North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
The short animated film, I, Destini tells the story of having an incarcerated brother from Destini Riley’s perspective (at the time she was 14). The film is a collaboration between her and filmmaker Nicholas Pilarski. All of the key frames were drawn by Destini. Destini’s mother and father, Latina Riley and Carlos Riley, Nicholas, and Sarah Bassett did the subsequent Rotoscoping of more-than 10,000 frames.
A pen and ink drawing of an animation still for a short film titled "I, Destini." The sketch features the silhouette of Destini Riley from behind. In front of her is a cross-section view of a two-story house. Individuals inside the house can be seen engaging in a variety of activities. One person on the top floor sits on a bed using a tablet while another person, in an adjacent room, lies on a bed. On the bottom floor, a person on a sofa plays video games, while another person in the adjacent room watches television. In a third room, someone eats at a dining table.
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Destini T. Riley, Nicholas Pilarski, Lattina Lennon Riley, Sarah M. Bassett, Kathleen Lingo and The New York Times Company