Everyone needs a coffee break. For some, that means actually drinking something laden with caffeine to push you through to the end of the day. For others, that break has little to do with java, and much more to do with a nice distraction from whatever is on your plate that particular day. According to the Scientific American, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.”

Our new recurring segment, Coffee Break, aims to give you just that. Small — albeit worthwhile slices of video content from the web — that should give you exactly what you need when you need to focus on something other than the task at hand.

Donald Glover is now just as revered behind the camera as he is in front – whether rapping or acting – thanks to his Golden Globe-winning television show Atlanta. Rewind a few years and perhaps his talents in filmmaking weren’t as well known back then, but that doesn’t mean he was any less talented.

Released as a prelude to his second studio album as Childish Gambino, Because the Internet, “Clapping for the Wrong Reasons” is a nearly 25-minute short film that offers a nuanced look at a day in the life of… Donald Glover? While it’s not clear if the short is 100% autobiographical, it certainly feels like an insight into the lifestyles of the (young) rich and famous. It’s a world away from the life in Atlanta, but it shows how the rapper/writer/director/actor has been carefully honing his craft for some time.

Glover wrote “Clapping for the Wrong Reasons,” however it was directed by Hiro Murai, who also directed some episodes of Atlanta, and also stars Chance the Rapper, Flying Lotus, Trinidad James, actor Danielle Fishel and porn star Abella Anderson. It’s certainly a mature undertaking, and hints towards his later oeuvre.

In case you missed it, check out last week’s Coffee Break, which highlighted Christopher Nolan’s first film “Doodlebug.”

Words by Marta Sundac
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