IFH 236: Sundance, Hollywood and How to Break-Through as a Director with Qasim Basir

Qasim Basir, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream., Sundance Film Festival, Sundance NEXT, Samual Goldwyn Company, Destined, Mooz-lum

Sundance, Hollywood and How to Break-Through as a Director with Qasim Basir

We have a very special episode of the Indie Film Hustle podcast today. Our amazing guest is Qasim Basir, co-writer, and director of the Sundance 2018 hit film A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. The film stars Power‘s Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good is the story of two people who meet in Los Angeles on the night Donald Trump is elected President of the United States. The film was just picked up by Samual Goldwyn Company for a theatrical release. Check out a few clips below.

Qasim Basir wrote and directed Mooz-lum (2011) starring Danny Glover and Nia Long about an African-American Muslim family and how their lives are changed by the September 11 attacks. The film received nominations from the NAACP Image Awards and Black Reel Awards.

Qasim Basir, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream., Sundance Film Festival, Sundance NEXT, Samual Goldwyn Company, Destined, Mooz-lum

Qasir Basir directing Omari Hardwick on-set of “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream”

Basir also wrote and directed Destined (2016) starring Cory Hardrict. Basir won Best Director at the American Black Film Festival.

The film was shot as a true oner, meaning the entire film was shot in one take. To be able to achieve a 90-minute one-take cinematographer Steve Holleran frankenstein’ed a 50-pound antigravity rig and unconventional Sony camera and Panavision anamorphic lens combination.

Qasim Basir, A Boy. A Girl. A Dream., Sundance Film Festival, Sundance NEXT, Samual Goldwyn Company, Destined, Mooz-lum

Cinematographer Steve Holleran on the set of “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.”

Qasim and I sit down and get raw, real and drop some MAJOR truth bombs on the tribe today. We discuss some the state of the film business from both of our perspectives, what it really takes to break-through and why he does what he does in the first place. This episode is truly eye-opening and I hope it resonates with you at your core.

Enjoy my conversation with writer/director Qasim Basir.

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