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Production Specs

Production Company: Lunar Flame Pictures

Cast: Leah Ruff, Lucie Gillespie, Matthew Redmond, Jordan Marzec, Harley Wallen

Director: Alex Gasparetto

Writer: Lucie Gillespie

Producer: Lucie Gillespie, Elizabeth Parker, Vita Hohmann

Line-Producer: Chris Eckenwiler

Associate Producer: Hayward Crawford, John Wisniewski, Susu Tobia

Co-Producer: Shane Carson

Cinematographer: Robert Skates

Editor: Daniel St. Amand

Sound Designer: Andre Botessi

Composer: Ryan Stratton

 
 

AKOMA

Akoma is a suspense drama surrounding the dangerous love story between a black slave and an affluent white woman set against the backdrop of 19th century america. Told through the eyes of two strong-hearted, fearless young women, each willing to die for what is right. Akoma is a powerful reminder for audiences of today that love most certainly can drive out hate and when change is needed, it begins within ourselves.

“WHEN IT FEELS SCARY TO JUMP, THAT’S EXACTLY WHEN YOU JUMP. OTHERWISE YOU END UP STAYING THE SAME PLACE YOUR WHOLE LIFE. AND THAT I CAN’T DO.” — Abel Morales, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

“WHEN IT FEELS SCARY TO JUMP, THAT’S EXACTLY WHEN YOU JUMP. OTHERWISE YOU END UP STAYING THE SAME PLACE YOUR WHOLE LIFE. AND THAT I CAN’T DO.”

— Abel Morales, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

When ‘AKOMA’ presented itself as my next project, I immediately felt very scared to take it on. Upon further analysis I thought to myself, “Who was I going to grow to be if I let my fear dictate these types of decisions?” It became one of those take-the-leap moments.

AKOMA quickly became the most ambitious film we’ve set out to make. It has been the best example of what I set out to do: tell challenging stories. During Sundance 2017, I was opened up to the idea that film might be a great way to expand our own capacity for empathy towards one another. I hope this film can reach a broad audience, and establish the idea that a strong heart, full of love, can absolutely drive out hate within our society.

 

PRESS & MEDIA

Live in the D: Film Challenge Detroit Winners "Akoma"

AKOMA awarded winner of Film Challenge Detroit

 
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Akoma Wins Film Challenge Detroit

Winner crowned for Film Challenge Detroit

 

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