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REDRUM update

REDRUM update
Description: Film starring Jill Marie Jones and Terri J. Vaughn wraps production.

August 15, 2006

Murder is usually no laughing matter, but that idea just may get a new update with the release of the romantic offbeat comedy feature, “Redrum”, produced by Los Angeles-based Griot-Filmworks. The directorial and co-wriiting debut by Kenny Young. “Redrum” explores the dynamics of a timid, overly reserved couple which, after all conventional attempts at “cutting loose” stumbles upon the rush of murder after a fatal, accidental incident. Lured by the thrill, the husband and wife enter into a hilarious killing spree. But as all couples have difficulty in reconciling their interests sometimes, so too do Brian and Tanya Diggs once one tries to stop the addiction while the other accelerates. Their love for one another is finally put to the ultimate test when their worlds collide in an unforgettable showdown. “We wanted to do something a little different, and to portray Africans Americans in a light we have not seen before on film,” explains Phil James, executive producer, Griot Filmworks.

Jill Marie Jones, one of the stars of the UPN hit (now CW) “Girlfriends” plays Tanya Diggs and marks the actresss theatrical film debut. "Kenny has been amazing. It's just so awesome when you work with a director who's also an actor. He understands what you're (as an actor) trying to accomplish." Kenny Young (“One Week”) plays Brian Diggs. Notables such Terri J. Vaughn, Jenifer Lewis, Danny Woodburn, Joe Torry, Chris Spencer, Rodney Perry, and Snoop Doggy Dogg sidekick, Bishop Magic Don Juan also appear in the film.

“Redrum” is the latest offering from production-company-on-the-rise, Griot Filmworks. Helmed by Phil James, the company sprang into existence with its first project “One Week” which won Best Film as well as the Lincoln Filmmaker Trophy Award. at the Acapulco Black Film Festival (2000). Similarly, at the Urban World Film Festival in New York, “One Week” also took home Best Film and later went on to win an Audience Award at the Chicago International Film Festival(2000). After capturing a distribution deal with Film Life, “One Week” went on to obtain the highest per screen average it’s opening weekend (2001). It is now enjoying success on DVD/Video, BET, and coming soon to TVone. Griot Filmworks also just recently sold the script, “Step In the Name of Love” MGM. Multi-platinum recording artist Usher is already attached to the project which was co-written by Kenny Young and Carl Seaton, and will be produced by Phil .

Griot Filmworks is currently developing a comedy entitled “Alpha to Omega” with State Street Pictures “Soul Food,” “Men of Honor,” “Barbershop I and II,” “Beauty Shop” and “Roll Bounce”), and also plan on shooting another film, entitled “Scandalous” early 2007.




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