Xena-Inspired Fantasy Action Film "Protectress" Premieres Online
By: Joanna Ke
The film is written and produced by its star, Joanna Ke. During battle, a healer duels with her mortal enemy in an unsettling form, facing an impossible choice that will forever forge her destiny as a warrior.
Ke says, "I was originally inspired by the warrior princess herself, which is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. I wanted to capture the moment that someone makes a pivotal choice that changes who they are, a moment of transformation. I thought, what was the moment that Xena chose to become the warrior princess? What was that turning point? After that, the story and a whole world started to form."
After getting fed up with the roles she was seeing for women in Hollywood, Ke decided to write the role she always wanted to play. She has seen her share of vapid female characters as a professional script reader and actor. She runs the twitter account @femcharacters where she highlights the unfortunate way women are often portrayed on screen.
"It's depressing. The reason these roles exist is because the writing isn't out there for more dynamic female characters. I see it on one end as a reader and the resulting character breakdowns as an actress. I realized the roles I was seeking weren't out there, and I needed to write it myself," Ke says.
Diversity was paramount to the production, both in front of and behind the camera. Ke portrays a protagonist rarely seen, a half Asian female hero. Director America Young, who brings her experience not only as a director but also as a stunt coordinator and stuntwoman, helms the film. Her years of production experience and geek obsession culminated in Young's recent feature directorial debut with the Stan Lee executive produced pop-culture comedy "The Concessionaires Must Die!!"
Of the "Protectress"
Leo Kei Angelos, who you might recognize from Season 4 of HBO's "Project Greenlight,"
Watch it now at www.protectressfilm.com.
Director America Young and Writer, Producer, Actor Joanna Ke will be hosting a Facebook Live Q&A on Friday, 9/1 at 2p PST on the Protectress Facebook page.
Download the full Press Kit for the film at: www.protectressfilm.com