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 from the car sequence of "I, Destini." It features a sketch of Destini looking at a large tree through the back-seat window of her grandmother's car. Her proper left hand rests on her chin.
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