A scene from CHILDREN OF GOD, a film by Kareem Mortimer. Picture courtesy TLA Releasing. All rights reserved.
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Children of God (2010/2011)
Opened: 05/20/2011 Limited
|Quad Cinema/NYC||05/20/2011 - 05/26/2011||7 days|
Trailer: Click for trailer
Genre: Bahamian Drama (English)
The gorgeous beaches and towns of the Bahamas are the setting for Children of God, a strong and tender romantic drama from first-time filmmaker Kareem Mortimer. Percolating under the hot sun and sand are religious intolerance, political grand-standing, family woes and hopefully enough love to conquer them all.
Johnny (Johnny Ferro) is an art student in Nassau whose technique is perfect, but he's creatively blocked. His teacher sends him off to the rural island of Eleuthera where he meets Romeo (Stephen Tyrone Williams), a hot musician. They begin a clumsy dance of attraction and romance. Romeo has a fiance and is identified as straight, but he's been known to play with the boys on the side secretly. The Bahamas are bound by religious traditions that discourage homosexuality and end up forcing gay men into the closet. Lena is a pastor's wife. Her husband demonizes homosexuality to further his career, yet he's on the DL as well. When Lena discovers that her husband has infected her with VD, he accuses her of infidelities. These characters are all bound together in this intense drama of love, family and secrets.
Beautifully paced and with three separate story-lines that merge at the film's climax, the filmmaker really has done a great job with his small budget. Children of God has won several festival awards and been opening and closing night at many others, for good reason - it's a wonderful film. With extraordinary cinematography (on a low budget), a vacation worthy setting, naturalistic actors and a mythic story Children of God is a superb tale of "a pair of star-cross'd lovers."
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Kareem Mortimer (Writer/Director/Producer)
Kareem Mortimer first started his career in the film industry when he wrote and served as one of the producers for the 1998 Bahamas Games Documentary at the age of seventeen. Since then, Kareem has made short music documentaries for the syndicated show Hip Hop Nation :Notes from the Underground; produced the short film Varmint Day, winner of Best Comedy at the Made In Miami Film Festival; served as a producer and edited the feature length documentary Where I'm From,HIV and AIDS in The Bahamas with Maria Govan (Rain) , the short narrative, Chance; produced and directed The Eleutheran Adventure, Winner of the 2006 Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Bahamas International Film Festival; Directed the documentary Chartered Course: The Life of Sir Durward Knowles; and has written and directed the short Narrative film Float that has won 5 international awards and distribution in North America, Germany, and,Austria. Most recently he has completed the documentary I Am Not A Dummy, and the highly anticipated debut feature film Children Of God. Kareem has co-directed and produced a second feature narrative WindJammers that is in post-production and is in development of his third and fourth feature The Holiday and Cargo.
Trevite Willis (Producer)
Trevite Willis is a producer of Southern Fried Filmworks LLC. Ms. Willis is responsible for production from the conceptual stage through completion. She controls all aspects of the film process, and is involved on a daily basis with the creative, financial, Technological, and administrative processes. She holds an MBA in International Business and has been continuously engaged in the production since 1999. She has produced international, national, and regional commercials, music videos and feature films including the romantic comedy "What a Man Wouldn't Do for a Woman," and the African-American gay coming-of-age "Blueprint". Her music video productions have included works with Grammy nominees and winners including Shawn Mullins and Speech of Arrested Development.
Richard LeMay (Producer)
New York based director Richard LeMay began his career in film as an actor. After landing roles in five feature films, he took a stab at directing. BACK TO ONE was co-written, produced and directed on a shoe-string budget which culminated in a best supporting actress award from the New Orleans Film and Video Festival.
From there, Richard went on to write, produce and direct several no-budget indies leading him to 200 AMERICAN. 200 AMERICAN went on to sell out in film festivals in almost every country and in 2004 got worldwide distribution. WOLFE Releasing, his US distributor, released the film where it stayed at #2 for eight months in the top 10 for DVD sales in 2005. It remains on their best seller list today.
Richard's new feature film WHIRLWIND was chosen as an official selection of New York's NEWFEST: Film Festival as well as the prestigious OUTFEST:LA. WHIRLWIND also screened as an official selection of the Out on Film Festival in Atlanta, winning the AUDIENCE AWARD for BEST FEATURE FILM and most recently the JURY AWARD for BEST FEATURE FILM at the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. WHIRLWIND was released on DVD in the US and Canada in January 2009 by WOLFE Releasing where it is currently at #1 in the top 10 best sellers. Foreign distribution is currently under contract as well.
