LOS ANGELES, LA–May 15, 2015–Nia Jervier, best known for her role in award-winning Sundance comedy Dear White People (2014), will appear at the 68th annual Cannes International Film Festival to promote independent short film Ladylike(2015). Ladylike is the inaugural production of writer/director duo Tiffany Johnson and Nick Williams of A Tiff & Nick Scoop.
Ladylike follows the story of Vaughan and Harlan, two best friends that share a penchant for fashion while embracing a disturbing past time. The film explores and challenges modern-day views of womanhood through a neo-noir lens. Written with her likeness in mind, Jervier’s portrayal of Vaughan in Ladylike is her first starring cinematic role.
Ladylike was produced by Jenapher Forline and Lena Waithe, producer of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions acquired film Dear White People.
“Ladylike is a unique exploration of what it means to be a lady. It’s beautifully shot and the acting is superb,” said Lena Waithe. “[Jervier] was born to be a leading lady. I’m so glad I could be a part of a project that features her in her first leading role.”
Brooklyn born Trinidadian actress Nia Jervier is a graduate of the famed La Guardia Performing Arts High School and The New School’s Dramatic Arts BFA program (ran in conjunction with the American Musical & Dramatic Academy). Jervier’s production credits include starring roles in Once on This Island, The Taming of The Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the off-Broadway circuit.
“Success is a trifecta of Opportunity, hard work, and preparation… and that is what Ladylike is: the trifecta of when a labor-of-love meets an artistic vision and has the talent attached to breathe life into the project,” said Jenapher Forline. “Nia Jervier’s beauty and camera-ready presence [combined] make the perfect keystone.”
After relocating to Los Angeles, Jervier made television appearances in Justin Simien’s Twenties and the pilot presentation for Anthony Hemingway-directed comedy series Bros, currently in development at HBO.
“Ladylike is an amazing film that reimagines modern women in a noir world,” said Nia Jervier. “I think many women will be entertained and will see themselves in the film. I’m fortunate to say I’ve worked with a team of passionate creators who have something new to give to movie lovers. It’s an exciting time for all of us.”
Ladylike was selected to the Independent Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase and is currently in the running for the title of Festival de Cannes official selection. The film will be screened on May 18, 2015, following the Diversity in Cannes Filmmaker Symposium. The symposium, showcase and awards reception are premier events belonging to the Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes initiative, a four-part global industry event designed to bridge social and cultural gaps.
The 68th annual Cannes International Film Festival runs May 13-24, 2015.