Written and produced by the African American lesbian duo Charzette Torrence and Danielle Johnson, Jillian’s Peak will be showcased at a live reading in New York on May 13th.
Torrence and Johnson are first-time screenwriters of the series that spotlights an African American woman coming to terms with her sexuality. “We will be tackling some of the African American lesbian issues like family, community, and gay youth,” they said. “We aim to disrupt not only the film and television industry, but also African American and church communities, with vibrant and rarely seen depictions of LGBTQI people of color. We want to combat negative stereotypes through multilayered representations of women like ourselves.”
Torrence and Johnson want their script to set a new positive tone and mitigate the lack of diversity in the film and television industry including online streaming. “Through this project, the world will see a true portrayal of African American LGBTQI lives,” they said.
The 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival selected Jillian’s Peak in the short screenplay category. The script will be read on May 13 at 4:30 at the Producer Club -Theater 5 – 358 West 44th Street New York, NY.
The 9th Annual New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles honouring stories worth telling selected Jillian’s Peak as a World Premier New Media-Pilot-Scripts-Shorts.