Gala premiere of ‘Cargo’ announced
Best Ever Film Ltd. has announced the gala premiere of “Cargo”, the largest Bahamian film project to date.
The “Cargo” gala premiere, sponsored by Atlantis and Aliv, is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Atlantis Movie Theatre.
Written and directed by acclaimed Bahamian filmmaker Kareem J. Mortimer, this action-filled human drama tells the story of Kevin, an exiled American with a gambling addiction in Nassau, who takes a job smuggling Haitians to Florida in a desperate ploy to support his family.
“Cargo”, produced by Bahamian production company Best Ever Film Ltd., won a Bahamian Icon Award ahead of its release and stars Warren Brown, Gessica Geneus, Omar J. Dorsey, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Persia White and Sky Nicole Gray.
“‘Cargo’ is the culmination of seven years of raising money, writing, researching and looking within to make a work of art that we are ultimately proud of,” said Mortimer.
The film is a feature length version of Mortimer’s award-winning short film “Passage”, which was released in 2012 and won 10 awards, including an African Movie Academy Award and a Bahamian Icon Award.
“In 2013 I received an offer of $1 million to produce ‘Cargo’, with the caveat that the film be produced in Puerto Rico,” said Mortimer. “With no subsidies for the local film industry, producing ‘Cargo’ in The Bahamas meant much higher production costs. Despite the higher costs, we made the very important decision to shoot ‘Cargo’ exclusively in The Bahamas. This is a Bahamian film, and we were resolute in producing it here, in The Bahamas, the place we call home, the place that inspired this film.”
“Cargo” began filming in October 2015. More than 80 Bahamians worked on the film, serving as the heads of major departments including locations, production design, catering and hair and makeup. “Cargo” stars talented Bahamian actors as well as established and recognizable British, American, Jamaican and Haitian actors.
Kareem Mortimer is an award-winning Bahamian filmmaker and video artist whose work has been distributed in more than 40 countries. Over his career, he has won more than 30 awards for his projects. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Variety, IndieWire and The Hollywood Reporter.
“Cargo” has screened to a sold out audience at the Miami Film Festival, with a second-day encore due to high demand. The “Cargo” trailer has gone viral online, receiving more than 4,000 shares in just four days. Tickets to the gala premiere of “Cargo” can be purchased at www.cargopremiere.com. Tickets are also available at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and Doongalik Studios.