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Actress Jasmine Guy Stars in Film about Missing & Exploited Children at BronzeLens Film Festival

What About Us?" Explores Disparities in Media Coverage and Resources for Missing and Exploited Children

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What About Us? Starring Actress Jasmine Guy
What About Us? Starring Actress Jasmine Guy
PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 31, 2012 - "What About Us?" (http://www.whataboutus-themovie.com/ (http://www.whataboutus-themovie.com/)) a movie directed by Sundance award-winning producer Deatra L. Harris, explores the disparities of media coverage and resources certain families receive when their loved ones go missing.  The film which stars actor-dancer-director, Jasmine Guy will debut Friday, November 9th at the 3rd Annual BronzeLens Film Festival (http://www.bronzelensfilmfestival.com/) hosted at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis that will feature nearly 50 new films - new features, shorts, and documentary films from filmmakers across the country, the Caribbean, and Africa.

In "What About Us?" Guy portrays a troubled woman whose issues are not immediately apparent until the culmination of events at the end of the film.  The film is emotional, provocative and will certainly resonate with anyone who has been affected by a missing loved one.   Harris, one of the founding partners in Visigoth Pictures (http://www.visigothpictures.com/) explains, "This was one of the first scripts I wrote when I started my film career over five years ago.  I wanted to give a voice to those families who struggle to be heard and struggle desperately to receive the help and resources when their loved ones go missing".  

Visigoth Pictures partnered with Peas in their Pods (http://www.peasintheirpods.com/), a local non-profit organization that supports families with missing children here in Atlanta.  The film used an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds and awareness for not only the production of the film, but to also help support their community partner.   Visigoth also found a way to further give back to the Atlanta community by having 16-year-old Atlanta based singer/songwriter Lyric Rachae' perform the title track to the film which was produced by Atlanta's own State of Mind Muzic.  In addition, they brought in 20 Dunwoody High School students to intern on set during production.

After seeing Pearl Cleage's "The Nacirema Society" and Guy's stellar performance as "Janet Logan", Deatra took a chance and approached Jasmine about starring in and possibly executive producing her film "What About Us?" Jasmine read the script and was on board in a matter of days. "Not only is the state of missing children in crisis, so is the status of which parents receive help and which ones do not. 'What About Us' is a film that helps bring to light the injustice and disparity between those children we help find and those we ignore," Guy states.

Jasmine Guy began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City and has starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago (as Velma Kelly). Best known for playing the role of "Whitley Gilbert" on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, she won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle.

With an extensive career in film and television, Jasmine can be seen on Vampire Diaries as "Grams" and has a role in the current film, October Baby.

Media interested in interviews with Ms. Jasmine Guy or producers of the film should contact  T.MORRISON AGENCY (http://www.tmorrisonpr.com) directly.  Media credentials and coverage for BronzeLens should be directed to Terri Vismale-Morris, Director of Public Relations(404) 346-0410 newideasatbellsouth[dot.]net.

About Jasmine Guy

Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago.

After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle.

Her other television performances include: Melrose Place, NYPD Blue, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Living Single, Showtime's hit series Dead Like Me and Vampire Diaries.  Her film credits include: Spike Lee's School Daze; Eddie Murphy's Harlem Nights; Alex Hailey's Queen and Debbie Allen's Stompin' at the Savoy. She can be seen currently in the film October Baby.

Jasmine has worked extensively in theater with Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. She has starred in or directed many productions and released her self-titled album on Warner Bros in 1991.  In 2004, Jasmine penned the biography Evolution of a Revolutionary (Atria Books), which chronicles the life and journey of Afeni Shakur - Black Panther, activist and mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur. Please visit http://www.IamJasmineGuy.com.

About Visigoth Pictures

Founded by independent filmmakers Alrick Brown and Deatra Harris, Visigoth Pictures is an American-based producer of feature films, documentaries, music videos, cinema shorts, commercials, Public Service Announcements, corporate and entertainment video. Works include award-winning international documentary film, Kinyarwanda 2011 Winner | Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic.

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