Animated short film Hair Love which started as a project to celebrate black fathers, their daughters and their natural hair, is now picked up by Sony Pictures Animation.
As reported by Deadline, filmmaker Mattheew A. Cherry announced his partnership with the studio. Cherry was an executive producer for BlacKkKlansman.
Produced by Sony Pictures Animation senior VP of creative development Karen Toliver, Cherry, Stacey Newton and Monica A. Yolung, Hair Love will have Frank Abney and Peter Ramsey (one of the three directors behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as executive producers.
Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson told Deadline that audiences have been yearning to see fresh stories that are universal and culturally authentic.“Hair Love is a wonderful father-daughter story and we are proud to nurture talented young filmmakers like Matthew who are breaking new ground,” she added.
Featuring illustrations by Vashti Harrison, Hair Love is also set to be released as a children’s book by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House on 14 May.