Though Logan Sandler’s film “Live Cargo” is set in the Bahamas, it doesn’t reflect the archetypal tropical paradise, but instead a sharp look at the daily machinations of the island community. Filmed in black-and-white, the film stars Dree Hemingway (“Starlet”) and Keith Stanfield (“Atlanta”) as Nadine and Lewis, a couple who has recently experienced a devastating loss and travels to the island in order to restore their relationship. But when they arrive, they find that the island community is unraveling, with the island’s mayor squaring off against a human trafficker who manipulates an impressionable homeless teenager into assisting with his smuggling operation. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film is Sandler’s feature-length debut. It was co-written and produced by Thymaya Payne, who previously produced and directed the award-winning documentary “Stolen Seas.” The film co-stars Robert Wisdom (“The Wire”), Leonard Earl Howze (“Kevin Can Wait”), and newcomer Sam Dillon.
“Live Cargo” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and later premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival, the Sao Paulo International Film Festival and more. It will screen at AFI FEST in the American Independents Program at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters today, November 11, and Sunday, November 13.