This Provocative Film Tells The Story Of Classism And Sexual Exploitation
Danae Grandison’s upcoming short film, “UNSPOKEN,” will screen at the launching of “The Voice of a Woman Festival” in Jamaica, presented by Maureen A. Bryan. The film is a relevant and timely exploration of the socio-economical construct of classism and the prevalence of sexual misconduct.
UNSPOKEN will screen on Sunday, January 28 at 10:50 am. EST. at Cove Theatre, Main Street, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Parish. Grace Jones launches the festival with the premiere film, “Grace Jones: Bloodnight and Bami” in Kingston on Sat. January 27. Proceeds will support the charity, Woman Inc., which seeks to end violence against women and children in Jamaica.
“The UNSPOKEN film is amplifying the conversation of matrimonies, economics, opportunities, and specifically giving a voice to the underrepresented woman to inspire us broadly to identify challenges and drive change,” said Grandison, a former Kingston resident who attended I.C.H.S. “Apart from opening the viewer’s mind to a new position on women, their voice, their power or lack thereof, I am also feeling blessed to be able to tell a Jamaican story. While this is based off of a fictional narrative about real unspoken truths of our society, it is relatable worldwide as it is universal in experience. And the most amazing part of this journey has been to manifest the first of what I hope will be many films I will make in Jamaica. We on our little island have deep and inspiring stories for the world to see.”
The goal of UNSPOKEN is to re-empower women from all segments of the world by cracking the shell of silence around sexual duress.
Grandison, Miss Jamaica USA in 1997, resides in New York. She attended the School of Visual Arts in 2015 and successfully completed a Masters in Film. Grandison’s directorial-debut film, the award-winning, Unconditional Love (2011), transformed her creative platform as she discovered her passion for filmmaking. She followed up with her thesis film [Re]Defined (2016), which landed her much success at Oscar-qualifying festivals such as the Urbanworld Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival.
UNSPOKEN, based on the book, The Bed Head by Jennifer Grahame, features Katrina Spencer, Kimberly Patterson from “King of the Dancehall,” Hector Lincoln and Jamaica’s very own Jerry Benzwick. The drama, produced by Carleene Samuels with cinematographer Edward A. Herrera, anticipates great reviews and investor participation. And Grandison looks forward to developing the feature-length version of the film.
“It is an honor to debut the film at VOW, a festival Maureen Bryan is doing wonders with as she trail-blazes from the UK, to New York and now in her birth place. She recognized a while back that more festivals are needed for women to have their voice heard in this male dominated industry,” said Grandison. “We are humbled by the opportunity to share our film with Jamaica first and the film community here, and hope it inspires.”
THE VOICE OF A WOMAN (VOW) presents a bold and innovative program in London, New York and France, featuring the works of creative women exploring creativity and expression from a woman’s point of view.
UNSPOKEN will screen in the morning segment with other short-film female directors. To purchase tickets, visit:
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