The Photograph, starring Issa Rae (Insecure, Little) and LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You, Knives Out) is a modern-day romance where one woman finds love while uncovering secrets from her family’s past.
Issa Rae plays Mae – a curator putting the pieces of her mother’s history together. Her mother Christina, played by Chanté Adams, was a photographer who didn’t like to stay in one place. LaKeith Stanfield plays a journalist named Michael, who discovers some of Christina’s old photographs – which lead him to Mae.
Written and Directed by Stella Meghie, this film is an authentic story about love that beautifully captures real-life moments as two people get to know each other for the first time. The excitement before a first date. The awkward small talk. Weighing how much to reveal about the past and how much to keep quiet. And woven throughout these interactions – flashbacks to another time and place where the truth is waiting to be discovered.
Hollywood News Source got a sneak peek at the Blu-ray/DVD Bonus features. Here’s what you can expect –
SHOOTING THE PHOTOGRAPH: Writer and Director Stella Meghie describes how her own family stories inspired the romantic drama. She also reveals how the leading roles were cast, and discusses filming in both New York and Louisianna – capturing the aesthetic of two different generations of stories. Issa Rae talks about her departure from comedy for the role.
CULTURE IN FILM: The film’s creators discuss telling a modern story about black love, and what it meant to do so with a team of black artists.
THE FILM THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS: Explores storytelling through pictures in the film – and the process of hiring the right photographer to document that story.
The Photograph (rated PG-13) is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. You can also stream the film through Amazon Prime or Google Play.