Written by Ava Davis
Directed by Brandon Mitchell
Ava Davis as The Duchess of Grant Park
Jon Vertullo as James
Nicole Kemper as Lisa
Jasmine Waters as Roberta
Hillary R. Heath as Beatrice
Laura Meyers as Carol the Neighbor
Brian Ashton Smith as Duane the Jogger
Melissa Kemper as Naomi the Jogger
Grace Pillsbury as Lily
About The Film
The Duchess of Grant Park is partly a love story about the neighborhood of Grant Park, and partly a story about finding one’s purpose. The Duchess declares Grant Park as her duchy. James, a journalist making a documentary, has chosen the Atlanta character of The Duchess although he knows nothing about her. Through the course of the story, James learns more about the Duchess, her history, and her connection to the neighborhood.
The Story Behind
This is a story that started off as a light micro-short, with the Duchess as a one dimensional character. But, after sitting with the character for a while, I began to want to know her story and how she came to become who she was.
I think the story, and the respect that the Duchess doesn’t demand but instead accepts is in part an analogy for the transition stories for many transgendered persons. The decision to use, or not to use, the Duchess’ title and acceptance of the status is similar to men and women who have transitioned and deserve to be addressed accordingly.