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. Frame animations are the products of a series of creative workshops between Nicholas Pilarksi and the Rileys.
A black-and-white archival process photograph of Destini Riley and her father, Carlos Riley, rehearsing the smiles sequence for their film "I, Destini." Carlos stands in front of the camera with his eyes closed and white paper with a smile on it attached to his face. Destini, seated next to him, looks on intently. [WALLTOWN POLICE] is written on a white board behind them, as well as Mom, Dad, and Destini.
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