Jamie Hector, who played drug kingpin Marlo Stanfield on "The Wire," just wrapped shooting a film called "The Gift" in town. He stars as an aspiring rapper who runs a credit-card scam to raise money for a surgery necessary for his son, played by Tyire Johnson. Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander, of VH1's "Flavor of Love," plays his wife.
The film shot predominantly in Southwest Philadelphia where executive producer Steve "Stevie G" Gordon owns the Philly Breakfast Home (5355 Woodland), where the chef, Larry Washington, formerly of the Four Seasons, kept the cast and crew well fed. Stevie G and co-executive producer Terrance Glasgow, who have backgrounds producing and managing hip-hop acts, developed the story; its screenplay was written by Ken Kushner, also director of photography, and director J. Jesses Smith, who recently worked on a movie with 50 Cent. The film also features Michael Wright, Omar White of "Oz." Stevie G., who enlisted California producers Stevie Lockett and Troy Carter, hopes that the film plays in festivals, theaters and on cable, in addition to being issued on DVD.
Hector, who runs a New York nonprofit drama group for kids called Moving Mountains, said that he had fun at Donovan McNabb's White Party, and that he may be back in the area soon shooting another movie, about which he was mum on details.