Sontenish Myers is a Caribbean-American writer-director based in Harlem, NY. She is is a graduate and adjunct professor of NYU's Graduate Film program. Sontenish has written and directed 4 short films to date. In her work, racial identity, womanhood, power dynamics, and the heroic journey are often explored. She is particularly interested in doing so across genres, from dramas, science fiction/fantasy, to dark comedies.
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. She's faced with the choice of staying silent or speaking up, knowing whichever she chooses will ultimately impact everyone. Set in Kingston, Jamaica, the film explores coming of age and family dynamics up against secrets and cultural taboos. The film world premiered at East End Film Festival in London and made its North American Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival. Sontenish was also awarded the Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker at Palm Springs International Shortfest for Cross My Heart, which was also included in Refinery29's list of The Most Exciting Woman-Directed Films At 2018's Palm Springs Shortfest. Cross My Heart won the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at Hampton International Film Festival for its “outstanding performances from its two young leads and a nuanced directorial approach.”
Sontenish is currently a 2018-2019 IFP Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film. She is currently developing her first feature film, Stampede, which has been accepted into the 2019 HIFF Screenwriting Lab.
2018 Hampton International Film Festival Vimeo Staff Pick Award
2018 Palm Springs Int'l Shortfest: Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker
2018 Lorraine Hansberry/Ralph Ellison Arts, Performance, and Media Award
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