After Jeymes Samuel Brought Diversity To The Western, He & Lakeith Stanfield Ready To Take On The Bible With ‘The Book Of Clarence’ — Cannes Disruptors

After Jeymes Samuel Brought Diversity To The Western, He & Lakeith Stanfield Ready To Take On The Bible With ‘The Book Of Clarence’ — Cannes Disruptors
If you’re a fan of the music and video creations by singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel — performed under his stage name The Bullitts — you’ll recognize that same enthusiasm, precociousness and ambition directed into his feature directorial debut, The Harder They Fall. Spurred by his love for the genre and the lack of diversity in old Hollywood westerns, Samuel recruited a veritable who’s who of Black actors — Idris Elba, Lakeith Stanfield and Jonathan Majors, among them — to play infamous gunslingers of color who somehow eluded the attention of previous storytellers. The film began its journey as the 2013 short They Die By Dawn, which he broadened into a Netflix feature seen around the world. A rare talent in that he not only writes, directs and produces but also scores his films — he has a silky singing voice reminiscent of his brother, Seal — Samuel’s versatility is outshone only by his irresistible and infectious enthusiasm for cinema,
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