Watch Teaser Trailer For New Short Film About OCD - 'Contamination'
Photo Credit: S & A
News

Watch Teaser Trailer For New Short Film About OCD - 'Contamination'

null

According to statistics from filmmaker R. Shanea Williams: “If OCD was an American city,

it would be the second most populated city in the country.

Experts state that there are an estimated 4 million adults and children in the

U.S. currently living with Obsessive

Compulsive Disorder. And yet, when you think about it, has there ever been a

film about it? I’m hard pressed to think

of one.

Which was the inspiration for Ms. Williams’ just recently completed

short film Contamination, which she

says “is putting a face on the oft-misunderstood anxiety disorder, and

that

mental health issues are universal and affect, people of all races, ages, and

backgrounds.

The Queens New York based filmmaker, who in 2011 was a

top 5 finalist in the Urban World Film Festival

Screenwriting Competition, says the inspiration first came to her because I

had an idea about this character for a long time, what a woman who struggling

with severe germaphobia which resulted in her having OCD. Soon the voice for

this character became louder and louder and I created a story around her. I

felt it’d work as a short film due to it being a contained environment.

Playing the lead is the Obie Award winning actress Cherise Boothe, who has appeared in the

film 42, and Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined.

Boothe says that her character Jade’s 

“life circumstances have her battling with a condition by which she

feels completely overwhelmed and controlled. Her condition was one I

knew little about and wondered how someone gets to the place where we

find her in the film. The journey of getting inside Jade’s

character–experiencing the world from her perspective, was an

intriguing, challenging and daunting endeavor–three great draws for any

artist.

Here’s the trailer

for the film which will begin traveling the film festival circuit next year.

Shadow and Act is a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora. With daily news, interviews, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, and more, Shadow and Act promotes content created by and about people of African descent throughout the world.

© 2022 Shadow & Act. All rights reserved.