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The Invincible Jayson Garvey

In a dystopian era of state control, curfews and quarantines, a mother and scientist uses her knowledge to address vigilante violence.

  • Melanee Murray-Hunt
    Director
    Race Anonymous, Do The Math, The Trial of Miss Mudimbe
  • Melanee Murray-Hunt
    Writer
    Race Anonymous, The 'Hoodwink,Do The Math, The Trial of Miss Mudimbe
  • Paul Larry Day
    Producer
  • Melanee Murray-Hunt
    Producer
    Race Anonymous, The 'Hoodwink, Do The Math
  • Stephen Hunt
    Producer
    Do The Math, Race Anonymous, The 'Hoodwink, Looking Back
  • Melanee Murray-Hunt
    Key Cast
    "Alex (Dr. Alexandra Garvey)"
    Joe Pickett (CBS), Tribal (APTN) KPAX (Universal) 24 (Fox(
  • Althea Cunningham
    Key Cast
    "Althea "
    Marshall
  • Emmanuel Yung
    Key Cast
    "Jayson Garvey"
  • Tom Smith
    Key Cast
    "Cop 1"
  • Marika Gosik
    Key Cast
    "Cop 2"
  • Omatta Udalor
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Derek Garvey"
  • Erica Amery
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Frederickson"
  • Ricardo Charles
    Key Cast
    "Lamont Marshall"
  • Jenna Downey
    Key Cast
    "Morgue Assistant"
  • Jared Eves
    Editor
  • Da- P
    Music
  • Geordie Day
    Director of Photography
  • Scarlette McGillis
    Make-Up
  • Luke Moore
    Effects Supervisor
  • Kakai Mabonga
    Hair Stylist
  • Isoken Asemota
    Hair Stylist
  • Luke Moore
    Art Director
  • Hannah Racette
    Wardrobe
  • Paul Day
    Location Scout
  • Stephen Hunt
    Production Accountant
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    BMC 23:98 / 60PF's
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Melanee Murray-Hunt

Melanee's career spans film, television and stage. A creator who knows no bounds, she garnered a development deal with Time Warner under the supervision of music legend, Quincy Jones, for the pilot script, The White Guy. Melanee is currently working on a new series with Mosaic Entertainment, helmed by show runner Greg Ball, best known for the hit Fox TV series, Bones. Her short film Race Anonymous has won awards for Best Drama, Best Produced Screenplay (among others) in festivals around the United States and Canada. Her indie drama, The Trial Of Miss Mudimbe, has landed her Special Mention and nominations for Best Director at various festivals including the Hamilton Black Film Festival. Other awards include: Best Actress, Best Script and Best Production for her critically acclaimed, comedy solo theatre show, The 'Hoodwink, which she also made into a film short of the same name.

​Melanee is currently in post production on two projects, The Invincible Jayson Garvey - a speculative fiction journey into the aftermath of a "stand your ground" shooting of an unarmed African American boy and The Invisible Bruise, an exploration of domestic violence. The script for The Invincible Jayson receiveGarveyd a twenty thousand dollar funding award from Calgary Arts Development and was also selected for the Women In The Director's Chair Career Accelerator Program in St. John's. It was also shortlisted for Telefilm's Talent To Watch program by Women In The Director's Chair. The Invisible Bruise was produced as part of the Artist As Changemaker Cohort at the Trico Changemaker Studio for the non-for-profit organization Sagesse, which is dedicated to ending domestic violence.

As an actor, Melanee can be seen as Valerie seen in the Hallmark movie, Meet Me At Christmas, as Chrissy in APTN's Tribal, in the award winning feature film, Jasmine Road, the indie short Black and Blue, the City TV/CBC series Young Drunk Punk, the series Judging Amy, Law and Order, Joe Pickett (currently in production with Paramount) and others. She played Tori on the Nickoledeon Show, 100 Deeds For Eddie McDowd, Bess in the feature film KPAX with Jeff Bridges and Alfre Woodard and made appearances on 24, Everybody Loves Raymond and others. Melanee has continued to write and perform, receiving both awards and critical acclaim in a number of genres, including acting, directing, writing and producing. ​

Melanee's play, The Venus of Basin Street, (aka Nothing Like The Sun) premiered to critical acclaim in Calgary along with her solo show The 'Hoodwink which has premiered to outstanding awards, reviews and ovations in Calgary and New York. Her sequel to Race Anonymous, Do The Math, was an official selection for the Creation International Film Festival and the Hollywood Verge Film Awards.

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Director Statement

My hope, with this film is to provide what I call "grounded escapism" for marginalized people. Fantastic situations on screen often involve people who have more privilege and access than I do and when there are marginalized people cast in sci-fi and fantasy, nothing about our current circumstances, dilemmas and challenges are mentioned. I think there's a problem with that. For BIPOC viewers who consume fantasy and sci-fi, this further renders our very central, very powerful experiences invisible. And the truth is, Western society would not be as prosperous, innovative and influential without us. Our stories are not marginal, despite our marginalization. Indeed, the story of BIPOC ppl in general and African ppl in particular, are not only central to the economics, art and moral integrity of North America, they embody all the elements of the "hero's journey." And of course, the Black experience is the stuff sci-fi is made of. Except it's real.

I wanted to center, as well, the lives of the families who experience loss at the hands of racially motivated violence. Especially the mothers. Our mothers have maintained our communities when they were under the most threat and peril. I want to remind us all that those killed are not the faces of criminals or "guys with a record" but human beings with sisters, brothers, mothers who love them. Deeply, strongly, powerfully.