Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

In The Works: Writer/Director Rodney Evans'
"Day Dream" Set For Fall 2010 Shoot;
Starring Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba & Aunjanue Ellis

Writer/Director Rodney Evans (Pictured Far Right Above)

Rodney Evans “Day Dream” Set For Fall 2010 Shoot;
Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba & Aunjanue Ellis To Star

(A Film About The Life Of Harlem Renaissance Music Composer & Jazz Legend Billy Strayhorn and Legendary Cornetist Buddy Bolden)

A filmmaker mentioned on the Shadow And Act 2010 list of filmmakers to watch, Rodney Evans (Brother To Brother) was recently spotlighted on indieWIRE‘s “In The Works” feature.

Within the profile was information on Evans’ second feature film, Day Dream, which, as the feature title suggests, is in the works, and is also an IFP Labs project. The film already has its cast attached in Anthony Mackie (who also starred in Brother To Brother), Idris Elba and Aunjanue Ellis.


Day Dream

Writer/Director/Producer: Rodney Evans
Producers: Shelby Stone, Gavin Humphries and Anna Higgs
Editor: Sabine Hoffman
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba, Aunjanue Ellis

Still high off the experience of taking his film “Brother to Brother” to Sundance in 2004, Rodney Evans dove right back into American Black history and discovered the stories of jazz greats Billy Strayhorn and Buddy Bolden. “Brother to Brother” is an exploration of the Harlem Renaissance and is peppered with the queer sexualities of the major players of the great art epoch. Evans new film, “Day Dream,” about Strayhorn and Bolden, was written after Evans read David Hajdu Billy Strayhorn biography “Lush Life” and Michael Ondaatje exploration of Bolden, “Coming Through Slaughter.” “Day Dream” follows openly gay jazz composer Billy Strayhorn as he searches through New Orleans to discover the myth surrounding jazz legend Buddy Bolden, who spent the last quarter decade of his life in a mental institution.

Harlem Renaissance And Jazz Greats
Duke Ellington (left) And Billy Strayhorn (right)

Billy Strayhorn

Legendary Cornetist Buddy Bolden

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