Famuyiwa began with “The Wood,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Talk to Me,” but really made a splash when he wrote and directed 2015’s smart and insightful coming of age film “Dope,” starring a pre-“The Get Down” Shameik Moore. Set in Inglewood, California, the film follows high school geek Malcolm as he hangs out with his friends, works through a crush, and has hopes of getting accepted to his dream school, Harvard.
For Showtime’s “The Chi,” created by Lena Waithe, Famuyiwa acts as executive producer and the director for the pilot. The series examines the Southside of Chicago and what happens to its group of residents when one event shakes up the neighborhood. The close and sympathetic look at a community fits right in Famuyiwa’s wheelhouse. He even gets to include scenes of the city’s youth riding bikes around, a la “Dope.”
“The Chi” airs new episodes on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.
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