“The Education of Ellis” is a short film that accompanies the main character, Ellis’s, new mixtape, “The Education of Ellis.” This film begins with scenes from “The Education of Sonny Carson,” cut with shots of Baltimore, which have Ellis’s music playing in the background. Unbeknownst to the viewer at the time, this is setting the foreground to Ellis’s journey of becoming a rapper, later finding out that his album is based on the movie, “The Education of Sonny Carson.” Brought in at the beginning through clips, the middle with him watching the movie himself, and at the end when he explains his connection to the film itself, “The Education of Sonny Carson” is integrated throughout the film. “The Education of Ellis “ is scored with original songs by Ellis, having the lyrics take the viewer on his journey, as he progresses towards becoming an established rapper. Shot with snippets of Ellis’s music videos, the conversations happening among those around him, and he himself explaining his motivations, the film presents a view of Ellis as not only a musician on such a journey, but simply as a human as well.
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