Combining the rising star power of Dree Hemingway (“Starlet“) and Keith Stanfield (“Short Term 12“), Logan Sandler’s upcoming Tribeca Film Festival premiere “Live Cargo” has rocketed to the top of our most-anticiatped list for this year’s festival. A moody drama told in black and white, “Live Cargo” uses an intimate story (the pair play a couple who have recently lost a child) to tell a larger political story, set in the Bahamas. Indiewire is pleased to present an exclusive first look at the film, featuring both stars and the impressive photography, in a snap that somehow oozes both empathy and a little bit of fear.
The festival’s official synopsis of the film is a very intriguing one: “Featuring an ethereal tone and stark black-and-white cinematography, ‘Live Cargo’ is set on a small island in the Bahamas that is being torn in two. On one side is a dangerous human trafficker using stolen boats to move Haitians to the United States, and on the other is an aging patriarch, struggling to maintain order. This is the situation grieving couple Nadine and Lewis move into when they journey to the island, hoping to restore their relationship after the tragic death of their newborn child. They soon discover that, no matter how hard they try, nothing on the island is untouched by the effects of human trafficking. Dree Hemingway and Keith Stanfield give fantastic, nuanced performances as Nadine and Lewis, while Robert Wisdom anchors a strong supporting cast. Director Logan Sandler keeps an impressively keen grip on the tone of his debut feature, which is suspenseful and poignant in equal measures, all the while maintaining a sharp focus on the small details of everyday life in the Bahamas.”
The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. You can find more information about the film here. Check out our exclusive first look image from the film above.
For more Stanfield, check out his recent turn in the short film “King Ripple” below.