RESTLESS CITY tells the story of an Africa immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk.
Andrew Dosunmu — Director
Andrew Dosunmu is currently based between New York City and Nigeria. Raised and educated in Nigeria, Dosunmu began his career as a design assistant at the fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent. He has subsequently worked as a Creative Director and fashion photographer, whose images have appeared in a variety of international magazines. Besides a flourishing career in photography, Dosunmu is also active in film and television. His award-winning documentary Hot Irons (1999) won best documentary at FESPACO and Reel Award at Toronto. In South Africa, Dosunmu has directed episodes of the widely acclaimed television series “Yizo, Yizo” which dramatizes the policy debates around ducationinpost apartheid South Africa through a frank presentation of the social crises and conflicts at a Johannesburg high school. Dosunmu has also served as creative director for album covers (for such artists as Erykah Badu and Public Enemy), and directed music videos, including his first for Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone, Common, Wyclef Jean, Kelis, Aaron Neville, Maxwell, Tracy Chapman and Talib Kweli. Dosunmu was selected to participate in the photography exhibition “Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary Photography” at the International Center of Photography. In 2007, Dosunmu was honored with the request to speak at the TED Global conference. Dosunmu is currently in production on his documentary “The African Game” which documents the fans and spirit of football in Africa. Photographs from this documentary have already been published in a coffee table book by Powerhouse Publishing. RESTLESS CITY is Dosunmu’s first feature film endeavor; intended for theatrical release, it will premiere at Sundance in 2011.
Katie Mustard — Producer
Since graduating with honors from USC, Katie Mustard has worked as a Producer and Line Producer for the past eleven years and has overseen the production of a 25 feature and short films. Her first short film, SWALLOW premiered at Sundance in 2003 and was distributed by HBO. Her next short, MAFIA MOVIE MADNESS was the OFFICIAL WINNER of the COCA COLA FILMMAKER'S CONTEST in 2004. In 2005, she produced the very successful short IN THE MORNING, which premiered at Sundance and went on to win festivals across the world, including the Oscar-qualifying NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL. Katie’s most recent short film, EVE, premiered at the 2008 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL and was directed by Natalie Portman, starring Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara, and Olivia Thirlby. As a feature producer, Katie has overseen production of numerous films, including JUST ADD WATER (Danny Devito, Justin Long & Jonah Hill), THE MISSING PERSON (Michael Shannon & Amy Ryan), MADE IN CHINA (winner BEST FEATURE at SXSW Film Festival 2009), THE GREATEST (Pierce Brosnan & Susan Sarandon), and THE SON OF NO ONE (Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, & Channing Tatum). Katie produced her first documentary feature film in 2007, AMERICAN SHOPPER, which premiered at the Seattle Int'l Film Festival, and in 2009, she line produced the documentary GRAND CANYON which profiles a 16 day river rafting trip with Native Americans in the Grand Canyon for Explore. In 2010, her film, NIGHT CATCHES US, premiered at Sundance (starring Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie), which she co-produced. In January of 2011, Katie will have another film premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, RESTLESS CITY, which will be her eighth film at the festival. Katie is represented as a producer by William Morris Endeavor.
Matt Parker — Producer
Matt was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee where his love of film began with his weekly Sunday trip to the movies with his Dad. Matt is a producer with The Group Entertainment. He was an associate producer on “Loggerheads” (Sundance ’05) and producer on “Find Love” (Slamdance ’06) and “Just Like the Son” (Tribeca ’06). He also produced the multi award winning short “Facechasers” and the independent television pilot, “Nicky’s Game” starring Burt Young (Rocky) that was selected for the first annual New York Television Festival. In the past year, he Produced “The War Boys” with Peter Gallagher and Victor Rasuk as well as “Peter and Vandy” (Sundance '09), was an associate producer on FLOW (Sundance ’08) and Familiar Strangers (LAIFF ’08) and just wrapped Beware the Gonzo.
Matt is also partnered with producer Gill Holland in sonaBLAST! Records (Mark Geary, Kelley McRae, The Old Ceremony), which saw its first two releases (Mark Geary’s ‘Ghosts’ and ‘3 1/3 Grand Street’) go Gold in Ireland.
