DOPE, the 2015 movie featuring Forest Whitaker, A$ AP ROCKY, Shameik Moore, Zoë Kravitz and more in an unorthodox coming of age tale, is shared by director Rick Famuyiwa direct from the movie’s 2015 Sundance Film Festival Premiere. Including the trailer for the film, we learn how the production came to be, how the Sundance Institute figured in Famuyiwa’s career, and his history as director of THE WOOD, BROWN SUGAR and more in this uncensored episode of the Insiders with Sebastian Twardosz.
GUEST & FILM INFO:
Dope is a coming of age film written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and starring Shameik Moore,Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$ AP Rocky, Tyga, Keith Stanfield, Casey Veggies, Vince Staples, Chanel Iman and Rick Fox.
Malcolm is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things ’90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, Malcolm’s crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin.
Rick Famuyiwa, born on June 18, 1973, is an emerging Hollywood writer and director of films such as The Wood (1999), Talk To Me (2007), and Brown Sugar (2002). He is a first-generation Nigerian American. His most recent film is the comedy Dope (2015) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Famuyiwa’s films mainly explore themes of racial diversity and acceptance of oneself and others, especially within communities of color. In the majority of Famuyiwa’s films, friendship plays a central role to the characters’ development and progression throughout the film. Additionally, thus far, nearly all of Famuyiwa’s feature films have dealt with the institution of marriage in one form or another. It is helpful to note also that Rick Famuyiwa’s upbringing in the racially eclectic Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood has had a tremendous impact on his cinematic works and point of view as both an individual and artist.
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The Insiders Short Clips Playlist:
00:01 The Insiders from Sundance 2015.
00:17 Welcoming Rick Famuyiwa, director of DOPE.
00:38 Genesis of DOPE.
03:57 Studying film at USC.
08:32 Coming full circle at Sundance; working at Sundance Labs.
13:52 Working with Zoë Kravitz and Forest Whitaker.
15:45 DOPE, Trailer.