Inspired by the director's childhood, Wannabe is about neurotic Jewish boy who must win over his crush by impressing her skeptical Jamaican family. Set in 1990s New York City - a time of intense social and political strife - the film stars Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show, American Crime Story: People v. O.J. Simpson), David Bloom (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp), Chaize Macklin, and Donis Leonard Jr. (House of Lies). It is based on a feature script of the same name.

 

The feature recently went through the Film Independent Producers Lab. It was a finalist for the Sundance Writers Lab, a semi-finalist for the Nicholls Fellowship, and won the Richard Vague / Christopher Columbus grant, which awarded a cash prize towards production.

 

The film is currently being packaged at CAA and is scheduled to shoot this summer.

Daniel & Emefa
Daniel & Emefa

Daniel (David Bloom) & Emefa (Chaize Macklin) hold hands during a particularly stressful potato sack race.

Luther's evil eye
Luther's evil eye

Luther (Malcolm Jamal-Warner) stares at his daughter Emefa (Chaize Macklin) while Daniel (David Bloom) and Teven (Donis Leonard, Jr.) watch on.

Daniel and Luther
Daniel and Luther

Daniel (David Bloom) tries a little too hard to impress Luther (Malcolm Jamal-Warner)

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