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ABOUT THE SHOW
This inspirational story is based loosely on Charzette Torrence's life and the stages that she took to find her true self. It is a dramatic series examining one woman's inner turmoil when confronted with her own sexuality. Jillian struggles to reconcile her feelings, seemingly attracted to both men and women and unsure of where her true love really lies. She faces challenges from family, friends, and church members. As she becomes a lesbian in the African American community. Once Jillian comes out as a lesbian. How does she navigate and understand the gay community and the issue that affect the community? Also, will she find love? Jillian wants to understand what will truly make her happy. But mainly she seeks to explore her hidden nagging feeling of “I am a closet Lesbian?” Jillian pursues her truth in New York. She lives with Gail, her best friend from college, a self-assured lesbian who challenges Jillian’s ideas and beliefs about herself and her life. JILLIAN’S PEAK is told in 15-18 minutes episodic series increments over 12 episodes for first
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 the first diverse African American woman of color 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 into a massive audience 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 thru streaming and film worldwide. Most importantly to combat the negative stigma by television networks. 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. About the series,
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.
2019-2021- Judges for the New York Independent Film.
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.
She is a proud Georgia native, who has been performing in professional musical theatre productions and working with the likes of Patdro Harris, Kenny Leon, and Tyler Perry since the age of eleven. Performing live at the Fox Theatre and the Rialto in shows such as “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat,” “The Wiz”, “High School Musical the Musical,” and” Black Nativity,” she has certainly grown up in the realm of professional theatre.
Grant E. Harvey is a Theatre professional making his way into the Film industry. Hailing from Columbia, Maryland, he has a degree in Theatre Arts and is currently working on his MFA in Acting at The Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. He plays the role of Keith, Jillian’s Husband. In “Jillian’s Peak” Keith is very confident and slightly arrogant person. Grant career is a varied one, with accolades in everything from Production Stage Management of “The ColorPurple”.
Lisann frequently plays smart, fiercely independent, outspoken and boundary-crossing characters, like her character Toni in “The Red Journal,” (NYPD Detective who absuses her lover); or as Gail in “Jillian’s Peak,”(a therapist who gets involved with her clients and is Jillian’s best friend) Miriam in “Wives In The Heights,” (a man-eating Wall Street shark); and Victoria in “Made From Scratch.” (a powerful executive coming to terms with who she really is). As a bilingual actress.
Candice often plays the good girl with a little edge, but when pushed that good girl is someone you don’t want to mess with. In her role as Karen in “Jillian’s Peak”, she is able to tap into the feistier side of her range and is Gail girlfriend. She has a lead role in the dramatic short film “Soul Mates,” which is currently on the festival circuit and has been accepted to five film festivals and counting, including the Hollywood Black Film Festival.
Sherricka portrays no-nonsense characters who are independent, courageous and professional such as an Attorney in ”Know How” Winnerof the Garden State Film Festival and Marie in “Collection” a Minister who calls out a member during service for taking money from the collection plate. Sherricka was able to flow into her character as Shana in “Jillian’s Peak”, a strong and confident woman who loves a challenge because she’s always willing to take risks and not afraid of the word “No.”
Hope Harley is pursuing her acting dream after retiring from a successful corporate career. She is a mother and grandmother which is good training since she is often cast as one. In addition to playing Jillian’s mother in “Jillian’s Peak”, she can be seen as the mother of Emmett Till in “Whistle in Mississippi” which can be seen in various locations around the city. She has appeared as Mama in The Gallery Players production of “A Raisin in the Sun”.
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” . Hector is playing the character Charles Jillian’s father in “Jillian’s Peak”; The dapper dad that’s loving and supportive.
La Rivers embraces storytelling by bringing a heightened self awareness to the acting experience on stage, and in film, in an open, playful and collaborative way. After completing the Acting Conservatory and Director’s Practicum at Yale Drama School, La is grateful to Jillian’s Peak for the invitation to join the cast in the role of Victoria James, Jillian’s sister. She thanks her coaches for their guidance, and looks forward to a cast sharing their intuition, imagination, and skill.
Langston Fishburne often plays characters coming from a challenging background struggling as best they can against the world. Langston has a background in dance, beginning his career touring with ballet companies in Boston and Connecticut. He then shifted from dance to acting in the web series WIGS where he played Malcolm. Langston has also appeared in “Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith” with Anika Noni Rose and “Romeo & Juliet in Harlem”, where he played Tybalt, alongside Harry Lennix.
Nora Smith hales from the Bronx and East Harlem NYC. Following a diverse career path and life experience which included an Associates Degree in Fashion Design from FIT, Nora decided to pursue her heart’s desire: Acting. Nora studied at HB Studio and pursued background work to get her foot in the door. Playing the role of the hard-edged, acid tongue with a smile Joyceline (Keith’s mother) in “Jillian’s Peak”, Nora looks forward to the immense possibilities that such a rich character.
Jill M. Vallery played on Broadway and toured with the company in the production of “FELA.” A classical contemporary modern African Jazz Latin dancer, she is also a hip hop lyricist. Jill studied acting under Anthony Abeson and Heidi Marshall, and took voice with Tracey Grimaldi and Susan Eichhorn Young. Jill has also performed in many Off-Broadway productions in “Something Precious and Tales of the Sun” where she played the lead role as Ars Nova. She plays Rose who is Keith Oldest sister
Penny Middleton has her feet firmly in the New York theater scene. Most recently she was in “Play/Date”, an immersive and voyeuristic theatrical experience. In addition to acting, Penny is also a budding writer. She had her first play, “Upon a Thicket Throne,” produced by DreamCatcher Entertainment in 2014 (The Poets Den Theater, East Harlem). Penny graduated cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Classical Humanities.
Omar Perez has enjoyed many roles on and off Broadway. Omar has played in production of “Man of La Mancha” as Duke and “Harlem Hellfighters” as Col. Hayward. He is most notable in films like Broken Hearts and The Wallet. Omar studied acting at Stage Combat under the direction of Michael Jerome Johnson. He is Keith Thomas best friend and co-worker Doug in “Jillian’s Peak” They have known each other since college and stated working soon after they graduated. Doug is the devil in Keith ear
Vince has used his multi-ethnic looks to portray a wide range of characters. In Jillian’s Peak he’s set to portray Pastor Johnson, a wise religious mentor to Jillian and her family. Vince is currently filming Man at the Door for Western Independent Films, in which he has a principal role portraying a crabby doorman. He will also be seen shortly as a principal in another web-series called Tempt, playing a fussy boss. He has supporting roles in indie short films, such as Dog, Flawed God.
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