and likable characters
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.
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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.
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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
Sigh Griffin : producer
Will Thompson : executive producer / producer
Gerald Barclay : director of photography
Film Editing by
David B. Guthrie : Makeup Department
Rejai Hagar : makeup artist
Chelsea Berry : production assistant
Leland Chapman : production assistant
Jarid Coronoda : production assistant
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Danielle Smith : first assistant director
Neil Malcolm McKnight : storyboard artist
French Spencer : sound
Crosby Tatum : sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Quintavious Benton : camera operator
Santoi Bishop : grip
Sanicole Young : colorist