Stella Meghie’s first feature film, Jean of the Jonses, has been completed and will make its world premiere at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) next week. Loosely based on her experiences, this indie comedic drama follows 25-year-old Jean and her multi-generational dysfunctional, middle-class Jamaican-American family of strong-minded, stubborn yet incredibly loving women. When an estranged grandfather dies on the doorstep of the family’s brownstone during Sunday dinner, tensions rise, old conflicts come to a boil, and things come to an arresting stop as Jean uncovers the family’s buried secrets. The Jones women face their divorces, infidelities, and past transgressions, while Jean faces the tough truths of her failing career and her crippling ability to move on from a past relationship to the love staring her right in the face.
Jean of the Jonses stars Taylour Paige (Hit the Floor), Sherri Shepherd (Top 5, 30 Rock) and Michelle Hurst (Orange is the New Black).
Meghie started her career in entertainment after making the decision to leave the fashion and beauty industry to pursue her passion in screenwriting. In 2010, she attended The University of Westminster, and during her first year wrote the first draft of her semi-autobiographical feature Jean of the Joneses. The screenplay wound up winning the 2012 Showtime Tony Cox Feature Film Screenplay Competition and Meghie earned a joint fellowship between Tribeca and Canadian Film Centre in 2014.
Meghie currently has a blind script deal at Warner Bros., a pilot in development with John Wells Productions, a comedy optioned by BET titled Funny Woman (a rom-com about trying to remain friends with your ex while looking for new love), and a deal to pen a feature script for VH1 which is being produced by Alicia Keys’ production company AK Worldwide. She is also a Tribeca Film Institute fellow and Showtime’s Tony Cox Award recipient.
Jean of the Jonses will be premiering on Monday, Mach 14th at SXSW, but keep your ears and eyes open because it’s bound to hit a theater near you!