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Nabil Elderkin Talks Directing ‘Gully,’ Travis Scott’s Role & Film’s Hip-Hop/Classical ‘Sonic Tapestry’

Gully follows a trio of troubled teens in Los Angeles played by Jacob Latimore (The Chi, Collateral Beauty), Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete, Looking for Alaska) and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Waves, Monster). The gritty feature film depicts how the three boys are byproducts of their ‘hood who “don’t really get to play astronaut and stick fight because there’s so much being demanded [from them],” says screenwriter Marcus J. Guillory. In spite of being subject to their respective cycles of violence and abuse at home, their brotherhood remains the most unfailing force in their lives, as Gully portrays a gutting picture of what it means to be a “ride-or-die.”

“Music videos was my film school,” Elderkin tells Billboard. Of course, he’s not the only music video director to transition into film: In 2019, two-time Grammy winner Melina Matsoukas, who’s helmed visuals for Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and more, made her directorial debut with the romantic crime drama Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, among many other examples.

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