Top Notch Vi­sion dreams big

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS WESTERN STAR - OKOYE HENRY STAR Writer

US-based movie-pro­duc­tion stu­dio Top Notch Vi­sion has its sights set on a new ma­jor Ja­maica-US pro­duc­tion. The stu­dio, which is si­t­u­ated in Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts, plans to start film­ing a new TV se­ries ti­tled For­eign­ers in 2019. Scenes from the se­ries will be shot in Ja­maica with Ja­maican and for­eign ac­tors, ac­cord­ing to Ja­maica-born Cleon James, CEO of Top Notch Vi­sion. “It is ba­si­cally a se­ries about how we ,as for­eign­ers, come to the US and the hur­dles that we go through and the things we en­counter,” James, who will also be play­ing a star­ring role, told WESTERN STAR. “Most peo­ple from Ja­maica, or even the Caribbean, they view the US from a dif­fer­ent stand­point. This project is go­ing to show them the real stand­point when they come abroad, and not the ‘pretty-up’ ver­sion they al­ways por­tray,” he added. The in­de­pen­dent film­maker noted that his in­tent is to get the se­ries to pre­miere on BET. Top Notch Vi­sion is be­hind sev­eral other films, such as Blood­shed, Green Card, For­eign Ex­change, and more, that have pre­miered in the­atres in Ja­maica, the US, and Canada, and other parts of the world.

Scenes from a num­ber of these films have also been shot in parts of western Ja­maica, in­clud­ing Mon­tego Bay.

“The team and I may have taken a small break since our last film, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t work­ing be­hind the scenes. We ac­tu­ally fin­ished one film re­cently called Trust in God, where I play a role in as well. The whole movie is based around life and choices you make,” James said. The film is yet to pre­miere. “But I set a pre­miere date for De­cem­ber 20 be­cause I want to pre­miere it for the Christ­mas sea­son. So the first pre­miere is go­ing to be in Bos­ton on that date, and then, I will take it around the world. I plan to pre­miere it in Ja­maica early in the New Year,” he added.

Cleon A James di­rects a scene.

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