Films

Cargo
Release 2017
Passage Children of God
In Distribution
Priceless Burn March On I am not a Dummy Bliss Habana
In Development

Cargo

Cargo

ACTION/DRAMA

Written by
KAREEM J. MORTIMER

About the film

Won best pitch at CaribbeanTales during the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Accepted at the Toronto TIFF talent-lab 2013.

Logline

A sensitive fisherman transforms into a prolific human smuggler to pay off a gambling debt and provide for his family.

Synopsis

Kevin is a white Bahamian fisherman, whose life is slowly unraveling. After wasting his remaining funds at a gambling house he is approached by a security guard Mark who suggests that Kevin supplements his income by using his vessel as a means to transport people illegally into the United States.

Kevin at first, dismisses this as a viable option but when pressures mount for him to perform financially he accepts the offer. After Kevin successfully transports a group of immigrants to a nearby island he is able to briefly alleviate his problems, but soon the need for more funds consume Kevin and he must take a longer and riskier journey. Kevin then leads scores of other migrants on a final journey that is treacherous, unsettling and one that will sadly result in only one of our characters walking away with their life.

Passage

Passage

DRAMA (16min)

Written and directed by
KAREEM J. MORTIMER

Cast

DANA J. FERGUSON, STEPHEN TUYRONE WILLIAMS, LORENZ WRIGHT...

Producer

KAREEM J. MORTIMER
TREVITE WILLIS

Executive Producer

LUCY HANNAH, Commonwealth Foundation
MARC BOOTH, B3 Media

Distributed in

United States of America

Awards

WON Best Short Film of the Diaspora, African Movie Academy Award
WON Best Short Film, Trinidad and Tobago Short Film
WON - Best Short Film, FLIFF Grand Bahamas
WON Director’s Choice Award, Portland Maine Film Festival
Special Jury Mention, Belize International Film Festival
WONBest Short Film, Caribbean Tales Film Festival
WON Best Short Film, Zimbabwe International Film Festival
WON Best Actress in a Short film, Zimbabwe International Film Festival.
WON Best Actress in a short film, WideScreen Film and Video Film Festival 

Synopsis

A Twenty year old Haitian woman, Sandrine and her brother thirteen year old brother Etienne are being transported from Haiti to the Bahamas in the hold of a dilapidated wooden vessel filled with several other immigrants in search of a better life. During the journey, a young woman gets violently ill. A rule of the sea in transporting persons dictates that when a person gets violently ill; they have to be thrown off the boat to limit spread of disease. Sandrine protests this rule but the woman is thrown overboard nonetheless. Shortly thereafter, Sandrine notices that her brother is exhibiting the same symptoms of the unlucky woman so Sandrine will have to use her smarts and strength to save her brother’s life.

Children of God

Children of God

DRAMA (105min)

Written and directed by
KAREEM J. MORTIMER

Cast

JOHNNY FERRO, STEPHEN TUYRONE WILLIAMS, MARGARET LAURENA KEMP...

Producer

TREVITE WILLIS
RICHARD LEMAY
KAREEM J. MORTIMER

Executive Producer

JAY GOTLIEB

Distributed in over 25 countries

AMERICA - EUROPE - ASIA - AUSTRALIA
France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Austria, USA, Central America, Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan;

Awards

- Director to watch,The Independent
- Audience Award, Best Narrative Newfest New York City
- Best Film, Hawaii Rainbow Film Festival
- Best Film, Ft. Worth Q cinema, Texas
- Audience Award Turin GLBT Film Festival, Italy
- Jury Award, Best film made in the Caribbean Spirit. Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
- People's Choice Award, Best Feature Film, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
- Top Ten Film BET.COM
- Best Film, Atlanta Out on Film
- Best Actor, Johnny Ferro, Atlanta Out On Film
- Best Director, Atlanta Out On Film
- Best International Feature, QBC International Film Festival, New York City
- Best Script, LesgaiCinemad, Kareem Mortimer
- Best Director, LesGaiCinemad
- Best Film, LesGaiCinemad

Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobic crime and offering a scathing examination of the underlying hatred for gays rampant in Caribbean societies, Bahamian Kareem Mortimer’s debut narrative feature tells the stories of three very different individuals: Lena, the conservative, deeply religious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor; Romeo, a handsome young black man hiding his sexuality from his close-knit and loving family; and Jonny, the conflicted and creatively-blocked white artist in search of himself.

All three head for the spectacularly beautiful and tranquil island of Eleuthera, each with a different reason for escaping current circumstances. Soon, their disparate worlds collide in unexpected and affecting ways. This uncommon portrayal of love, loneliness, tolerance, secrets and self-acceptance takes viewers on a poignant multifaceted journey that is enlightening, courageous, and disquieting all at the same time, and which shocks to the very core with its startling conclusion.
by Tom Davia

Priceless

Priceless

COMEDY

Written by
KAREEM J. MORTIMER

Synopsis

LUIS, an aspiring actor, habitual lie-teller has just ended his relationship with PAT, his much older financially secure lover and his only sexual partner. Without a way of supporting his disabled sister and facing a mountain of debt. Luis enlists the help of ARMANDO a suave Jamaican hustler who helps Luis gets started.

After a number of comical initiations into the business, Luis becomes really good at what he does as he develops a steady roster of clients. Things then become complicated when Luis meets an attractive nurse, JESSE who he begins to have a strong connection with and keeps his occupation a secret from him.

