The Truth about Directing: Surviving and Thriving in the Film Industry

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Qasim Basir

Webinar hosted by: Qasim Basir

Director (Sundance 2018: A Boy. A Girl. A Dream)

Qasim Basir is an award-winning filmmaker whose first feature MOOZ-LUM was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. MOOZ-LUM stars Nia Long, Evan Ross & Danny Glover and is a coming-of-age tale about a Muslim boy going to college around the September 11 attacks. The film was released theatrically in 2011 and on additional platforms via Starz, Netflix and Amazon. The film gained international recognition, opening in over 25 countries. Basir wrote and directed DESTINED, starring Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham, Hill Harper, Zulay Henao and La La Anthony. DESTINED premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival, and has garnered numerous accolades including Best Director and Actor at the 2016 American Black Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at Urbanworld that same year. DESTINED was released theatrically in the Fall of 2017 and on VOD platforms early 2018. Basir recently directed and co-wrote A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM, starring Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good. The film will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM follows two people who meet on the night of the 2016 Presidential election and share feelings of panic, despair, anger, and hope in the face of a radically changing nation. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Director Qasim Basir exploded onto the Sundance scene with his film A BOY. A GIRL A DREAM with a standing ovation and a whirlwind resulting in a theatrical debut. With a film that not only takes place in once location, but a single shot, Qasim proved that he is a talent to be reckoned with. Prior to his Sundance debut, he was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for his film MOOZ-LUM, starring Nia Long, Evan Ross & Danny Glover, and premiered at the LA Film Festival with his film DESTINED starring Jesse Metcalf, Cory Hardrict and Margot Bingham.

He's chosen theatrical and VOD releases and has learned a lot along the way.

There are many different ways to become a director, from film school to being self-taught. In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, we will dive into Qasim's own journey of becoming a director and discuss how you can figure out the best route for yours. People will tell you many different things in this business, but none is better than when you find what's actually right for you.

What You'll Learn

  • How to navigate the difficult industry and keep yourself intact
  • What you'll learn along your journey to becoming a director
  • My journey - the path to how I got to be a director of an official Sundance selection for 2018. Hint - you don't have to begin in NY or LA!
  • How important is short film filmmaking?
  • How to connect with a production company and what that can do to help you.
  • Finding investors - the trickiest part
  • Casting your film is about the 3 P's
  • Directing tips - pre-production, voice, tone, story, performance & camera
  • How to make strong creative choices
  • What happens if you fall?
  • Q&A with Qasim

 

A Boy, A Girl, A Dream written and directed by Qasim which premiered at Sundance and stars Omari Hardwick and Meagan Goode with cameos by Kenya Barris and Jay Ellis which Samuel Goldwyn just acquired. The story begins on the night of the 2016 Presidential election, when An LA club promoter (Omari Hardwick) falls for a woman who challenges him (Meagan Good) to revisit his broken dreams while he pushes her to discover hers. To see the trailer, click here. 

Qasim’s follow-up to his feature film directorial debut "Mooz-Lum”, “Destined” tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed the same actor played by (Cory Hardrict) as they explore the idea of destiny as well as how the smallest incident can manifest itself into a life changing event. Premiering at LA Film Festival in June 2016, the film went on to the American Black Film Festival immediately after where it won Qasim a Best Director award and Best Actor for Cory Hardrict. It has since won 4 more awards, for a total of 6 and continues its festival run.

Reviews:

"Shampoo” meets “Medicine for Melancholy” (or “Before Sunrise”) in Qasim Basir's two-hander “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream” - Variety

"A visually sensuous, dreamlike film" - Sundance Institute

"Intoxicating" - Hollywood Reporter

"One-shot film of great beauty" - Birth Movies Death

"Anchored by nuanced, natural, absolutely beautiful lead performances" - Paste Magazine

Cast/Director Interview

About Your Instructor

Qasim Basir is an award-winning filmmaker whose first feature MOOZ-LUM was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. MOOZ-LUM stars Nia Long, Evan Ross & Danny Glover and is a coming-of-age tale about a Muslim boy going to college around the September 11 attacks. The film was released theatrically in 2011 and on additional platforms via Starz, Netflix and Amazon. The film gained international recognition, opening in over 25 countries.

Basir wrote and directed DESTINED, starring Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham, Hill Harper, Zulay Henao and La La Anthony. DESTINED premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival, and has garnered numerous accolades including Best Director and Actor at the 2016 American Black Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at Urbanworld that same year. DESTINED was released theatrically in the Fall of 2017 and on VOD platforms early 2018.

Basir recently directed and co-wrote A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM, starring Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good. The film will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM follows two people who meet on the night of the 2016 Presidential election and share feelings of panic, despair, anger, and hope in the face of a radically changing nation.

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