On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Iris Bolling, the romantic suspense author and President of the multi-media firm Siri Austin Entertainment, LLC. will premiere the feature-length film adaptation of “Deadly Sexy” — a best-selling novel from the national author, Beverly Jenkins. The premiere event will take place from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, located at 122 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23220.
Purchase tickets to the Premiere: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deadly-sexy-1st-of-4-premieres-tickets-48457379326
Deadly Sexy is a fast-paced, suspense-filled drama that follows Sports Agent Jessi “JT” Blake as she tries to survive a hostile takeover of her clientele. In rides big rig driver and lawyer, Reese Anthony, who is investigating the senseless murder of a professional football team employee. Little do they know, they are traveling on a merging highway.
View the trailer for the film: https://youtu.be/OLgzfJppoFY
“Deadly Sexy is one of my readers’ most beloved books because of the characters,” says Jenkins. “JT is a strong, powerful woman and Reese is awesome. You get to see a successful black man and his positive family dynamics, which we don’t see a lot if at all on major media.”
Bolling said one reason she chose to translate this novel by Jenkins into a film was because of the strong, positive characters of color, that seem to be close to extinction in the books-to-film industry. “We see them as friends and co-workers, but rarely as leading heroes and heroines.”
“You can count the number of Hollywood-done, African-American romances on one hand,” Jenkins tells us. “Waiting for Hollywood with an African-American cast — I’d have to have two lifetimes.”
Bolling said, “Being an independent author gave me the fortitude to dream that a book-to-film project could be done independently. So, I decided to reach out to Jenkins’ fans and fans of African-American Romance with a Crowdfunding Campaign because I knew they would appreciate and support this endeavor. This movie is just as much a reality because of our fans’ hard work as it is Bev’s and mine. It is important to me to show Hollywood, fans of the genre, and other independent romance authors that we can produce a quality project and we can do it independently. That work continues even now. Although we have the project coming to the big screen, the Crowdfunding campaign is still going in order to achieve independent distribution. And at the end, when we hit our funding goal, this will truly be a project that was made possible by the fans, not Hollywood insiders.”
Donate to keep the project independent: https://www.gofundme.com/DS-TheMovie
As demand for SiriAustin’s film and television production services continues to grow, Iris says that she is honored to give underserved, creative storytellers and their fans an opportunity to invest in their craft.
“Video production truly is an art form in itself,” said Iris. “But the reward of giving authors an opportunity to bring their characters to life and still retain ownership of these movies is immeasurable.
When asked why she chose to have Iris Bolling produce her film, Jenkins simply stated, “Because I trust her.”
Beverly Jenkins Premier Weekend Book Signing
Location: Same Venue as Premier
Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Price: FREE (must reserve your ticket)
Status: sales end on November 17th