Double Play, directed by American filmmaker Ernest Dickerson (Juice, The Wire) and based on the internationally lauded novel Double Play by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion, will world premiere at the upcoming 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).The film features a host of Caribbean, American and European actors including Brit Lennie James, the Tony Award nominated Saycon Sengbloh and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.
Filmmaker Ernest Dickerson rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s as Spike Lee’s favorite cameraman. They debuted together whilst still at art school with Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983) and were responsible for classics including Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992). Dickerson himself directed the films Juice and Bulletproof as well as episodes of renowned series such as The Wire, The Walking Dead, Treme and Dexter. Lisa Cortes, the producer of the highly acclaimed Precious, produced Double Play in cooperation with Gregory Elias, the producer of both the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival.
“With Double Play, Ernest Dickerson has portrayed an idiosyncratic, joyous and humane society thereby not only creating a terrifically enjoyable film, but also a welcome reminder that Curaçao is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He underlines the fact that we perhaps have much more in common than the Atlantic between us might suggest,” says festival director Bero Beyer.
Producer Gregory Elias adds: “We are very happy to launch Double Play onto the global stage at IFFR, a place that feels as much home as it feels international. We hope the themes of the film and of Curacao society will strike a chord with the Rotterdam and international audience.”