Nas Executive Producing Erykah Badu’s Sundance Film ‘The Land’

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Hip-hop artist Nas will executive produce Erykah Badu’s indie drama “The Land” and produce the film’s soundtrack.

The news comes following the announcement that the film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.

Steve Caple Jr. wrote and directed the film with Lizzie Friedman. Greg Little and Karen Lauder of Priority Pictures are producing alongside Tyler Davidson of Low Spark Films as well as Blake Pickens and Stephen Love. Priority Pictures is also financing the film with Charles D. King’s MACRO, marking their first project together.

“[I’m a] huge fan of my man Steve Caple Jr. I think he can become the next great filmmaker. [I’m] also, very excited to be working with my former agent and friend Charles King on his first film with his new venture. All great energy around the film, which I believe will yield amazing results,” Nas said.

“The Land” follows four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland to pursue professional skateboarding. When they get caught in the web of a local drug queen-pin, their motley brotherhood is put to the test.

In addition to Badu, the film stars Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Michael K. Williams, Kim Coates, Machine Gun Kelly, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Ezri Walker.

Nas is repped by WME and Anthony Saleh.

WME Global helped arrange the financing for the film and is handling the worldwide rights. Low Spark Films financed the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit.

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  1. willy says:

    This is for a REAL cleveland homie who may or may not had to sell crack to literally feed himself to get through high school. ive been to his house when he was 16 with no lights or a bed to sleep on. He grew up chilling at the cleveland funwall some real ass shit. none of these fake ass actors have a clue what real life is like. ive been a fan of Nas for years, please for the sake of respect check your film crew

  2. willy says:

    There were a couple scenes filmed from this movie at an community built illegal skatepark. The whole reason the film crew were there were to film on the concrete that was illegally poured and finished by a group of community members including me. This film refused to talk to any of the community members that turned a crime ridden piece of land to a public skatepark for the youth. They instead insisted on notifying Mary Columbo that they wanted to use her piece of land to film the movie. The actual land owner had actually never known of the place’s existence. The film crew reported to us that they paid her 2000 to gain rights to film. They threatened to have us thrown out by the police so they could film on the concrete WE BUILT!!!!! I spoke to one crew member who had told me “I talked to the lady who owned this place and she said shes gonna bulldoze it anyway”. They proceeded to film.

    Weeks after they all left, WE STAYED. Weeks after Columbo Enterprises barricaded funwall and hired 24/7 armed security. They even initially used saw horses WE BUILT! as barricades. We had just built a new ramp and repaired a section of flat ground in front of the ramp. This cost in the thousands of dollars. Soon after the barricades went up, a huge face went up, then the heavy equipment came and tore out all the trees, then finally tore out the concrete. Those of you who have done concrete KNOW it is hard work. Work that usually you would not have to pay for material and you would get payed for labor. WE DID ALL OF THE WORK FOR FREE! BECAUSE WE ACTUALLY CARED!

    Not only was this place a public skatepark, it was a home for hip hop breakdance jams, full wrestling matches with wrestling rings and announcers, skateboarding and cookout jams were held here with hundreds of people in attendance. Although it being an illegally made an occupied property, we were working on a legal defense as easement by estoppel. It had been occupied from what i’ve known since the early 90’s by graffiti artists. This place was simply beautiful. REAL professional skateboarders and skateboard teams have stopped through to skate funwall. Vice magazines filmed short clips and interviews featuring pro skater Rick McCrank. I have seen neighborhood kids learn to skateboard at this place. The list goes on for the positivity this place omitted.

    In the description of this film it states “The Land is a beautifully rendered story about friendship, values, and what it means for disaffected youth to come of age on the streets of Cleveland.” A good amount of these actors are not from or reside in Cleveland. Funwall was made and celebrated by the REAL disaffected youth. It featured the REAL culture of the streets. A culture that wasn’t money hungry and had VALUES. Let it be known this comment won’t be the end.

    We had a cultural beacon stripped from our hands. A documentary ought to be made to document this sad tragedy. Cleveland skateboarding and street culture will continue in the darkness while this movie flourishes in sunny California This movie may be an alright story but the very basis is a complete contradictary to any actual values it actually claims. It is simply a fairy tale story and nothing more.

    • Ray says:

      I think YOU should do the documentary. I think it should be about the park, about the movie, and about how art should exist in the real world. Get it started with real filming and then you’ll attract funders. After starting, you’ll then be able to interview those involved with making the movie, etc. This could be a very good film.

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