It has been a whirlwind of a career for former NFL player turned Oscar-winning executive producer, Matthew A. Cherry. Following the success of BlackKklansman, Sony Pictures Animation has signed on to help bring the an endearing animated story about family, self-acceptance and the African-American experience to screens with Hair Love.
Cherry’s Hair Love short film, which started out as a 2017 KickStarter campaign that raised nearly $300K, is the filmmaker’s first foray into animation.
The story centers on the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter, and her hair. When dad has to unexpectedly step in for mom to do his daughter Zuri’s hair before a big event, what seems like a simple task is anything but as these locks have a mind of their own!
Hair Love will be co-directed by Cherry (Whiskey Cavalier, The Red Line), also the short’s writer, and animator Everett Downing (story artist, The Boss Baby). Producers are Karen Toliver (SVP of Creative Development, Sony Pictures Animation), Cherry, Stacey Newton and Monica A. Young. Frank Abney and Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) are exec producers.
“In the past year, it has been very clear that audiences have been yearning to see fresh stories that are universal and culturally authentic,” Sony Animation President Kristine Belson told Deadline. “Hair Love is a wonderful father-daughter story and we are proud to nurture talented young filmmakers like Matthew who are breaking new ground.”
Learn more about the film on the project’s Kickstarter page.