Blackfilm.com correspondent Ellen J. Wanjiru speaks with the director Angel Kristi Williams and co-author Felicia Pride on inspiration and their collaboration in ‘Really love‘. Watch the interview below!
Set against the backdrop of a gentrified Washington DC, Isaiah, an emerging black painter is about to burst or give up when he meets Stevie, an intriguing beauty with a big brain.
They fall in love with each other, hard. Stevie quickly becomes one of Isaiah’s biggest fans and artistic muse. Isaiah’s creativity flows with her in her life, but her work remains overlooked by curators and collectors, hurting her ego. When Isaiah finally convinces a renowned gallery owner to try his luck, he devotes himself to his work, neglecting Stevie. Isaiah’s debut solo show catapults him into new artistic echelons, but it doesn’t leave much room for Stevie. Reluctantly, she accepts a dream job in Chicago, breaking Isaiah’s heart.
A year goes by without communication, until Isaiah meets Stevie at her group show in Chicago. Sleepy feelings rise to the surface. When Stevie returns to the neighborhood at Isaiah’s invitation, her life looks better; the art world has baptized him its new “it boy”. But Isaiah’s life isn’t what he imagined and he’s forced to face the truth: can he give Stevie what he knows she deserves?
With: Kofi Siriboe, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Uzo Aduba, Mack Wilds, Naturi Naughton, Suzzanne Douglas, Jade Eshete with Blair Underwood and Michael Ealy. Realized by Angel Kristi Williams.