Jacky Ido, Emayatzy Corinealdi Headline Nefertite Nguvu's Feature Debut "In The Morning" (To Be Shot By Arthur Jafa)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 20, 2012 1:52 PM
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We featured a Kickstarter campaign for this project last fall (it met its goal thankfully), and it's been on my "watch-list" since then - the debut feature film from writer/director/producer Nefertite Nguvu titled In The Morning, to be shot be by Arthur Jafa (a name I'm sure many of you are familiar with already - he was the DP for a number of projects including Julie Dash's Daughters Of The Dust, and Spike Lee's Crooklyn); Arthur will also co-produce along with Erin Judd (producer and creative director of No Frames), and art direction by Susan Linss (who's collaborated with the likes of Hype Williams and Kanye West, and worked with directors like Brett Ratner and Doug Liman).

Pre-production for In The Morning is just about done, casting complete, with principal photography just around the corner (March 24th). And we've got all the info you need to know about this promising upcoming debut from Nguvu.

First, here's how the project is described:

In The Morning is a full-length feature film about love and its inevitable change/decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. Permutations of passion, sorrow, joy and brutal honesty fuel the lives of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers. Friends: Harper, Ravi, Fez, Bly and Amara, gather to bid farewell to one of their own moving abroad, and debate the compromise and loss of their youthful ideals about marriage, fidelity, life and love. Two lovers: Malik and Cadence, meet to ceremoniously end a whirlwind romance that has collapsed under the weight of fears, obligations and regrets. A couple: Zuri and Leal, sift through the remains of their broken relationship as they try to make a life altering decision, journeying through the bitter heartbreak that comes with faded love, disintegrated trust, and dreams abandoned. For everyone, life will be indelibly altered in the morning.

Second, the film's impressive ensemble cast includes French/Burkinabe actor Jacky Ido in the role of Malik. Most will likely recognize him from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, playing Marcel to Mélanie Laurent's vengeful Shosanna; for the geeks out there, he's also Cédric Ido's older brother (Cédric directed the African Samurai short film  Hasaki Ya Suda I profiled on this site last year, which also starred big brother Jacky); Emayatzy Corinealdi (who got the world's attention with her starring role in Ava DuVernay's sophomore fictional narrative effort Middle of Nowhere) as Cadence; Hoji Fortuna (of course the wonderful villain from Djo Munga's 2011 genre flick Viva Riva!) as Ravi; the original lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas, soul singer Kim Hill as Harper; JoNell Kennedy (from Miranda July's Me And You And Everyone We Know) as Amara; Tony Award-nominated actress De'adre Aziza (Stew's rock musical Passing Strange which Spike Lee made a documentary on) as Zuri; Numa Perrier (most recently, you'll recognize her from Dennis Dortch's new web series The Couple, which we've featured on S&A; I posted episode 2 today) as Bly;  and completing the cast are newcomers C.J. Lindsey as Leal, and Alzo Slade as Fez, both making their film debuts.

Except for the last two names, and Kim Hill, we've featured the works of just about every other actor listed above, and you should be excited to see what this team (both in front of and behind the camera) creates. I know I am!

Principal photography is scheduled to begin on March 24th, through April, in Brooklyn, NY.

You can keep up with the film's progress either via its Facebook page HERE, or its Twitter account HERE, or its website HERE; of course, we'll be on top of any new developments as they happen.

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  • Shahn Bernard | March 21, 2012 9:34 AMReply

    This project sounds really amazing. It's definitely the birth of something extraordinary to follow. When this film drops I will be locked in with a giant bowl of popcorn and all eyes on what I'm expecting to be an incredible performance by a cast Nefertite and her team has created.

    Much love and support to all of the names above and to those who are not mentioned working behind the scenes to lego the building blocks to what I'm sure will be an on screen memorable masterpiece.

  • maisha amen | March 21, 2012 8:22 AMReply

    I am so excited and will be on the set for the making of this remarkable film!

  • Mateen Kemet | March 20, 2012 11:35 PMReply

    sounds exactly like what is needed, a cinematic view of adult black life.

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