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Basir gives actress Nia Long some last minute direction (Press)   GET USED TO THE WORD NO AND MOVE ON:   Along with talent, the best filmmakers also have to have a thick skin. No matter how good your script is it takes money to make a film. Basir pitched Mooz-Lum to various people but continually got turned down for financial backing, despite having his cast already lined up. On the brink of shutting down his Michigan production office, the determined director placed a final call to a private investor that had previously declined but later had a change of heart and put up the capitol for the film to be completed. “You have to consciously shorten your time of disappointment,” says Basir. “So when someone tells you no you can’t be hurt for too long. I remember when I first started getting my no’s it would take me out for a little while, but now if somebody tells me no I’m discouraged for 10 seconds and then I move on.”

Basir gives actress Nia Long some last minute direction (Press) GET USED…