David Oyelowo Worked With His Family to Write Music for His Directorial Debut ‘The Water Man’

The theme at the heart of David Oyelowo’s directorial debut, “The Water Man,” is the strength of families. Opening May 7, the feature revolves around Gunner (Lonnie Chavis), a boy who ventures out to find the Water Man — a mythical figure with healing powers who might be able to cure his terminally ill mother, Mary, played by Rosario Dawson.

Family also played a central role when it came to creating the film’s sonic landscape. While composer Peter Baert crafted much of the film’s score, Oyelowo’s wife, Jessica, had already contributed some songs.

“David wanted my character, Missus Bakemeyer, to be playing the piano when Gunner comes to the

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