Moondance Semi-FinalistDragonCon Screening

Lady Magdalene's Screens
at Dragon*Con 2007

September 2, 2007
For Immediate Release
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Jesulu Productions' new suspense-comedy feature film, Lady Magdalene's, screened at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 2, 2007 in the Hyatt Regency Centennial Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia at Dragon*Con, the 30,000+ attendee film/ TV/ gaming/ comics/ science fiction & fantasy convention that runs over Labor Day weekend. The convention features personal appearances by many celebrities from film, TV, and other media.

The screening was introduced by its star and executive producer, Nichelle Nichols, and its writer/director, supporting actor, and other executive producer, J. Neil Schulman, both of whom remained after the screening for audience Q&A.

Nichelle Nichols, who stars in the title role of Lady Magdalene's, is the iconic actress who played "Uhura" on Star Trek, as well as being a singer discovered at age 16 by Duke Ellington and who, as recruiter of NASA's first women and minority astronauts, gave America Space Shuttle astronauts including Dr. Sally K. Ride, the first American female astronaut, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut.

Beginning in Fall 2007, Nichelle Nichols will appear as a recurring player on NBC's hit series, Heroes.

As well as starring in Lady Magdalene's, Nichelle Nichols contributed her talents behind the camera as choreographer, and composer of two original songs for the film, which she performed as well.

Lady Magdalene's was written and directed by J. Neil Schulman, previously known as an award-winning novelist and journalist, and whose original screenplay "Profile in Silver," is one of the best-remembered episodes of CBS's 1980's Twilight Zone series.

Schulman also contributed music and lyrics to five songs in the film, and played the role of Ali the American, an al-Qaeda terrorist.

Steve Miller, writing in a Rotten Tomatoes review, describes Lady Magdalene's as "a fun, fast-paced action comedy" that is "built like the classic comedies of the 1940s-1960s, complete with a musical number." Miller also writes, "If writers of the modern thrillers could come up with twists and misdirections even a quarter as clever as Schulman does here, I wouldn't find myself wondering if the thriller is a dead genre."

Bestselling author, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, in an advance review, writes that Lady Magdalene's is "action-humor reminiscent of a Bob Hope movie ... The casting is outstanding... The script had all the twists in the right places...powerful and so subtly written... It is purely character driven -- and that's what I loved about it. Definitely one that will etch itself into memory. I like it a lot better than Firefly. It grows on you after you finish seeing it. I was still thinking about it a week later."

The IMDb plot summary says, "In this action comedy, Jack Goldwater, an IRS agent on loan to the Federal Air Marshal Service, is relieved of field duty after insulting a powerful U.S. Senator, and finds himself exiled to a humiliating desk job in Nevada as the federal receiver managing a legal brothel in tax default, where -- with the help of the brothel Madam, Lady Magdalene (Nichelle Nichols) -- he uncovers an Al Qaeda plot to unload a nuclear-bomb-sized crate at Hoover Dam."

Lady Magdalene's features a fresh cast with backgrounds in movies, music, TV, modeling, and stage, including Groundlings alumnus Ethan Keogh (Bedazzled, Able Edwards) as Agent Jack Goldwater, Susan Smythe ("Best Actress" Award at the NY International Independent Film and Video Festival) as "Angel," Persian pop princess Claudia Lynx (West Wing, Legion of the Dead) as Scheherazade, former Calvin Klein model Alexander Wraith (Hitch, Royal Kill) as Yassin Salem, London Drama Centre alumnus Mark Gilvary (Puritan, The Bard: The Story of Robert Burns), doubling both as the Director of al Qaeda and as FBI agent Curtis Broderick, Mara Marini (Darkworld, Porntourage) as Nurse Gretchen, Miss Teen All American Hope McBane (MTV's TRL and Housebroken) as Sinead, and Michele Redmond (HBO's Cathouse) as Eden.

In its 20th year, the 4-day Labor-Day-weekend Dragon*Con runs this year from August 31 to September 3. It comprises approximately 850 hours of panels, seminars, demonstrations, and workshops, with over 30 specialized programming tracks. The convention takes over a six-square block area of downtown Atlanta adjacent to the 1996 Summer Olympics Village, and is hosted by an 850-member volunteer staff to raise thousands of dollars each year for local and national charities. Its events include a televised parade, a film festival, costume events, and an awards banquet for presentation of the Julie and Futura Awards.

On June 19, 2007, the Moondance International Film Festival named Lady Magdalene's as a semi-finalist for its eighth annual 2007 independent film festival in the Feature Film category.


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