David Raymond — Executive Producer
For over twenty years, David has been an internationally recognized art collector and dealer of both contemporary and vintage photographic works and has been cited as one of the top one hundred American collectors by numerous publications such as Art and Antiques and the Art Market Guide. For many years, he served as an advisor to the Getty Museum and helped them form their Dorothea Lange and Manuel Alvarez Bravo collections. David is both a photographer and video maker and his video works have been shown in New York, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles and Miami.
David Raymond1s work spans the world of film, photography, art and interactive media. His main interest is producing films with a socially conscious message. His most recent film, SEVERED WAYS: THE NORSE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA, premiered at the 2007 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and won the jury prize at the 2007 Leeds Film Festival. In 2006, his film THE BIG BAD SWIM, premiered at Tribeca and was later distributed by Echo Bridge. David produces films in the United States and Argentina. His production company in Buenos Aires, Ayni Media develops and produces Argentine films and South American television programs and commercials. He is currently serving as Producer and Executive Producer on two Argentine films: Los Dioses de Lata directed by Juan Antin and La Macarena, co- produced by Nicolas Ferrero.
Tony Okungbowa — Executive Producer & Actor
Tony Okungbowa Nigerian Actor, DJ and TV maestro/sidekick on The Ellen Degeneres Show, arrived from London and has been making waves ever since. His charisma, music savvy and infectious energy have made him a name on everyone’s lips. A classically trained actor, Tony got his undergraduate degree in Drama from England’s Middlesex University. With considerable UK stage work under his belt, Tony headed stateside to New York City for graduate study at the Lee Strasburg Theatre and Film Institute and booked regular appearances on stage and TV (XFILES, ARLI$$, NYPD BLUE, etc.). Ellen Degeneres met Tony on a photo shoot and the two clicked immediately. She offered him the DJ job on the spot. Most recently, Tony collaborated with Mr. Dosunmu as Executive Producer and co-star of RESTLESS CITY.
Bradford Young — Cinematographer
From Louisville, KY, Bradford Young received his MFA from Howard University and three years later his work gained attention when he lensed Dee Ree’s short, Pariah, which won the Audience Award at the 2007 LA Film Festival. His profile continues to rise with two distinctly different projects he shot, Mississippi Damned and Entre Nos. He has most recently finished shooting the feature version of Pariah. In 2009, Bradford was named one of the top Cinematographers in Independent Cinema by Filmmakers Magazine.
Mobolaji Dawodu — Costume Designer
Stylist MOBOLAJI DAWODU is the contributing style editor at THE FADER magazine where his distinct touch is seen in fashion features shot in India, Jamaica, Mozambique, and South Africa. His styling credits include print and video work with Outkast, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelis, Tracy Chapman, Wyclef, as well as commercial work for Apple’s iPod with director Mark Romanek. His editorial sensibility has appeared in Clam, ID, Paper, Trace and Vibe. He was involved in THE AFRICAN GAME a photography book by Puma about football culture in Africa. In addition to style assignments, Mobolaji also is known for his eponymous line of clothing for men and women.
Sy Alassane — Actor/Djbirl
Sy Alassane was born in Mauritania, West Africa of Senegalese-Mauritanian parents. In Mauritania, (the year was 1989) there was genocide against Senegalese migrants that led to his entire family, except his father, being deported and transported by the U.N. to Senegal. In 2001 he moved to France where he studied and worked. Soon after he traveled to America to study English. On his way to school one day he was discovered by photographer Angus Watson, who quickly took interest in Sy's distinct and incredible look. He was then introduced to Boss Models agent Florian Acheron and was signed on the spot. Since then his modeling career has taken off, booking jobs and ads with Benetton, Philip Lim, Yigal Azrouel, Andrew Buckler, Sony, Givaudan Presentation and in 2008 he even opened for Sean John for their return to Fashion Week. He began his acting career in France in L'Americaine and returned to the screen again with Andrew Dossunmu starring in Restless City.
Sky Nicole Grey — Actor/Trini
Jamaican born, Sky Nicole Grey, is on the rise to becoming an international Supermodel. Signed to Model Plan in London, Pulse in Jamaica, MC (squared) in New York, L.A. and Miami, Sky has graced the cover of Essence magazine, was the face of MAC cosmetics, and was the cover girl for SHE magazine's hot bikini issue in the summer of 2005. Sky was discovered in the Pulse's Caribbean Model Search and placed in the top 5 of the competition in 2002. Sky was first seen by the international fashion industry at Caribbean Fashion week In Kingston, where she undoubtedly made her mark.
Sky's dream wasn't always to become a model. In fact, she dreamt of becoming a rap star and is now pursuing her dream by performing as a Dancehall DJ In Jamaica. She has recorded a song with Dancehall stars: Aidonia, Lala, and a number of other Jamaican artistes and would love the opportunity to work with Tanya Stevens. Sky's debut acting performance was in the film 'Better Mus Come' to be released in 2011. Restless City is Sky's second feature film.
Danai Gurira — Actress/Sisi
Actress/playwright Danai Gurira best known to film audiences for her role in Tom McCarthy's THE VISITOR, Gurira appeared last January in award winner Eric Mendelsohn's THREE BACKYARDS. More recently, Gurira was on the big screen in Wes Craven’s disturbing MY SOUL TO TAKE. An NYU trained actor, Gurira also has made a name for herself in the theater. Last spring, she made her Broadway debut in Bartlett Sher's revival of JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE. Danai first established herself on stage by co-writing and co-starring in the critically acclaimed IN THE CONTINUUM. Gurira's second playwriting effort, ECLIPSED, set in a rebel camp in war-torn Sierra Leone, had productions last year at the McCarter, Yale Rep, Wooly Mammoth and Kirk Douglas Theaters. On television, Gurira recurs on David Simon's new HBO series TREME. Guest star appearances include LIE TO ME, CRIMINAL INTENT, and LIFE ON MARS. Born in the United States to Zimbabwean parents, Gurira was raised in Zimbabwe. She presently lives in New York.
Oriana Soddu — Editor
Oriana Soddu is an established New York based video editor with over 20 years experience working on commercial, film and television projects. Since 1992, she has worked as an in-house editor for RAI Television, Progressive Image Group and Subvoyant Editorial. Her film credits include the short films "Tomorrow's Bacon" and "Penny Dreadful" . She has also edited many commercial projects for major media companies such as ESPN, MTV, Fuse, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, VH1, WE, Oxygen, LOGO and IFC.
"Restless City" is her first feature.
Ms. Soddu was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She presently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her pug, Amelie.
- The New York Times "New Directors Flesh Out Black America, All of It"
- Cine Moi
- Hollywood Reporter
'Restless City' Is a Stunning Look at New York's West African Immigrant Community
- Eye for Film
“the multitude of striking images and bold scoring mean it remains a mesmerising, if dreamlike watch.”
- Movienet News
- Webmovie Times
- Daily Trojan
- Last Plane to Lagos
- Shadow and Act
- Modern Ghana
- Out and About Africa
- Restless City World Premiere Sundance 2011
- Sundance 2011:NEXT Competition
- Arise Magazine: Leading Question
Wings, a new in flight magazine just interviewed Andrew for his upcoming film Restless City.
An Afropolitan Man — Voyager Media June 2010 article
IFP Announces Narrative Line-Up For Its 6th Annual Independent Filmmaker Labs
By Jason Guerrasio (June 7, 2010)
- In the Works
By Brian Brooks and Bryce J. Renninger (July 14, 2010)
- 150 New Films for IFP’s 2010 Project Forum
By Nigel M Smith (August 12, 2010)
- Sun Jan 23 9:15 PM Yarrow Hotel Theatre Park City PREMIERE
- Mon Jan 24 11:59 PM Holiday Village Cinema 4 Park City
- Wed Jan 26 9:30 PM Holiday Village Cinema 1 Park City (Press & Ind)
- Thurs Jan 27 8:30 PM Prospector Square Theater Park City
- Fri Jan 28th 4:30 p.m. Broadway Centre Cinema IV, Salt Lake City
- Project Overview
- About the Producers
- Story Synopsis
Set photography by Jenny Baptiste