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RICHMOND, Va – A film made by a group with a connection to Richmond was accepted into the 2014 Black Harvest Film Festival. Contamination, a short film about a young woman’s struggle with mental illness, was directed by R. Shanea Williams and stars Obie Award winning actress Cherise Boothe.

“I had an idea about this character for a long time, a woman who was struggling with severe germaphobia which resulted in her having OCD,” Williams said. “If people are going to learn something from this film, it is that mental health issues are universal and affect people of all races, ages and backgrounds.”

Williams and producer Anthony Davis met while working a production assistants at WTVR CBS 6 News. Together they formed Vision 75/80 Productions. The crew, which also included former WTVR CBS 6 News employees Siobhan Fisher and Debbie Prata-Pitts shot the film last fall in New York City.

Anthony Davis, R. Shanea Williams, Debbie Prata-Pitts  and Siobhan Fisher

Anthony Davis, R. Shanea Williams, Debbie Prata-Pitts and Siobhan Fisher


The Black Harvest International Film Festival takes place August 1-28, 2014 at The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

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