The Caribbean based indie tale, “Happy People” has found its cast and begun production in the Bimini islands, The Bahamas. The film marks the directorial debut of AFI alum Logan Sandler.
The film, which started production in Bimini on Monday, September 15, 2014, will star Dree Hemingway (Starlet, the Cosmopolitans, While We Were Young), Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Selma, Straight Outta Compton), Robert Wisdom (The Wire, Dark Night Rises, Nashville, Chicago PD), Leonard Earl Howze (Antwone Fisher, Barbershop, Masters of Sex) and Sam Dillon (Boyhood, Scenes from the Suburbs, Memoria).
“It is incredibly exciting to have such an amazing cast working on this project. Each brings a wealth of talent and experience to the set and I believe the chemistry between these professionals will result in an exciting, complex and nuanced film that asks important societal questions while giving the audience a unique viewing experience,” Sandler stated.
The story follows a young couple, Nadine & Lewis, portrayed by Hemingway and Stanfield, respectively, on a journey to a small Bahamian Island to reclaim their relationship after experiencing a devastating loss. Having grown up part time in this paradise, Nadine becomes embroiled in the complex power politics of the island, yet finds salvation in the aftermath of a Haitian human trafficking tragedy.
Her Bahamian father figure, Roy, played by Wisdom, fights to maintain control of the island against Doughboy, portrayed by Howze, as the two face off in a deadly power struggle, holding the life of a young lost soul played by Dillon in their hands.
This exciting and unique feature will be produced by New York-based Wanted Media’s Thymaya Payne, Lauren Brady, Tina Preschitz, Rene Bastian & Mortimer Canepa.