Danae Grandison – Director

Danae Grandison graphic designer–turned–writer/director is an award-winning filmmaker who is a passionate storyteller with her own point of view.

Danae was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised between the two cities Kingston and New York. After graduating from Immaculate Conception High school in Kingston, she made her way back to New York, to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.). While studying at F.I.T. she entered, and won, the crown for Miss Jamaica USA 1997 and went on to pursue career in graphic design. Until 2011, when she discovered the ‘Intro to film-making’ course at School of the Visual Arts (SVA), where she shot and directed her first silent film, Unconditional love; which won the SVA Audience award. This experience sparked a fire in her and awoke a new creative space for her voice.

In 2016, she graduated from SVA’ with a Masters in Directing; and a short film titled [Re]Defined which has premiered at Oscar qualifying film festivals; Urban World film festival in New York and the Pan African film festival in Los Angeles Danae has gone on to produce award winning short films like Professional Cuddler starring Dana Ivey. As Danae blazes her path she continues to enjoy making short films, commercials and music videos, however it’s Unspoken that spins her wheels the most. Unspoken is a literary adaptation based off the novel The Bed Head by Jennifer Grahame, which she has developed into her first feature length script; set to be shot in Kingston, Jamaica.