Moondance Semi-Finalist

Pro-Second-Amendment Movie
Honored by
Anti-Violence Film Festival

Lady Magdalene's
Selected as Semi-Finalist by
Moondance International Film Festival

June 19, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact:

J. Kent Hastings / Jesulu Productions
Voice: 775-209-0708
Lady Magdalene's Official Website

Today the Moondance International Film Festival announced its list of finalists and semi-finalists for its eighth annual 2007 independent film festival and Jesulu Productions' new suspense-comedy, Lady Magdalene's, was announced as having been honored as a semi-finalist in the Feature Film category.

What makes the selection of Lady Magdalene's as a semi-finalist for the Moondance International Film Festival noteworthy is that its writer/director, J. Neil Schulman, is webmaster of the World Wide Web Gun Defense Clock, which promotes armed self-defense, and he's author of the book Stopping Power: Why 70 Million Americans Own Guns, endorsed by Oscar-winning actor and former NRA president, Charlton Heston. The Moondance International Film Festival is home to the Columbine Film Production Fund and the Columbine Award, both which "promote & reflect non-violent conflict resolution, or alternatives to violence, or show why a violent resolution to conflict is counter-productive & inhumane."

While Lady Magdalene's is a suspense-comedy not intended to be overtly political, its plot does portray firearms in the hands of trained and morally-responsible law-enforcement and private citizens as providing beneficial conflict resolution when used against violent terrorists.

"I take it as a high tribute to Lady Magdalene's merits," said its director, J. Neil Schulman, "that in spite of our movie presenting a viewpoint contrary to that of the Moondance Festival's director, Elizabeth English, she still found it worthy to choose it as a semi-finalist. I congratulate her on her openness in placing art before politics, in an age when virtually all film festivals filter out any film not promoting their own narrow prejudices."

Lady Magdalene's stars in its title role Nichelle Nichols, 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 Ride (first American woman in space) and Colonel Guion Bluford (first African American in space). As well as starring in Lady Magdalene's, Nichelle Nichols contributed her talents behind the camera as an executive producer, 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 executive produced Lady Magdalene's, as well as contributing 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."

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.

Lady Magdalene's is not currently scheduled to screen at the Moondance International Film Festival but is submitted to additional film festivals, and will be screened in other venues throughout the summer and fall of 2007, while Nichols and Schulman seek theatrical distribution. The movie will be presented after the Gala Banquet on 07/07/07, the 100th birthday of author Robert A. Heinlein, at the Heinlein Centennial Convention in Kansas City, MO.


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