Private Project


Set in 1948, this experimental project turns the American film noir on its head as it follows Chicago Detective David Greystone in his first case. An enigmatic blonde walks into his office with a mystery only he can solve. But after a preemptive visit from a beautiful telepathic messenger who checks him and he has to rethink his strategy.

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 19, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography

Valerie Rose is an author, producer, director,
screenwriter, model/ voice over talent and the
CEO of Roses Are READ Productions LLC.
She has authored a number of books including Cappuccino in
the Winter, The Family Reunion Is Not a Real
Vacation (featuring The Triangleheads),
Dream Your Dream: Getting Your Writing Out
There! and the Minnesota Book Award
nominee, You Better Recognize! A Spiritual
Guide Because Life’s a Trip!
Rose has appeared in a number of films
including, Dear White People, Black, Tuscaloosa, House of Tomorrow, She has also worked in television, appearing in ABC
TV’s In An Instant, Dynasty, The Chi, Chicago P.D., Star and Greenleaf. Rose is also the creative concept developer and
producer for an animation project and two
films: The Triangleheads, Hope Sessions and
The Pink Visitor, respectively. The latter
premiered at the Theatres at the Mall of
America (MOA) as part of a film completion in
which it garnered the Best Actress Award. Her
first documentary, Hope Sessions, is also slated
to premiere at the MOA in February 2016. In
the development of these projects, Rose wore
many hats including executive producer,
producer, director, casting director, cast
member and screenwriter. Rose is also the creator of Picture's Up Academy. She graduated with a B.S. from the School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she
majored in Computer Science and minored in
Management Information Systems.

Director Statement

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Director Statement

I took a page from the 1940s “hard boiled” detective fiction genre, e.g. The Maltese Falcon & Chinatown. Usually, a cynical detective in a big city is visited upon by a beautiful enigmatic & usually blonde woman with a problem. Using the tools that I had, I took a nonconformist, avant-garde approach to this model & turned it on its head. I paired public domain film clips with my own footage with an eclectic mix of special effects, black & white, color & sepia footage. I also challenged the of beautiful blonde European standard of beauty via a beautiful Black woman with a telepathic message.