaphone, filmed in the barrio of East Side Denver)
Pt. 5 of 8: MI HIJO SPEAK NO ESPANGLISH (filmed in the barrio of West Side Denver)
Pt. 6 of 8: BLACK XICANA (featuring the music of DJ Cavem Moetavation, filmed in the barrio of Five Points Denver)
Pt. 7 of 8: NOTHING… BUT GHOSTS (featuring the music of Mannequin Rituals, filmed on the edges Elyria-Swansea Denver and Commerce City, Colorado)
Pt. 8 of 8: XICANO FUTURIST (filmed east of Denver, central plains)