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Project of the Day: ‘Out Of My Hand’

Project of the Day: 'Out Of My Hand'

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“Out Of My Hand” 

Tweetable Logline: Out of My Hand follows a Liberian rubber plantation worker who risks everything for a new life as a cab driver in New York.


Elevator Pitch: Cisco struggles as a rubber plantation worker in Liberia, when a chance invitation to New York turns his world upside down. But just when he’s getting used to his new life America, he comes to face with Jacob, a former Liberian child solder who forces Cisco to confront the truth of his past.

“Out of My Hand” is the second narrative feature film by a foreign production ever shot in Liberia, and the first to be made in association with Liberian Movie Union, an affiliate of the Liberia government

Production Team:

Takeshi Fukunaga – Writer/Director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3373098

Donari Braxton – Writer/Producer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3645523

Mike Fox – Producer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2833311

Ryo Murakami – Director of Photography
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2295738

About the Production: My exposure to this world came through editing a documentary by Ryo Murakami—also this project’s Director of Photography—about the lives of the workers in rubber tree plantation in Liberia. While the documentary remains unreleased, I was inspired to see how the workers held strength and dignity despite the severe living conditions. Not withstanding the implicit political nature of this film, I most of all wish to tell a universal story about a man who fights, in earnest, for his life and attempts to go beyond his inherent limitations. Which I believe delivers a positive message to any audience.

Current Status:

The production in Liberia was completed last spring and the project is currently seeking funds for production in NY.

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