FOCUS FEATURE: Shantol Jackson’s star remains on the rise for 2018. The acclaimed actress is among the scores of young stars heading to Utah later this month for the Sundance Film Festival to promote their latest projects. Jackson is starring in Yardie, the directorial debut of Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (who can been seen in this month’s intense big-screen drama Molly’s Game), with the hope that the film will not only generate some buzz and win critical praise but also earn a distribution deal ahead of its international release. Jackson tells TALLAWAH that she will be in Utah from the 18th to the 24th for the screening (scheduled for the 20th) and the press tour that’s expected to go along with it. “I’m looking forward to the experience,” Jackson says. “Hearing about the plans for Sundance has been the highlight of my year so far.”
WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE: Having led Phase 3 Productions into its most productive period, Dr. Marcia Forbes is ready to take on fresh challenges. The noted businesswoman, media icon and author is the incoming Chair of United Way of Jamaica, according to the papers. Forbes, former General Manager at Television Jamaica (TV-J), recently accepted a cheque from the JN Foundation to assist with disaster relief and rehabilitation for the Caribbean islands devastated by last year’s hurricanes. In October, the JN Foundation launched a campaign called ‘Help Our Caribbean Neghbours’ with money raised to be added to the pool of funds being aggregated by United Way to dispatch to the respective territories.