Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Film based on X-Games' Masekela in works
By Keith Hamm
Sal Masekela performs with his band 'Alekesam' at a screening of his documentary at Sonos Studios in Los Angeles. A feature film inspired by the documentary is nearing production.
The relationship between X Games host Sal Masekela and his musician father, Hugh Masekela, is heading toward the art-imitates-life realm with the announcement that a feature film is in the works.
Headed up by Olympus Pictures, the untitled Masekela project is "the story of a son emerging out of the shadow of his successful but troubled father and set against a backdrop of music, surfing and the waning days of Apartheid," according to the production company's website.
"I always wanted to make a film about apartheid from an American perspective. While I wasn't raised in South Africa, my father's exile as a result of apartheid directly influenced my life growing up as a young American teenager. Music and surfing coupled with my dad and I learning how to be father and son will be the thread," Sal Masekela said.
Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis, cofounder of Highway 61 Entertainment, is also listed as a producer, with Olympus president Leslie Urdang.
"I first met Sal when he was a teenager working with his father on [Paul Simon's] 'Graceland' tour," said Urdang. "We met again many years later, and the riveting narrative is a father-son story filled with surprise, danger, bravery, forgiveness, and lots of music."