An American teen visits her family in Jamaica and 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.
Cross My Heart is currently being submitted to film festivals. Stay tuned to learn more about its festival run journey!
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
Paris Blues Jazz Club, Harlem, NY. 2015.
A Harlem-based writer-director and a 3rd 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. Her most recent short film, Cross My Heart, follows an American teen who upon visiting her family in Jamaica, discovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. Sontenish was recently awarded as a "30 Under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leader" by the Institute of Caribbean Studies as well as selected by NYU as a 2017 Martin Scorsese Scholarship recipient.
2017 Martin Scorcese Scholarship Recipient
2017 30 Under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leader Award
2017 Bernie Brillstein Scholarship Recipient
Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship