Actor/dancer Gregory Hines is about to step behind the camera, having made a deal to direct his first feature film, “White Man’s Burden,” a story about interracial love.
The film will be shot under the City Films banner with Mark Evan Jacobs producing and starring.
Cinematographer Bernd Heinl (“Bagdad Cafe,””Bodies, Rest and Motion,” and “Trusting Beatrice”) will lense. There is no distributor yet.
The story is a contemporary romantic drama about a relationship between a 30 -year-old white radical, to be portrayed by Jacobs, and a black female high school student. It will be filmed entirely on location in and around New York City.
Hines, who last year won a Tony for his performance as jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton in “Jelly’s Last Jam,” had been shopping around for a project to direct for several months. His manager, Francine Saperstein, came across “White Man,” written by novice screenwriter Allison Burnett.
“What initially attracted me to this project was the culture and age difference between the two lovers,” Hines said. “I found the story to be provocative and disturbing, with characters who felt real to me.”
In addition to producing and starring in Castle Hill’s “Trusting Beatrice,” Jacobs also appeared in “Biloxi Blues” and “GoodFellas.”
Hines’ film credits include “Running Scared,””White Nights,””Tap” and “The Cotton Club.”
He also appeared on last Sunday’s Tony Awards show, presenting the choreography award along with Agnes DeMille.