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 country 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 to leave things the way they were…

By Swing Scene

Shot between the beautiful parish of Portland and the cityscape of Kingston, this 23-minute pilot explores the dynamics of relationships, long-distance love and economic instability, all very common things in the lives of many young people today.

“We wanted to tell a simple story about 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. Being aware of the times we are living in is key to survival.”

– Donisha Prendergast (Writer, Savannah)

Genre: Drama

Original Broadcast Date: November 11, 2017

Director: Mykal “Kush Asher” Cushnie

 

 

The Cast

Savannah

Savannah

Donisha Prendergast

    Savannah represents a middle class existence: a comfortable, stable, predictable life in the hills of Port Antonio, Portland. As an only child, she lives a sheltered life.

    Georgie

    Georgie

    Joel Young-Sang

      Georgie, unlike Savannah, didn’t have a privileged childhood. He moved to the Kingston shortly after graduation and has found some level of success with a construction firm in the city, which comes with its own vices.

      Jerry

      Jerry

      zBek

        Jerry, is Georgie's cousin. A childhood bully who graduated high school at the same time as Georgie, he suffers from depression and anxiety and tries to balance life by driving a route taxi from Portland to Kingston to earn a living.

        Help Us to Continue the Series

        Savannah is his first independently produced narrative short film, which is only one episode in the brand new DSE Jamaica series Her Name is Jamaica. The series will explore themes of love, betrayal, human trafficking, survival in unchartered territory and unstable economic conditions.

        “We were intentional in crafting a story with a female lead because I believe the voice of the Jamaican woman is yet to really be platformed on film in a consistently positive and beautiful way.”

        – Kush Asher (Director, Savannah)

        Film industries everywhere are witnessing a rise in narratives designed to instigate some level of social commentary while providing entertainment. Direct Shoot Edit (D.S.E) Jamaica is intent on being a part of those conversations locally.

        The challenge facing the Jamaican film industry today is not a lack of talent, equipment, stories or locations, but rather a lack of funding and a lack of faith in what could potentially be a fruitful industry with a variety of benefits for local development.

        Savannah was shot in three days with a crew of 23, including interns that were
        recruited on location in the Breast Work community where the story is staged. “Film builds come-unity” is one of D.S.E. Jamaica’s key philosophies, and we aim to continue building and uniting communities through our works and, with your help and support, through this new series. Donate today to help us continue the journey by moving into production for a full season of Savannah in 2018.