Director Nikyatu Jusu Releases Teaser for Upcoming Vampire Film ‘Suicide By Sunlight’

“Do vampires exist? That’s the question that New Yorkers are asking themselves after a surge of blood draining murders throughout the nation.”

Last year, Nikyatu Jusu’s short film project Suicide by Sunlight received a production grant from the Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program.  Both Jusu and her co-writer R. Shanea Williams received this grant alongside four writer/directors apart of Tribeca’s efforts to support continued work on their films. In all, $100,000 was awarded to the recipients.

Suicide by Sunlight was written by Jusu and Williams and revolves around Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin. In the film, Valentina finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters.

Based on this brief description, we already can’t wait to check out this film!

In an interview, Jusu shared, “We are excited to explore the intersectionality of social issues and genre through the lens of black vampires daywalking in NYC. ‎We aimed to remix the vampire genre and turn disenfranchisement on its head with Black vampires who could ‘pass’ as human during the day protected by their melanin.‎”

Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film, Flowers, won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.

Congrats to Nikyatu Jusu and her entire team, and we look forward to checking out this brilliant short film!

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