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'Island Song' Will Have St. Croix Premiere Tonight [Virgin Islands Daily News, The]

August 1, 2013

YellowBrix

ST. CROIX - The premiere of "Island Song" - an independent movie filmed in the territory - took place on St. Thomas on Wednesday and tonight, a St. Croix audience will be able to share in the experience.

David Massey, the film's director and co-producer, lived on St. Croix and St. Thomas for nine years in the 1980s and said it was always a dream for him to come back and film in the territory.

Massey said the film is about a disc jockey, Maurice Manning, who leaves the states and journeys to the Virgin Islands only to find himself caught up in a dark, criminal underworld of illegal contraband. Believing he is in control of his world, Manning uncovers the dark figures pulling the strings of his career and later learns that something far more sinister is going on. His target: The mythic and elusive figure known only as Zerai, a prophet, poet and warrior whose lifelong goal is to keep the islands safe.

Homegrown musician and actor Benny Demus plays Zerai and said the message behind the movie is that drugs and violence destroy the magic and natural beauty of the islands and their potential to attract money and opportunities for everyone.

Demus said the film shows the dark side of the islands, but it also features dynamic aerial shots, underwater shots and lush scenery of the naturally beautiful territory.

Local actor and radio and television personality George Silcott also is among the local talent in the film, along with film, radio and television veterans Richard Grant and Martin Dew.

Demus said the film is 45 minutes long. The premier begins at 6 p.m. at Sunny Isles Caribbean Cinemas and is free.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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