British actor Warren Brown of BBC America’s critically-acclaimed crime drama series “Luther” plays the lead character, KEVIN in CARGO, written and directed by Kareem Mortimer.
Nassau, Bahamas - Kareem J Mortimer, Chairman, and
Alexander I Younis, Vice-President, of Bahamian production company Best Ever
Film, announce the production of CARGO, a feature film written and to be
directed by award-winning Bahamian Filmmaker Kareem J. Mortimer. CARGO begins
production on November 14th 2015 and is starring British Actor
Warren Brown of BBC America’s critically-acclaimed crime drama series “Luther”
as the lead character, KEVIN.
“We are excited that we have Warren
Brown on board to portray Kevin," said Mortimer. "This role demands tremendous range and
physical discipline, as well as a deeply compassionate view of human nature.
Warren Brown possesses these qualities and more, and works with honesty and
conviction. We know that he can lead our audiences to the darkest places of
human experience, but also bring them out into the light on the other side."
Adding great talent and star power to the ensemble in this
action/drama are Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes, Toussaint Louverture, Joy), Omar J.
Dorsey (Django Unchained, Ray Donovan, Selma), Persia White (The Vampire
Diaries, Girlfriends) and Gessica Geneus (Moloch Tropical, Toussaint
Loosely based on the 10-time
award-winning short film PASSAGE, CARGO is the story of a sensitive fisherman
who transforms into a human smuggler to pay off a gambling debt. It’s a story
about people who are struggling just to survive, and one that deals with
profound, overarching themes relatable to audiences the world over.
Written, developed, funded and
produced locally, CARGO is the largest Bahamian feature film project to date.
Mortimer and Younis are determined to utilize the wealth of home-grown talent
and resources, and have provided opportunities in both cast and crew positions
in the project. Over 30 speaking roles are for Bahamian actors, and a feature
film of this size offers many crew positions during the various stages of
production and shooting. “We have felt and received a huge amount of support
from the various communities and in so many different ways. Everyone feels the
potential here to do something big. This is a unique moment for cinema - a
story from an island, told with integrity by one of its indigenous storytellers
in the global context of human smuggling and inciting its audience to reflect
on human rights, wealth and individual choices. We are all very excited to make
this happen,” Younis commented.
Over the past five years, Kareem J.
Mortimer has won over 30 awards for his film projects and has had his work
distributed in over forty countries. CARGO won best pitch at Caribbean Tales in
2012, and is the first part of a 9 film slate put together by Best Ever Film.
Best Ever Film was co-founded in 2013 by Mortimer and Alexander I. Younis, a
successful Austrian entrepreneur and artist, and is engaged in the development,
production and distribution of films. Under the esteemed direction of some of
the most notable members of Nassau’s business, financial and service industry
leaders, Best Ever Film is a pioneer in the Caribbean region. Its primary
objective is to make unique, story driven films that resonate globally.
For more information, please go to http://besteverfilm.com