Naomi Baker and Da’Vinchi Set to Star in Jo Hatcher’s Debut Film ‘Hard Feelings’


Naomi Baker of “All American: Homecoming” and Da’Vinchi from “BMF” are set to headline the indie romantic drama “Hard Feelings,” the debut feature film directed and written by Jo Hatcher. The announcement follows Hatcher selection for the 2021 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive and inclusion in Gotham Week 2022.

The storyline revolves around high school senior Nami (played by Baker), facing a pivotal decision in her life. She embarks on a journey with her ex-boyfriend Zay (Da’Vinchi) to navigate and make choices about her future.

Produced by Deniese Davis, known for her work on “Insecure,” for Reform Media Group, with co-production by Melora Rivera, filming is scheduled to commence in Atlanta in early February.

Prior to her role in “Hard Feelings,” Baker was featured in The CW’s sports drama spin-off, “All American: Homecoming.” Da’Vinchi, recognized for his portrayal of Terry ‘Southwest T’ Flenory in Starz’s crime drama “BMF,” has also appeared in series like “All American” and “Grown-ish.” His notable film role includes “The Way Back,” a basketball drama led by Ben Affleck.

Hatcher, a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Sundance Screenwriters Intensive participant, hails from Jacksonville, Florida, and was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Deniese Davis, a four-time Emmy nominee and CEO of Reform Media Group, founded the company in 2020. Her credits include acclaimed HBO series “Insecure,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” and the Max comedy “Rap Sh!t.” Davis is also the co-founder of ColorCreative, a management company dedicated to supporting diverse creators.

The cast is represented by various agencies, with Baker repped by HRI Talent and Luber Roklin Entertainment, Da’Vinchi by Independent Artist Group, Pantheon Management Partners, and attorney Samantha Wainaina, Hatcher by UTA and Knol Hanly P.C., and Davis by CAA and Gang, Tyre, Ramer.

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