With several short films on his directing resume, Ka'ramuu Kush has now set his sights on his feature film directorial debut, and Shadow & Act has your first look at a teaser trailer Kush put together for the project, to give viewers an early glimpse at what to expect.
Titled Die Enormous, which Kush borrowed from a track called Can I Live, from Jay-Z's 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt - considered his crowning achievement - in which he expresses, "I'd rather die enormous than live dormant...," the film currently boasts actor Omari Hardwick as its star.
Calling it an unconventional, genre-bending work of cinema, which combines character driven action and drama, explicit plot details on Die Enormous are currently being kept underwraps, but, in a statement he sent, here's a summary of how Kush describes the project, his motivations, and end-goals:
"What wouldn't you do for a million dollars?" is the thematic question which sets this action packed indie feature in motion. The question suggests the moral dilemma of our protagonist, in a world that implores him to, "get yours, by any and all means." Built to be hyper-realistic, DIE ENORMOUS re-imagines the real life US government $2 million dollar bounty on legendary political exile, Assata Shakur. With DIE ENORMOUS, I've set out to revisit tenets of 1970's independent American cinema; that which tackles a controversial idea while balancing "the sacred" and "the profane". The emotional journey is that of the motherless child; a metaphor for the Black American experience. Having endured the passing of both parents at a very young age, there are so many life rigors and lessons that I've had to negotiate for self; many of which have left indelible marks; a form of psychological scarification, if you will. What I've found is that my personal experience is a microcosm of the greater Black American experience. As an artist, I process my deep rooted maternal/paternal neurosis through the medium of cinema. Parents, the loss of parents and the journey that follows as one consciously assembles who and/or what they are, figures prominently in my work.
Aside from Hardwick, there are no other cast members to announce at this time, though the hunt is on, and there's interest.
Ephraim Walker (Fruitvale Station) is co-producing along with Hardwick and Kush.
Kush says he plans to go into production on Die Enormous, in July or August of 2014, with no ETA just yet.
In the meantime, while we wait for further announcements, revealing key cast and crew, here's an extended spirited teaser for the project, which offers viewers early hints at what's coming: