‘Related Destiny’ is a fresh take on an old theme

Will Thompson and Mark Taylor as brothers Marcus and Chris LaFair in "Related Destiny"

Will Thompson and Mark Taylor as brothers Marcus and Chris LaFair in “Related Destiny”

Will Thompson’s
directorial debut
combines excellent
production values,
authentic performances,
and likable characters


Related Destiny — a powerful short film written, directed by, and starring Oak Park native Will Thompson — was released on Amazon last month.

Described as an “urban tale chronicling three days in the life of brothers Marcus and Chris LaFair,” the story follows the siblings’ attempt to resist the allure and violence of street life through professional boxing.

Shot in Atlanta, the action combines excellent production values, authentic performances, and likable characters. Along the way, it lends credibility to themes of loyalty, passion, and crime.



Related Destiny is Thompson’s directorial debut. Checking in at just under 24 minutes, it’s an impressive feat, especially considering the fact that he also plays brother Chris Lafair, an essential character in the plot.

A graduate of Act One Conservatory, The Green Room, and Second City, Thompson’s acting credits include roles on the TV series Chicago Fire and Homicide Hunter. Before turning to film on a full-time basis, he spent a few years pursuing music in L.A.

Under his leadership, the cast maintains a compelling level of authenticity throughout the story, which takes a categorical risk by the sheer popularity of its genre.

Movies about young men who fight to escape the streets have been around for generations, but Thompson and company keep it fresh in Related Destiny.

So far, the festivals seem to agree. Since its October 1 release, Related Destiny has won the monthly Official Selection at @OnirosFilmAwards and has been named an official selection of the Rome Independent Prisma Awards.

To see for yourself, click here.

Will Thompson : Director, Writer (story and screenplay)

   Mark Taylor : Marcus LaFair
   Ameer Baraka : Eric LaFair
   Stacy Hall : Goon #2
   Marquita Goings : Jackie
   Karon Riley : Chico
   Will Thompson : Chris Lafair
   London Curtis : Young Marcus LaFair
   Michael Smalls : Coach Ron
   Kal’el Riley : Young Chris LaFair
   Eldon Ellsworth : Boxing Referee
   Townsend : Boxing Opponent
   Shannon Holt Shannon Holt : Goon #1
   Kemal Burney : Prospect
   Sydney Mitchell : Trina

Produced by
   Sigh Griffin : producer
   Will Thompson : executive producer / producer

Cinematography by
   Gerald Barclay : director of photography

Film Editing by
   David B. Guthrie : Makeup Department
   Rejai Hagar : makeup artist

Production Management
   Chelsea Berry : production assistant
   Leland Chapman : production assistant
   Jarid Coronoda : production assistant

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
   Danielle Smith : first assistant director

Art Department
   Neil Malcolm McKnight : storyboard artist

Sound Department
   French Spencer : sound
   Crosby Tatum : sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department
   Quintavious Benton : camera operator
   Santoi Bishop : grip

Editorial Department
   Sanicole Young : colorist