Qasim Basir’s follow-up to his feature film directorial debut “Mooz-Lum,” has officially begun principal photography.
In the drama, titled “Destined,” a pivotal moment in 13-year-old Rasheed’s life splits off into two possible outcomes: in one, he becomes an up-and-coming architect being used by cynical real estate developers to gentrify and destroy his old neighborhood, and in the other he becomes a powerful drug lord who rules his surroundings but may regret what he’s built.
Produced by Tommy Oliver via and his Confluential Films banner (“1982,” “Kinyarwanda”), the film stars starring Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham, Zulay Henao, Rob Riley, Jason Dohring, Mo McRae, Hill Harper and LaLa Anthony.
Currently shooting in Detroit, “Destined” is co-produced by Rick Rosenthal for Whitewater Films and Matt Ratner for Tilted Windmill Productions. Executive producers are Tom Rau, Walter Thurmond, Bert Kern, Hill Harper, Cory Hardrict, Nick Morton, Arun Kumar and Hasan Golzari.
As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m certainly intrigued by the concept; the parrallel worlds/lives angle is attractive and I’m looking forward to seeing how Qasim builds this universe on screen.
Another feature film by and about black people to look out for in 2015.