Winter Dunn, Nicky Davis and Danielle Moné Triutt of Father-Daughter Relationships of Junebug [Exclusive Interview]

Junebug
Junebug

There’s a certain beauty about father-daughter relationships. As in many stories, they also present challenges and complexities. In the end, the daughters will always love their fathers.

In the short film, Junebug, it features a struggling writer to overcome her writer’s block by attempting to put into words with a complex relationship with her father.

It highlights child actor Calah Lane, as young Junie, BET’s Rebel star Danielle Moné Truitt, and Emmy award-winning actor Terrence Terrell (Bosch, First Wives Club) as Davis. Winter Dunn directed the film from the playwright-turned screenwriter Nicky Davis.

Here’s the synopsis of the short film:

The short introduces 28-year-old Junie, a writer struggling with writer’s block to fully articulate who her dad was to her and capture the dynamics of their fierce, yet, complicated love. The film explores the ever so difficult, yet common question that many of us are plagued within family relationships: How do you explain someone both impossible to love and impossible not to? Junie journeys back through childhood memories of growing up with her musician father, Davis, reigniting unresolved mixed emotions about their complex, yet undeniable connection. Between his infectious charm and struggles with alcohol abuse, Junie struggles to capture the full essence of her father’s unending tenderness for her, while confronting the absence of a man that words can’t touch.

LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with director Winter Dunn, writer Nicky Davis and actress Danielle Moné Truitt for the short film Junebug.

Junebug premiered at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) over the summer and making its way through the festival circuit. Recently, it screened at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Black Women’s Film Network, and Milwaukee Film Festival. Currently, the short film screens at the HollyShorts festival this month.

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Winter Dunn is best known as the producer on Numa Perrier’s debut feature film Jezebel, which premiered at the SXSW 2019, which later won the Best Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and currently streaming on Netflix. She appeared in Netflix’s Drug Lords, and Issa Rae’s Insecure. Most recently, she directed season one of the upcoming docuseries All Her with Angela Rye for Quibi.

Nicky Davis is a playwright, novelist, poet, and screenwriter. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Theater Studies and Playwriting. She has since been commissioned to write three new plays by Playing in Progress, RED Stage, and 18th & Union Theater in Seattle. In 2015, her play White Kawanzaa was produced at West of Lenin Theater in Seattle. Her play Funny Ha-Ha had its first public reading at the Circle X Theater in Los Angeles in January 2018. Her debut novel “Grieve Yourself,” was published this year. Junebug marked her first screenplay.

Danielle Moné Truitt is a veteran thespian, who started in theater before her career in television and film. The actress voiced Georgia in Disney Animation’s The Princess and the Frog. She had appearances in films, such as Fugitive Hunter, See Dick Run, and Stolen Moments. Her biggest break was with playing the lead character of Rebecca ‘Rebe’ Knight in the BET’s television series Rebel. Earlier this year, she played a supporting role as Charlie Minnick in Fox’s Deputy. She will be seen in the upcoming television series Chicago Med as Dr. Angela Douglas.

Check out the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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