Rising star Nia Fairweather, TV/Stage Veteran Antoinette LaVecchia Topline Horror Film
[New York] The psychological horror short film Paralysis recently announced its cast, which features an exciting mix of rising stars and familiar faces from TV, stage and film eager to bring this unique story to the screen.
“We are so pleased to have found the perfect people to embody the roles in Paralysis,” writer/director R. ShaneaWilliams said. “This group of actors, led by the amazing Nia Fairweather, will help bring our diverse and scary story to vivid life.”
Fairweather takes the lead role of an emotionally fragile woman who moves into a new apartment. As she is plagued by a sleep disorder, she fears that she may be haunted by a supernatural entity. Fairweather has opened eyes across the industry through her work in the award-winning short film The Roe Effect, in addition to roles inOrdeel and The Girls of Summer.
Fairweather will be joined in the film by Antoinette LaVecchia, who has starred in her own Off-Broadway play, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, in addition to guest roles on Law & Order, The Sopranos and an appearance in the 2014 film Deliver Us From Evil.
Also joining the cast are veteran actor DK Bowser, who has appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and30 Rock, and actress Nedra McClyde, who starred in the acclaimed short First Baptist and has made guest appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Secret Game.
The desire to see a new twist on a familiar genre was proven through the successful Paralysis Indiegogocampaign. Principal photography begins on the film in October in New York City.
“We are so thankful for our many supporters, who expressed to us how much they were looking forward to seeing a classic horror film on the screen that features people from all walks of life and not just the stereotypical Hollywood faces,” producer Anthony Davis said.
Paralysis is the third film from Williams and Davis’ production company, Vision 75/80 Productions. Their last short film, Contamination, was selected for eight film festivals, nominated for Best Short Film at the 2014 HBO/BET Urban World Film Festival and the 2014 BronzeLens Film Festival, and won for Best Actress - Drama at the 2015 Flager Film Festival. Mshon Pulliam has signed on to be the associate producer for the production.
Jessica, an African American photographer who has been plagued with severe sleep disorders since childhood refuses to believe she is losing her mind but that denial turns out to be a horrifying mistake.