#ShortFilmShoutout: Black Girl Magic Meets Period Piece Mystery In 'Beauty'
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#ShortFilmShoutout: Black Girl Magic Meets Period Piece Mystery In 'Beauty'

This is installment #10 of Shadow And Act’s #ShortFilmShoutout series.

Mystery abounds in the Kasi Lemmons-executive produced short Beauty.

Set in 1934, Beauty stars Jenna Williams as Rose Booth, a woman looking for employment in Virginia. She interviews for a housekeeping job with wealthy woman Evangeline Moore (Laura Poe). But what starts out as a weird, but standard interview quickly becomes a supernatural moment when Rose reveals her talent for healing souls and injuries. Rose’s ability to heal Evangeline’s butler Tosen McTaggart (Ryan-James Hatanaka) leads Evangeline to ask Rose to heal her son Aurelius (Aaron Lee Wright). But the type of healing Evangeline has in mind might not be what Rose is prepared to do.

The 2018 short film is written, directed and produced by Joyce Sherrí and highlighted through a partnership between Condé Nast’s video and social brand Iris and Indigenous Media.

The short film has the potential to be the basis of a radical, thought-provoking TV or streaming series. As we are all about Black Girl Magic, figuratively and literally, we would love to see this short explored in an even bigger way.


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