Cross My Heart is a dramatic short film that explores themes of family, friendship, coming of age, and sexual abuse. This story is told through the eyes of an American teen, who, upon visiting her family in Jamaica, uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. She's faced with the choice of staying silent or speaking up, knowing whichever she chooses will ultimately impact everyone.
Status: In post-production! NYU Screening May 6, 2017.
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A short film written, produced and directed by Sontenish Myers for her 1st Year Spring Narrative film at NYU's MFA Program. No more than 3 scenes, 3 characters, 3 locations.
Starring Madeline McCray and Sasha Kelly Jackson, this film glimpses at two strangers who share a timely connection in a restaurant in Harlem.
A little girl and her playmate are running out of time.
MFA NYU Fall Film Project. Assignment was to tell a visual story in only exterior locations without dialogue, music, or voiceover in less than 4 minutes.
Written, Directed and Produced by Sontenish Myers.
Sontenish's first film.
A perspective on grief in monologue form. "Standstill" examines that moment of news that changes your life forever.
NYU Observational Character Study
"The second project of the [first] year is a five-minute, color, observational documentary exercise that is shot over the inter-term break with one or two person crews.
In this exercise, students explore a character by observing them. Each student must find and observe a person from real life who will be the subject of the piece. Students search for and film various aspects of their chosen subject that reveal character, such as behavior and place.
What is learned from the documentary exercise can be of great value to the dramatic director. The OCS project compels the filmmaker to use the camera to capture life as it happens, a skill which leads to more truthful and authentic behavior in their narrative fictional work."
Street Photography. Jamaica, West Indies. 2015
Afropunk 2015. Brooklyn, NY
Dance Africa 2015. Brooklyn, NY
A Harlem-based writer-director and a 2nd year at NYU's Grad Film program, Sontenish has written and directed 4 short films to date and is hungry for growth and expression as a visual artist. Inspired by storytellers including Octavia Butler, Kasi Lemmons, Steven Spielberg and Lynne Ramsay, it's this Jamaican-American filmmaker's mission to unpack the stories the everyday people carry with them through film. To uncover the real, the pain, and the magic.
Paris Blues Jazz Club, Harlem, NY. 2015.