Production has begun and casting has been set for Moonlight, a new film written and directed by Barry Jenkins. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell McCraney the film follows a young man named Chiron who comes of age during the Miami drug wars of the 80s and 90s. Set in three distinct time periods and focused on the most pivotal moments of Chiron’s life, it shows his battle with a deteriorating home life and his own sexuality. Moonlight is being filmed on location in Miami.
The film stars Naomie Harris (Mandela, Southpaw, Spectre), André Holland (Selma, The Knick), and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2, House Of Cards, The Free State Of Jones), along with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe in her film debut. In addition, casting drew from a Miami-based talent search. Local performers Alex R. Hibbert and Jaden Piner will appear, with Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, and Jharrel Jerome rounding out the cast.
Gravitas Ventures has acquired Video On Demand rights in the U.S. and Canada for the comedy Actor For Hire, written and directed by Marcus Mizelle. The film follows an aspiring, desperate, out of work actor who believes he’s not landing parts because he’s bald. After several failed auditions he decides to pawn his “craptop” for a cheap wig, and immediately books a small role on a TV pilot. As new opportunities are suddenly presented, keeping up his new persona becomes a difficult task.
Starring Jesse O’Neill (Ted 2), Jandres Burgos (Reclaim), Jesse C. Boyd (The Walking Dead), Greg Perrow (Anger Management), Najee De-Tiege (Power Rangers Samurai), JT Alexander (10 Cent Pistol) and newcomers Hollie Shay, Cynthia Bravo and Joel Hogan, Actor For Hire is set to hit VOD platforms on January 1st. The film is currently screening in select theaters following a premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Produced by Mizelle alongside independent film producer Jillian Longnecker for Forte Pictures, with Dustin Taylor as Executive Producer, the deal for the U.S. and Canadian VOD rights was negotiated by Gravitas Ventures’ Chad Miller.