This potential gem just screened at Sundance but a first look is now online! Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar) wrote and directed this post-Hip Hop dramedy about a group of cool-nerd South Bay teens, their 90’s nostalgia, their punk-rap band, and clearly, some trouble that comes along. With it’s portrayal of teen angst and urban flair, Dope looks equal parts John Hughes and John Singleton.
The cast includes Shameik Moore, Transparent‘s Kiersey Clemmons, The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s Tony Revolori, as well as Blake Anderson,
my longstanding crush Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman, Kimberly Elise, and Diddy’s son Quincy Brown. The film also features original songs written by Pharrell for the main characters’ band and based on the first look, some gorgeous wide-angle lensed, color-flared cinematography from wunderkind Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station).
Check it out here:
I’ve been anticipating this film for a while now, let’s hope a distribution deal and wider success come soon enough. Fingers crossed!
UPDATE: Dope acquired by Open Road for $7 mil, the biggest deal at Sundance this year, read about it here!: http://deadline.com/2015/01/dope-seven-million-dollars-open-road-sundance-film-festival-1201357907/