A young man in Baltimore struggles with his choice to be a drug dealer as his lifestyle clashes with his Islamic beliefs.

  • Division and Mosher Streets, Westside Neighborhood
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  • Wrapping the Body
  • Nia Directing Justin, Jamal, and Napoleon
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An Official Selection

We are very pleased to announce that Chrysalis: An Urban Web Series has been chosen as an official selection in the 2011 La Femme International Film Festival in Beverly Hills!

Chrysalis will screen October 13-16, 2011 at the LA Femme International Festival. Click here to visit their website for more information: http://www.lafemme.org/

 

The Trailer

 

WPFW Interviews Nia Malika Dixon New Year’s Eve 2010

Writer-Director Nia Malika Dixon is interviewed about indie filmmaking and her latest project, Chrysalis: An Urban Web Series. Chrysalis was shot over 4 days in Baltimore, MD and is scheduled to begin airing weekly on January 31, 2011. For more behind the scenes and exclusive updates, follow Nia on twitter.com/niamalikadixon, and “Like” the official FB page for Chrysalis: http://bit.ly/hpjZWu

Day 4 Principal Photography Final Shoot Day

Watching my scene unfold...

Day 4:

Today involved the most complicated action sequences, including a big gunfight in the middle of Mosher Street. In the pouring rain.

Thanks to a wonderful friend of mine (who I’ve known since he was a baby) we shot a robbery/shoot out in a tiny rowhouse apartment in the heart of West Baltimore’s drug district. AND, a major gunfight involving six different actors, two cars, and one monster truck-style, tricked out Chevy Suburban.

We lost a lot of blood. Literally. The rain kept washing away the blood off of my actors and their gunshot wounds.

But, thanks to a superb make up artist, a talented DP, and the patience of neighbors and the local Police Department, we shot an amazing gunfight scene in the pouring rain.

The cast and crew really did a great job. We spent our final day in West Baltimore, and culminated a 4-day shoot with good cheer and a few hilarious, behind-the-scenes moments not sufficient for work. :) (Well, your work anyway. LOL.)

Well done, good people. Well done.

Westside Rowhouses

Division and Mosher Streets, Westside Neighborhood

"This is what's going to happen..."

Sound, Camera, Gaffer, Director

The Camera

The Famous Marble Steps

It's starting to rain.

"Where is she?"

"Get my money!"

The Director and Her iPad

I used my iPad to hold all my scripts, call sheets, notes, etc. for my latest film shoot. I love my iPad, and I think I shall name him. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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