Mykki Blanco – High School Never Ends (ft. Woodkid) (Official Music Video)

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The video for “High School Never Ends,” the lead single from Mykki Blanco’s as-yet-unannounced new album, is a Shakespearean tragedy of sorts. Directed by Matt Lambert, it tells a non-linear Romeo and Juliet-like tale, replacing “fair Verona” with scenic rural Germany. The video was produced by Iconoclast in collaboration with The FADER and !K7, and it’s debuting above.

The new clip, which was filmed gorgeously by Control cinematographer Martin Ruhe, is a heartbreaking story about outsiders—in this case, queer ones. Similar to stories about forbidden romance, it ends with unspeakable violence. It’s all set against Mikky’s string-heavy new track, which was produced by and features Woodkid.

According to Mykki Blanco and Matt Lambert, the powerful “High School Never Ends” video is also about the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. “It never once overtly comments on orientation or race, but only ideas of ‘us’ and ‘them,'” said Lambert. “I had once thought Europe was my safe haven from American white supremacy, and how wrong I became,” Mykki Blanco added.

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Director: Matt Lambert
Director of Photography: Martin Ruhe
Editor: Elena Lustig Bromund
Art Director: Marie Patzer
Costume Design: Larissa Bechtold
Make Up: Jana Kalgajeva
Make Up SFX: Julia Grieshaber
Hair Artist: Sara Matthiasson

Executive Producer: Nils Schwemer
Executive Producer: Matt Lambert
Executive Producer: Robert Semmer
Executive Producer: Joseph Patel

Producer: Jannis Birsner
Producer: Alexander Geppert

Assistant Director: Julian Feuerstacke
Production Assistant: Josefa Knippers

Behind The Scenes DOP: Lukas Keuchel
Gaffer: Richard Nitsche
Bestboy: Christian Kuschmitz
Key Grip: Olando Grübel
Focus Puller: Oliver Moron
Clapper Loader: Jonas Maintz
Data Wrangler: Dennis Helm
Sound Technician: Tobias Müller
Art Director’s Assistant: Jakob Lauter
Costume Design Assistant: Luka Mues
Wig Manufacturer: Marc Rieke

Base Manager: Denny Hahnfeldt
Development Assistant: Luca Fuchs
Driver/Runner: Philip Nelz
Driver/Runner: Jakob Jürgensohn
Driver/Runner: Justus Toussaint
Block Service: Bauhoff Freyenstein
Catering: 1055 Mobile Kitchen

Post-Production Supervisor: Kadir Alkan
Sound Design and Composition: Dennis Beckmann
Color Grading: Philipp Orgassa

Featuring: Mykki Blanco, Tobias Kagelind, Emanuel Schiller, Mac Folkes, Lukas Berglund, Mabo Proksch, Markus Bachmann, Negroma, Nicolas Endlicher, Sarah Johnson, Jan Schekauski

Special Thanks to: Andreas Teichner @ Vantage, Arri Mitte, The City of Freyenstein, Car Motion Service

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