Last year, LeMay produced and co-directed a documentary entitled MOVE. MOVE was launched in conjunction with photographer James Houston's global charity event with sponsors HUGO BOSS and VANITY FAIR Magazine. Also in December 2006, MOVE aired on Pan Asian MTV and the Australian FOXTELL Network as a cornerstone for World AIDs Day.
As a producer, Richard also worked on the feature film WATER starring Michael Shannon (Oscar nominee for REVOLUTIONARY ROAD), Idina Menzel (RENT, ENCHANTED) and Shea Whigham (TIGER LAND, SPLINTER)
Currently Richard is set to direct the feature films THESE! CONQUERED THE EARTH and THE SUMMER OF AIDEN POST which he wrote as well.
Jay Gotlieb (Executive Producer)
Jay Gotlieb was born Toronto, Canada and currently resides Nassau, Bahamas. He has been involved in music, fashion, television and some film as he is a businessman experienced in finance and fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Ian Bloom (Director of Photography)
For more information visit: www.IanBloom.com.
Maria Cataldo (Editor)
Maria Cataldo is a New York City based filmmaker and theater artist. As a film editor her credits include RAIN, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, and CHILDREN OF GOD, this year's opening night film at BIFF. Further credits include her work through The Weinstein Company where she assisted and coordinated the post-production on films such as Bobby, Factory Girl, Dedication, The Protector, Penelope and The Dixie Chicks' Documentary Shut Up and Sing. Additionally, Maria's theater and experimental video have been presented in NYC through St. Ann's Warehouse, HERE Arts Center, The Looking Glass Theater, The Tank, and elsewhere including The Blue Theater (New Orleans), and The State Theater (Ithaca, NY). Over the past several years, while holding a recurrent writing residency through the Arts Conservatory at Choate Rosemary Hall, Maria wrote and developed a series of scripts for young actors, and in 2008 she became a member of the Brooklyn Writers Space. Maria is currently at work editing the feature film WIND JAMMERS on location in Nassau.
Nathan Matthew David (Composer)
Nathan Matthew David has scored over a dozen feature films including the award-winning films 'The Philosopher Kings', 'The Lost Coast', and 'Hijos de la Guerra (Children of the War) '. His films have premiered at film festivals around the world, such as the Rome Film Festival, South by Southwest, the AFI/Discovery Channel SilverDocs Festival in DC, The Raindance Film Festival in London, and the Bahamas International Film Festival--as well as many others. In 2009, he won the award for 'Best Score' from the Action on Film International Film Festival for his work on the film 'Purge'; and in 2011, from the Los Angeles International Film Festival, he again won a 'Best Score' award for his work on the film 'Beirut...Hide and Seek'. Recent projects have included the feature narratives 'Children of God', 'The Afterlight' (Rip Torn, Michael Kelly), and ' First Generation'. In addition to film work, his music can be heard on television shows and trailers on networks such as Fox, NBC, MTV and VH1. He has also recently completed a series of pieces for the concert hall: 'distanceclosenessdistance' a small ensemble piece (Bb clarinet, marimba, violin and cello),'ides', a piece for soprano and string orchestra and 'kismet' for large ensemble.
He holds a degree from the University of Texas and additionally has studied composition, counterpoint and orchestration privately with Dr. Ken Walicki.
He currently resides in Los Angeles and enjoys studying Arabic music and playing the oud. In his free time, he is attempting to become the world's greatest soccer player.
Nathan's biography courtesy of www.NathanMatthewDavid.com.
Nia Hatsopoulos (Associate Producer)
Nia got an early start performing in over three-dozen semi-professional and professional plays and musicals as a child. After receiving a supporting role in the independent film, ASTORIA (2000), Nia's concentration shifted from theater to film. Nia received her bachelors in Film Studies with an Honors Film Thesis from Boston College.
Nia production credits include CITROEN with Sean Connery, THE WHISPERERS (2006) and INTO THE BLUE (2005). In 2007, Nia became manager of the Bahamian film production company, Mercury Rising Media, responsible for and raising capital for the company's projects, including documentary shorts for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the award-winning short, FLOAT (2007) and the feature film, Children Of God (2009).
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