Juggling both his personal and professional life becomes difficult for Luis and he ends up being caught by Jesse in a precarious position with a client. Luis must decide if he wants to find a regular job or give up on his chance of love with Jesse.

Burn

Burn

COMEDY

Written by
KAREEM J. MORTIMER

Logline

A selfish washed up former olympic track star is forced to return to his small home town and coach rebellious teenager.

Synopsis

In the spirit of Cool Runnings and Bend it Like Beckham, Burn tells the story of Russell “Lightning” Gibson a former Olympic medalist that is now out of shape, broke and unemployed living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment.. When his dream job as a track coach at an elite New York City school falls through he is forced to return home to his small town to find a job. Once home, Russell discovers that his home is a complete disaster. His elderly mother is behind on her utilities and his now grown daughter is filled with resentment as Russell has chosen career over raising her.

Russell then takes a job at a fiscally challenged high school where he discovers a rough but talented runner by the name of Bernadette Pierre. Russell takes Bernardette under his wings and becomes her coach, mentor and de-facto parent. . Of equal importance to Russell , is a developing relationship with the school’s guidance counsellor Bianca, a fiery beauty who, at first, slights then warms to him. Their growing attraction for each other is about to get battered by circumstance and misunderstanding, as neither is prepared to cope with pressures of Russell’s grown up challenges. Bernadette’s status as track star begins to grow exponentially as she is renamed the aptly titled Burn. Together ,Burn and Lightning take on the track world as Russell encourages Bernadette to reach her wildest dreams and conquer her deepest fears.

March On

March On

HORROR

Written by
DANAE CASH

About the film

This script has won several awards, including winning the best script at the Bahamas International Film festival; Jurors included executives from Weinstein and Shoreline Entertainment.

Logline

An infection breaks out on a small island in the Caribbean, turning it’s natives into blood‐thirsty cannibals. A single mother of two young kids and a band of survivors fight for their lives to restore order.

Synopsis

One of hundreds of flights into the International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas carries a very dangerous passenger into the country. This man has been unknowingly infected with a virus that raises the dead and turns them into undead cannibals. In less than 24 hours things have come to a head, and the residents of Nassau are unaware of the hell that is about to be unleashed onto them. Rachel, a young, strong-minded reporter takes it upon herself to create a news segment to share with as many people as possible what is going on.

Will, a young pharmacist viewing the short program is the only person working in the pharmacy that believes the words of the young woman and he immediately leaves his job, alerting his best friend Nevaeh to what is going on. She in turn walks off of her job and calls her brother and daughter to meet her at home so they can escape from the threat. Nevaeh arrives home and she takes her family to stay with Will on the outskirts of civilization in an attempt to wait out the impending disaster.

I am not a Dummy

I am not a Dummy

DRAMA

Written by
KAREEM J. MORTIMER

Synopsis

The true story of an alcoholic father who is forced to look after his severely disabled son while also facing his inner-demons. The film tells the story of Roderick Knowles, a hot-tempered, fiery functional alcoholic with a taste for the ladies who receives the shock of his life when his wife gives birth to a child who is diagnosed to be severely mentally and physically handicapped.

The pressures of caring for such a child erodes Roderick’s marriage and results with his wife leaving the marriage and placing the child in a home where the child, Michael, is subject to abuse. Roderick is able to pull his life together to assume responsibility of Michael but cannot afford basic care for him.

Bliss

Bliss

DRAMA

Written by
ALEXANDER I. YOUNIS

About the film

Based on a true story.

Logline

A true story of a young European woman, married to an Egyptian businessman in Egypt, fighting for her freedom, the life of her unborn child and her daughter she left behind.

Synopsis

Amelia, a young and naive mother heads to Egypt with her new fiancé Tau, an attractive Egyptian businessman, for a short visit to his relatives. She leaves her four year old daughter from her previous marriage behind with her father assuming she will return shortly.

What was thought to be a few weeks vacation turns into months as Amelia finds it impossible to leave Egypt and escape Tau who has changed dramatically since they arrived in his country. Unable to overcome the cultural differences and misunderstandings between each other, pressure from Tau becomes dangerously chaotic and increasingly violent and abusive. Enslaved and emotionally lost she experiences a magical moment, the discovery that she is pregnant with her second child. Amelia finds new inner strength, but it will take determination and the pure will to survive, to regain her freedom, to save her unborn child and to return to her daughter she left behind.

Habana

Habana

COMEDY

Written by
KAREEM J. MORTIMER

Synopsis

Habana 3.19 is a character study of three teenage boys living in the Old Havana section of Cuba. After graduating high school; childhood friends Jordano, Philip and Marcos smoke, drink, screw and aimlessly wander their way through a balmy summer in Havana. These are the last few months before they realize that everything will change.
When the summer ends; Jordano will join the millitary; Philip will go to medical school and Marcos will pursue a teaching career. With their parents over-worked, struggling, and poor, they will have to pursue what they feel to be dreary soul-deadening jobs. What starts out as a carefree summer takes a turn as Philip discovers he has a pressing medical issue, Marcos’ on and off girlfriend becomes pregnant for the second time and Jordano meets an older wealthier Jamaican man who becomes infatuated with him, buys gifts and offers him a way out of Cuba. This changes the dynamic of the group and the tone of the summer as the boys realize that they will have to grow up sooner than they realize.

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