Everything comes full circle. Terry a O'Neal and Shelly Hollis, both currently residents of California, had no idea that they were from the same hometown when Hollis joined the film crew as Director and Editor of the upcoming family drama Along the Dirt Road.
The film, which is based on the bestselling novel Sweet Lavender by author and Executive Producer Terry a O'Neal, is already getting buzz in the media and film industry. The film has been described as an "influential Southern classic story"--a cross between August Wilson's "Fences" and Langston Hughes' "Not Without Laughter."
Along the Dirt Road is currently in pre-production and will be shot in Lafayette, Lake Charles and surrounding areas. Louisianians have many opportunities to get involved. The production is currently seeking musicians, zydeco music, young boy frottier players, harmonica player and actors for multiple short scenes, including a "jure" scene.
Actress Desreta Jackson, best known for her role as Young Celie in the 1985 Award-Winning film The Color Purple which featured celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover, has recently been cast as lead actress in the upcoming film Along the Dirt Road.
Mrs. Jackson was thrilled to land one of the lead roles alongside 15-year-old Camryn Levert, the youngest daughter of the late R&B Grammy Award Winning singer Gerald Levert, who will be playing her daughter in the film.
Film Director Shelly Hollis says that people from all over the US have become a part of this amazing production, including Stockton local Roxanne Brown, who has recently joined the crew as Lead Stylist for the film, in addition to several others. "There are many opportunities for anyone interested in contributing to the film," says Hollis. "Being born and raised in Stockton, we especially encourage locals to be involved."