Director Stephen Belber to Present New Film ‘What We Do Next’ – Deadline


Director Stephen Belber will present a new film, What We then do World Premiere at Cinequest Cinejoy Film Festival

What we do next will make its world premiere at Cinequest’s Cinejoy Film Festival on April 14. The festival is virtual and is an emotional thriller sitting at the intersection of race, class and criminal justice, which focuses on the three powerful and dynamic performances of its protagonists.

Written and directed by Stephen Belber (Match with Patrick Stewart Management with Jennifer Aniston), and stars Corey Stoll (Billions, a house of cards), Karen Pitman (And just like that… The morning show), and Michelle Veintimilla (Big Sky, Gotham). It was safely and successfully shot in the fall of 2020 in just six and a half days of filming, before the vaccines, at the height of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The film tells the story of a New York politician (Pittman) rising through the political ranks who is forced to navigate her complicated past with a young woman recently released from prison (Veintimilla) and a corporate lawyer with whom she shares an equally complicated story (Stoll). The power constantly shifts between the three characters as they fight for their version of the truth.

Chris Mangano (Standing, Falling, Don’t tell a soul), Merry Kay Poe (Don’t tell a soul), and Max Neace produced the film, which is a co-production between Poe’s Unbridled Films and Mangano’s Mangano Movies & Media. Stephen Belber, Brian Tanke and Matt Bronson are executive producers on the film, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lynn Nottage serving as co-producer.

VERVE VENTURES and Literary Agency and UTA Independent Film Group are co-representing the film for sales.

Watch the trailer above.


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