AS DRE NASSIR
Golden’s acting experience started in 2016 when she attended an open call audition that opened doors to rooms she’d always dreamed of being apart of. Fashion modelling, commercials, and music videos were her world— until 2019 when she decided to take her shot at television and feature films. She was making swift strides landing roles on various major television shows, when she got the call from Keesha Chung and accepted the role of “Dre” in the “Grey Area”, making her official debut to the film industry. It was an honour, and one of Golden’s proudest moments to play as such a deep character, who’s story resonated with her the moment she picked up the script
grey area is Neké’s first film! Through his modelling agency he’s done auditions for commercials and name brand ad’s. grey area was a perfect scenario for him to get his feet wet in the film world: “With the amazing cast and crew we were able to all spread our understandings of the characters and create our own world based around that. I am very happy and grateful to have been a part of the team!”
AS AMARI JONES
Abriana Lashley is a Barbadian performing artist with interests in acting and arts management. She will be graduating with a BFA in Theatre specializing in Performance, Creation and Research Fall 2021. Grey Area was a fun project to be apart of for her, as the more she learned about Kiara she realized how similar their mindsets are, making her even more fun to bring to life! She expresses special thanks to Keesha and the entire team on this project for making debut to the Canadian film world a great one!
Social Media: @clvssicmess
Leslie is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, having studied French, and Performance/Directing at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, where she was heavily involved in theatre performances as cast, crew and/or exec. She was overjoyed to work with such a talented and fun cast and crew on her first film set. Being able to discover Bethany’s unfiltered and antagonistic nature was an amusing and shocking switch from everyday life.
Representation: The Characters Talent Agency
Social Media: @lesliedurward
Diana has spent years training with many of Toronto’s most renowned acting and voice coaches. She is also a professional singer-songwriter-recording artist with her own YouTube channel. She’s acted in numerous TV shows, feature films, commercials and live theatre, and writes, produces and directs all of her own music videos. Playing the role of Cynthia, was great fun, as Diana always enjoys working against type and playing complex characters who are deeply flawed and exhibit some of the worst characteristics of humankind.
AS CYNTHIA WARNER
Denika has always had a passion for working creatively and trying new projects. Whether it's writing or modelling, she always finds a way to have a creative outlet. This is her first experience with acting; playing the role of Mariah. Denika was able to connect with the character by learning about Mariah's depths and bringing her to life, which was an exciting experience for her. She is thankful to have acquired such experience from 'Grey Area', and to have been a part of it
Representation: Peggi LePage
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.
WRITER | DIRECTOR | PRODUCER
Social Media: @keeshachung
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | WRITER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Toronto-based cinematographer, Kevin Park, began his filmmaking career in 2016, freelancing and camera assisting for a local media production company. His experience producing advertising projects for small non-profit companies ignited his passion for camera work and lighting. Early in his career, Kevin shot music videos for friends. His cinematic eye and attention to detail helped create unique artistic representations of relatable stories which, in turn, gained significant online traction and opened the doors to creative collaborations with some of the city’s most well-known artists and directors.
Now he continues to shoot commercials and music videos and is working towards shooting feature-length films, fulfilling his desire to create authentic visual art showcasing the untold stories and experiences of people that deserve to be seen and heard.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Hailing from Scarborough, Ontario, Jordan Hayles is a Video Editor who has taken pride in his attention to detail which has lead to his ascension in his career. His diverse array of work has spanned from Lifestyle, Doc-Style, Sports, and Narrative, with his work appearing on networks such as VICE, NBC, HGTV, Food Network, CBC, and with the various teams owned by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment.
He’s also an advocate for diversity, understanding that in his position there are not many who are fairly represented across the board, and it’s his mission to give back to others, and hopefully break in more talent through the doors as his career advances.
Mecha Clarke is a human-centred intersectional design practitioner, specializing in graphic and Ux/Ui design. Aside from her primary design practices, she has contributed a wide range of creative abilities in many fields of interest including creative writing, photo and video production, set design, acting/modelling, and has now added costume/clothing design for grey area to her creative resume. She considers herself fortunate to have worked with people and entities she truly believes are aligned with her morality, and that have encouraged her to continue to expand her body of creative work in every direction imaginable.
SCORE & MUSIC
Aaron Watkins, professionally known as Villabeatz, is a JUNO nominated multi-platinum Canadian record producer, audio engineer, DJ, director, and designer. Since his entrance into the music industry in 2017, his produced music has racked up over 100 million streams. Best known for his production behind the certified platinum record Bali (88Glam ft. Nav) Villabeatz music has been featured on Billboard, Hypebeast, VICE media, Fader, Complex and more.
Social Media: @villabeatz
Social Media: @villabeatz
SCORE & MUSIC
full cast & crew
Director of Photography
Score & Original Music
Cast in order of Appearance
OVERTIME Faiza ft. Aaron Watkins
1st Assistant Camera
2nd Assistant Camera
1st Assistant Director
Story Editor & Script Supervisor
Behind the Scenes Video
Behind the Scenes Stills
On Screen Food
This film was made possible by
Special Thanks to
Tess Moir & Martillo Cudera
Kevin Wu (Artjail)
Laura Van Dongen
Angelina & Ian Thompson
Patrick Chung & Nibal Mansour-Chung
Lisa Thompson & Marc Beausejour
Humber's Film & Multiplatform Storytelling Program
*full crew list available on desktop version