“Childhood friends reconnect and an old flame is re-ignited. He is trying to make a name for himself in Kingston; she is content with her comfortable life in Portland. Will he convince her to give up country life and move to the city, or will she bring this country boy back home? Sometimes it’s best when we leave things the way they were.”
Most recognized for his work on reality series such as Mission Catwalk and NCB Capital Quest, as well as music videos for renown artists such as Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Protoje and Wyre, Mykal ‘Kush Asher’ Cushnie is a Film and Lifestyle Director and Editor.
In 2014, Kush Asher was commissioned to direct five made-for-television movies for MNET in Nairobi, Kenya. His portfolio also includes documentaries: 50 Days in Africa, W.A.R. Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney and 3D Finale: Dexter Pottinger; as well as several commercials and short films.
Savannah is a new Jamaican drama series directed by Kush Asher; written and produced by D.S.E. Jamaica. Shot between the picturesque parish of Portland and the cityscape of Kingston, this 23-minute pilot episode features stunning performances by Donisha Prendergast, zBek and Joel Young-Sang. The film was shot on location in the quaint community of Breastworks in Portland, Jamaica, and features performances by local actors and musicians.
“Film builds come-unity, which is one of DSE Jamaica’s key philosophies, and that is why it was so important for us to engage the local community of Breastworks to become personally invested in this film.” Said Director Kush Asher
Savannah is the first independently produced narrative short film by Director Kush Asher, which he hopes will be a pilot for a seven-part series shot across the island of Jamaica.
The story of Savannah is one of childhood love that faced the test of distance and time, only to sweeten once rekindled. It explores the dynamics of relationships, long-distance love and economic instability: all very common topics in the lives of many young people today.
“It is a simple story of young people exploring ideas of love, independence and life outside of what they know. In Jamaica, sometimes that means dealing with situations that arise as a ripple effect of an unstable economy.” Expressed writer and lead actress, Donisha Prendergast.
Savannah was intentionally crafted with a strong female lead since “the voice of the Jamaican woman is yet to really be platformed on film in a consistently positive and beautiful way” explained Director, Kush Asher. The voice of the Jamaican woman was also a theme carried across through the way in which the story was captured visually.
“Telling a love story with Portland as the backdrop isn’t new. In fact, it hasn’t been done enough. “It’s a kind of beauty that only poets could write about and appreciate” Kush explained