Four Women Seek to Re-define What It Means to Be Black and Female in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, CA – 13 Oct, 2015 – This past week, an unlikely band of heroines announced their new mission – to redefine what it means to be a working actress of color in Hollywood. To support their efforts, independent filmmakers Paula Killebrew and Nicole J. Butler turn to alternative funding sources for their latest project, The Most Unlikely, a short film that seeks to redefine the types of roles in which women of color are typically cast. Accordingly to Paula Killebrew, the writer and creator of the new project The Most Unlikely, “One day on the way to an audition I wondered why I couldn’t be seen as more than the lady next door, the meter maid, etc.? I’m so much more, but the powers that be have decided that I’m not!”

While great strides have been made in creating multidimensional, diverse characters of color, such as Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope or Viola Davis’ Annalise Keating, the average African American actress is relegated to subservient roles. Couple that with the lack of opportunity for older actresses and you can easily see why Killebrew and her castmates are so passionate about this project.

The Most Unlikely chronicles the story of Connie, a retired assassin who, at the request of the President of the United States, comes out of retirement to perform one last assignment. She reluctantly pulls together a quartet of highly-skilled assassins to complete the mission. And, like any good dramedy, calamity ensues. The quartet is completed by Nicole J. Butler who plays Nia, Kimleigh Smith who plays Karen and Michelle N. Carter who plays Monica, all regular working actresses whose work can be seen on an array of projects, from national commercials to network dramas and sitcoms.

The team is raising funds for The Most Unlikely via a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. They have set out to raise $25,000, which will go towards crew, equipment, supplies and post-production activities such as editing, marketing and festival distribution. Their campaign launched Wednesday, October 5 and runs through November 20th.

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook to track their progress and make sure to spread the word to your social media networks. Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life. If you decide to donate more, please know that your donation will go a long way towards helping them change the current Hollywood narrative of what it means to be an actress of color.

If you’d like more information about The Most Unlikely, or to schedule an interview with any of the cast members please email shouston@surrylmarketing

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