The Photograph, February 14, 2020

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Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure, Little) and LaKeith Stanfield (FX’s Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) connect in The Photograph, a romance where a woman must learn from the secrets in her mother’s past if she is to move forward and allow herself to love and be loved. From writer-director Stella Meghie (The Weekend, Jean of the Joneses) from her original screenplay comes a sweeping love story about forgiveness and finding the courage to seek the truth, no matter where it may lead you. 

The Photograph is produced by Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, and by James Lopez, president of Will Packer Productions. The film is executive produced by Meghie, Erika Hampson and Rae.  

Filmed in New York City and New Orleans, the production teams in both cities on The Photograph implemented many best practices to reduce their environmental impact. In the office, they set up recycling and used reusable dishware to reduce disposables. They reduced plastic water bottles both in the office and on set and replaced with reusable water bottles and refilling stations. When possible, they rented fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles. On set, construction built their set walls with sustainably sourced FSC-Certified plywood.

The Photograph made efforts to give their materials a second life after production wrapped. Set construction was passed on to another Universal Pictures production, The King of Staten Island. Office supplies, toys, clothing, and set dressing were donated to local nonprofits including City Harvest, NY Cares, and Project Hope. The Photograph also donated over 300 pounds of excess catering to local shelters. These practices and more have qualified The Photograph for a 2020 EMA Green Seal.