I caught up with writer/director/actor Hadjii following
the screening of his feature film, Somebodies, during
the 31st annual Atlanta Film Festival. Our impromptu interview went
something like this:
So I heard a rumor that your film is being turned into a TV
pilot for BET?
Hadjii: Yea, the
rumors are true.
Wow, that's amazing, but I also heard it's shooting right here
in the place it originated, just outside of Atlanta, in Athens,
GA. Is that correct?
Hadjii: Yeah, it's
pretty cool, we get to do it right here.
Now I also heard that some of the main actors will get to reprise
their characters in the television version.
Hadjii: Yup, that's
true as well.
Just seconds later, I caught up with Kaira Whitehead, Somebodies
lead actress (and Hajii's real life love interest) exiting
the theater, and congratulated her on their overall success. (We
recently worked together on a short film last fall.) She beamed
with enthusiasm as she reiterated the general details of their upcoming
project and we discussed the significance of their success for Atlanta's
Here's a small indie film that found modest success with acceptance
into Sundance 2006, that's still being touted by nationally renown
film critic Roger Ebert at his "Overlooked Film Festival"
two years later. It's been picked up by BET Network, a cable network
for television. And, it's going to be filmed locally with the original
Write this one up as another major score in 2007 for Atlanta-based
talent and evidence to the world that we are a community of talented