For the last few months, director Robert Townsend has been in Miami filming his upcoming basketball-inspired romantic comedy, Playin’ for Love. Robert has been working hand in hand with the City Of Miami and the Miami Heat to ensure filming is not only a smooth process, but a beneficial process for local kids and crew, of whom they are using many students from the University Of Miami.
Robert has been involving the community and working with a lot of local youths from the Overtown community, including young people that are aspiring to have careers in the film and entertainment industry. The crew even held a casting alongside Isiah Thomas at the American Airlines Arena looking for extras and players to star in the movie.
The movie will highlight the historic Overtown district as a whole, as well local high schools Booker T. Washington, Miami Jackson and Miami Edison and Miami High. Of the film [Playin’ for Love], Townsend says tells the UM’s School Of Communication:
“When Commissioner Jones approached me about creating a project here in Miami to give the local community and beyond a message of hope, I signed on immediately. This is a situation I understand, I was that kid from the ghetto. I know what we can do by reaching out to young people in Miami and showing them possibilities. They too can touch the dream and we are all joining together to help that come true.”
The movie is set to hit theaters in 2014, so more details should arrive later this year in regards to an actual premiere date.