ABOUT THE SHOW
We created Jillian's Peak to tell our story as LGBTQIA women of color. In addition to the situations that we face in our community, with our families, friends, and work. Also, how do some people in the African community feel about the LGBTQIA people? But most importantly LGBTQIA women of color, are underrepresented in television and films
This LGBTQIA drama is based loosely on the co-creator and producer, Charzette Torrence.
At the center is Jillian, an African American woman who finds herself in the throes of discovering her true sexual orientation. Jillian will face life challenges, as she confronts issues of self-denial, love, family, career, and identity. It opens up on Jillian’s wedding day. Jillian glances at herself in the mirror. Her face reveals her doubts. There is no turning back. Or is there? Because deep down inside she knows the truth that is a lesbian. Jillian has been struggling with the truth for years.
When a heart changes Its mind so does the discovery.
Jillian is an African American woman who is afraid of marrying a man. Because deep down inside she knows the truth that is a lesbian. She has been struggling with the truth for years that she is gay.
Jillian's Peak is an African American woman. This is an LGBTQI drama created by Charzette Torrence and Danielle Johnson both founders of Jillian’s Peak. Aimed to combat the negative stereotypes of the LGBTQI community, in particular, lesbian women of color. A demographic that is underrepresented. Jillian’s Peak aims to tap to share our commitment to creating the type of premium quality content exploring lesbian women of color families, celebrating their lives, empowering the viewers and learning not to fear the stigma about lesbians of African American, Hispanic, Asian descent, and other ethnicity's culture and their lives. Most importantly to combat the negative stigma by television networks. Jillian is afraid of marrying a man. Because deep down inside she knows the truth that is a lesbian. She has been struggling with the truth for years that she is gay.
2013- Jillian’s Peak Live script read for Gay Pride Month at WNYC & WQXR Green Space.
2016- Jillian’s Peak script was recognized as a first-round qualifier of The Made in NY Writers Room.
2017- Jillian’s Peak script was recognized as the first-round qualifier in the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards. Which had among 1791 script enter.
2018- Jillian’s Peak has been selected for the second round of the Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab.
2018- Jillian’s Peak script was recognized as a preliminary finalist in the Creative World Awards.
2018- Jillian’s Peak script was an official selection in the NYC Independent film festival with a script reading and Q&A.
2018- Jillian’s Peak script was an official selection in the New Media Film festival in Los Angeles, California.
2018- LGBT Toronto film festival best scene read in September.
2018- LGBT Toronto film festival interview by Matthew Toffolo’s Summary.
2018- Jillian’s Peak script made the second round of the Marco Episodic Lab.
2019- LGBT Toronto Film Festival voted one of the TOP scripts at our festival.
2019-2022- Judges for the New York Independent Film Festival.
2022 Jillian's Peak Short Selected New York City Independent Film Festival.
Jillian's Peak Production Team
CEO/Co-Executive Producer/Television and film production/Director
Is a seasoned veteran in television and film production who has spent more than 20 years in the industry producing critically acclaimed content.Throughout her career, Ms. Baker-Simmons has proven her ability to create content that both resonates well with viewers and pushes the culture forward. Baker-Simmons produced national commercials and hundreds of music videos for LeRoux Pictures and Westside Stories in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002 she produced the independent feature film The Book of Love. In 2005, Baker-Simmons created the pop culture phenomenon - Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown, starring controversial music legends Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston.
Then, in 2010, Baker-Simmons and her partner, Wanda Shelley, executive produced MTV2’s Sprite Step-Off, which debuted to record breaking ratings for the network. In the same year, Baker-Simmons received an Emmy™ nomination from Southeast Region - National Academy of Arts and Sciences for the series Platinum House, featuring R&B legend Keith Sweat and Dru Hill.
CEO/Co-Executive Producer/Co- Creator/Writer/Musical Director
Is a native New Yorker from the boogie down the Bronx, born into a family of jazz Musicians. Taking the lead from her father and late cousin and mentor Clarence Slatter Jr., Danielle started playing drums at the age of six. She eventually went on to play several other instruments to include Rhythm Guitar, Jazz and Precision Bass, Keyboards, and Saxophone. With over forty years of music background.
