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Emerald King

Every little girl grows up to become a woman. But often the wounds of a woman's soul keep her trapped, hindering her from living out her full potential. Emerald King has one way to deal with life's burdens, but it's not working. Can her friend Terry convince her that there is another way?

  • Bernadette Speakes
  • Chantel Deniese
  • JDS Entertainment, LLC - John Steinreich
  • Chantel Deniese
    Key Cast
  • Tysonia Jefferson
    Key Cast
  • Shiloh James
    Key Cast
    "Young Emerald"
  • Ella Burrell
    Key Cast
    "Young Terry"
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, inspirational
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4 K
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Queens City Film Festival (NJ)
    United States
    October 23, 2021
    East Coast Premier
    Honorable Mention (Best Female Performance)
Director Biography - Bernadette Speakes

Bernadette has spent years as an actor on the stage and screen. She’s now paving her way as a director! She made her directorial debut with staging the West Coast Premiere of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, at the Hudson Backstage Theater. In 2018’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, she directed a relevant piece, Villain. Bernadette also had the privilege of directing several staged readings; Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour’s, newest play CUT, for the Humanitas Play Festival, and most recently, The Queen of Los Angeles, for the Robey’s 25th Anniversary Gala, which was received with a standing ovation. Now Bernadette is taking her talents behind the camera. Due to her extensive theater background, she’s been able to transition her visual eye from stage to screen, directing scripted comedy shorts, to a sensitive drama short called Emerald King, about an emotionally wounded woman who has dealt with her pain through alcohol, written by upcoming actor/writer Chantel Deniese. Bernadette has also appeared in several acclaimed shows, such as, Tituba, in The Crucible during the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The Elephant Theater’s, North Plan, In Arabia We’d Be Kings, and The Fountain Theater’s West Coast Production of Direct from Death Row…The Scottsboro Boys. She’s performed at the Steppenwolf Theater, Goodman, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and the Matrix’s LA Premier of An Evening with Shakespeare featuring Taraji P. Henson. Awards include an Emmy Nomination for A Stage of Our Own, with James Earl Jones, and the 1997 Sundance Festival Winner, Love Jones, which was also honored in 2017 at the ABFF AWARDS for its contribution as a cinematic classic in African-American films. Other Film & TV Credits include…All American, Seal Team, Heroes, Parenthood, and To Sir with Love II with Mr. Sidney Poitier.

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