grey area

grey area follows Dre Nassir (Golden), an aspiring Toronto model, as she navigates the harsh reality of her professional life and is later forced to see her toxic ex of six years Amari Jones (Neké Andeh), for the first time since their breakup. 

  • Keesha Chung
    Director
  • Keesha Chung
    Writer
  • Keesha Chung
    Producer
  • Kevin Park
    Director of Photography
  • Jordan Hayles
    Editor
    www.jordanhayleseditor.com
  • Mecha Clarke
    Costume Designer
  • Aaron Watkins
    Composer
  • Golden
    Key Cast
    "Dre Nassir"
  • Neké Andeh
    Key Cast
    "Amari Jones"
  • Abriana Lashley
    Key Cast
    "Kiara"
  • Denika Lewis
    Key Cast
    "Mariah"
  • Leslie Durward
    Key Cast
    "Bethany"
  • Diana Goldman
    Key Cast
    "Cynthia Warner"
  • Zachariah Minawi
    1st AC
  • Shivani Chauhan
    1st AC
  • Chrris Lowe
    2nd AC
  • Dimitri Fartushenko
    Gaffer
  • Ifenna Okeke
    Grip
  • Rahnell Branton
    Makeup Artists
  • Cassandra Fullerton
    Makeup Artists
  • Trisha Toussaint
    Hair
  • Marvia Donegar
    Hair
  • Martillo Cuerda
    Sound Recordist
  • Tess Moir
    Sound Editor
  • Martillo Cuerda
    Sound Editor
  • Folasewa Babalola
    1st Assistant Director
  • Azra Kamenov
    Production Assistants
  • Chidimma Moraldo
    Production Assistants
  • Kevin Wu (Artjail)
    Colourist
  • Jazmine Batey
    Story Editor & Script Supervisor
  • Laura Van Dongen
    Behind the Scenes Video
  • Neam Saad
    Behind the Scenes Video
  • Sandra Thompson
    Catering
  • Jamila Albalushi
    On Screen Food
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital,
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Montreal International Black Film Festival
    Montreal
    Canada
    September 24, 2021
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Reelworld Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    October 24, 2021
    Toronto Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Toronto Black Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    February 16, 2022
    Official Selection
  • CineFAM
    Toronto
    Canada
    October 23, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Halifax Black Film Festival
    Halifax
    Canada
  • Vancouver Independent Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    Best Editing in Short
  • Vancouver Independent Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    Best Actress in Short
  • Sold Out Screening at Fox Theatre
    Toronto
    November 27, 2021
Director Biography - Keesha Chung

Keesha Chung is an emerging Toronto based filmmaker. Before making her directorial debut with "grey area" she worked in film, media, content production, and the arts for over 10 years. Keesha began her career as a professional model and segued into working behind the camera as a producer, director, and writer. She has worked as a TV host, model, segment producer, creative director, video editor, writer, programming coordinator, graphic designer, event producer, and event moderator.

After graduating from Concordia University with a BA in Women’s Studies, Keesha co-founded Collective Culture, a platform highlights the voices and experiences of BIPOC through content development and programming. In December 2020 she graduated from Humber’s Film and Multiplatform Storytelling Program with honours. She worked at Scarborough Pictures as an Associate Producer on CBC Gem's Next Stop. She is currently a part of Bell Media's prestigious Graduate Leadership Program.

Her goal with all her all her creative endeavours is to challenge representations politics and highlight the voices and stories of creatives of colour that inspire her.

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Director Statement

In mainstream media, stories about Blackness are almost entirely occupied by American voices, and that needs to change.

My first goal with this film was to tell the story of a young Black woman on her self-discovery journey. Her dynamic with Amari and her relationship with her job are essential indicators of where she is in this process. My second goal was to make a film that brought people into the world of my home city, Toronto. From the cast, crew, production, fashion, and music to the characters on screen - I wanted to tell a story representing Toronto on all levels. Dre's internal struggles drive this film, and the character of Toronto nuances the narrative.

I've been building this world for over five years, and watching it come to life with such a fantastic cast and crew has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.