Danielle started her own music production company with her partner Charzette known as “DeeJay & Cats Production providing music for Jillian’s Peak, commercials, and DJ soundtracks to name a few. Just as writing music is a passion for her.
So was writing “Jillian’s Peak” with her partner Charzette as a content creator. Which is her partner Inspirational story. They both wanted to do this for the African American Lesbians and LGBTQI community. Because their life is not depicted in film or television at all in a realist way.
CEO/ Co-Executive Producer/Co-Creator/ Writer
Her hometown is Detroit, MI and she currently lives in New York for over twenty years, she has been recognized for her positive portrayals of people whom mainstream media has tried to marginalize. Like her 50-piece photographic series “Just as We Are,” In 2010 She started transitioning into becoming a filmmaker and Join NYWIFT, IFP, Sag New Media and a W/MBE.
Charzette and her partner Danielle Johnson wanted to learn as much as they can about films. Their first project as content creators is “Jillian’s Peak”, depicts African American lesbians and LGBTQI as positive realistic people. Jillian’s Peak is an Inspirational story of Charzette life as a lesbian.
Her photography work is in Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and other museums and galleries. In 1992 she was the first African-American that ran the night lab at Main Photography Workshop. She Chaired and raised funds for the women’s advisory board of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in 2014. Charzette received her BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies.
CAST for our short film
Ariel Paige Starred in two theater production “A Sketch of New York” and “Hairitage”. Also in “Sex Tea Ladies “as a Receptionist and “Body to Body” which is played Ashley.
Holmes Lindsay IV is an actor and producer and stared in a recurring role on [BMF} “Black Mafia Family” and “Power”. He also stars in Blue Bloods as well. His films which he starred in as a lead was The Knights of Shame and Crossroads.
Hector L. Hicks grew up in Astoria, New York. His formal training began at SUNY College at Old Westbury. After graduating he continued to pursue dramatic arts at H.B. Studio. Hector also joined the 13thstreet Repertory Theatre Company, which lead to his first Off-Broadway performance “In the Silence of the heart” .
Thursday Farrar, she has starred in the “FBI” on CBS in supporting role as Kyra Matthews and in the movie “Christmas in Harlem” as supporting role as Chef Patrice on Hallmark. Also the Brain Banks movie in a supporting role as a defense lawyer Barbara Ford on “Amazon”.
Stefanie Colón is a recurring role in Epitome web series and starred in two promotion commercials Jones Beach Energy, Nature Center and Love Vs. Design as principal. She loves to sings as well.
Kenya Rachelle is transitioned into professional acting in 2018, first with some background work, then short film and commercial. In between work she produces a YouTube channel. She enjoys writing, dancing, and volunteering in her community. she stared in was “Pridefall” as a supporting actor.
Deon is a black, queer, cis, actor, dancer, singer, artist, activist, host, educator, food maker, rump shaker and generational curse breaker currently based in NYC. He is now an ensemble member of Tina Turner on Broadway. Deon is also currently circulating in a national commercial for Biktarvy, the one a day pill for people living with HIV. He also has a podcast called the “FREE BLACK MILLENNIALS”: which aims to do so through amplifying the unique voices of artists, upcoming pioneers, scholars.
Hailing from the Bronx and East Harlem, Nora’s followed diverse career paths and life experiences including a degree in Fashion Design from FIT. But Nora just had to pursue her heart’s desire: Acting. Nora studied at HB Studio and LS Acting Studios and initially worked as a background actor to get her foot in the door.
Trell Marcano is an actress who played in short films Government shutdown, Book of Syn and Crevasse. She also enjoys doing stand up comedy as well.
Hassan N. Farrow has starred in two films “The Black Top” and “The Hudson Tribes”. He also did a PSA commercial for safer Drinking for EGA Ent. Hi passion for acting stared at an early age.
Michael Sanders is an accomplished actor and storyteller. He studied acting at the University of Memphis. He has performed as an actor in numerous productions throughout the New York area. He is an author of a small volume of poetry “Never Run For the Bus In Winter” and he showcase and performer an art piece based on the book.
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