NICHELLE NICHOLS IS A NEVADA
BROTHEL OWNER IN A NEW FILM
by Thomas M. Sipos, managing editor.
[May 28, 2006]
Trek's Nichelle NichoIs is playing a brothel owner in Lady
Magdalene's, a new film she herself is co-executive producing with Prometheus
Award-winning science fiction author J. Neil Schulman (the film's
writer and director).
Shot entirely in Las Vegas
and Pahrump, Nevada, Lady Magdalene's is the tale of a Homeland Security officer booted off the force by political
correctness, who then stumbles onto an Al Queda plot partially set in a
legal brothel owned by Lady Magdalene (played by Nichols).
During an on-site interview
with the Hollywood Investigator, Schulman explained that inexpensive access
to "great locations" was a major reason for choosing.Lady
Magdalene's for his directorial debut. "A couple of years ago,
I first saw the Front Sight training
center in Pahrump, which I like to describe as Disneyland for SWAT commandos. I've talked to people who've gone through the federal law enforcement training
centers in Georgia and New Mexico, and they say the facilities that federal
officers trained at have nothing to compare to what they have here at Front
Sight. When I saw the extent of the facilities a few years ago, I said,
I want to do a movie here.
Sight doubles as a training centers for both terrorists and federal
officers in Schulman's film -- as does Pahrump itself. The desert
community's surrounding area can pass for the Mideast.
"I've a house in Pahrump,"
said Schulman. "This beautiful country with mountains on all sides
and great vistas, is stupendous from a cinematographic standpoint.
Apart from location, Schulman's
script was also inspired by a true story. "I heard a funny story
how, back in the late 1980s, the Mustang
Ranch went into federal tax receivership. Because it's
a legal business, the federal court appointed a federal agent to be the
tax receiver for the Mustang
Ranch. I thought, that's the funniest fish-out-of-water
idea I've ever heard. A federal agent given the job of managing a legal
brothel in Nevada.
Schulman has known Lady Magdalene's star Nichols for some thirty years. "I met her at a Star
Trek convention in the 1970s, which I was covering for the National
Star," said Schulman. "She was in one of the suites where
party was going on at night. She was lounging on one of the beds,
and I went up to her with my recorder and lay down on the bed next to her,
and I interviewed her.
"She maintains to this day
that she remembers me doing that, which I find astonishing. I was
one out of several thousands of reporters that interviewed her.
"I met her again a few years
ago regarding the script adaptation of my novel, Escape
from Heaven. She and I began developing that together
as executive producers.
"I decided that I could have
only one madam for Lady Magdalene's,
and that was Nichelle Nichols."
Schulman found the rest of
his cast and crew, "referral to referral to referral. One person
gives one person, that person gives you a third person. Some of the
actors I already knew. We listed the film with Breakdown
Services. That got me some. We did an open call
here in Pahrump. I've now hired four speaking roles from those Pahrump
auditions. We have one actor out of Las Vegas. Four from Pahrump.
Several from the East coast. Lots out of Los Angeles. And one
Manchester in the UK. Mark Gilvary, a graduate of the Drama
Centre of London. One of the finest, most versatile actors I've
Apart from Nichols, the lead
roles are played by Ethan Keogh (Homeland Security officer Jack Goldwater),
Susan Smythe (Goldwater's partner and love interest), and Alexander Wraith
as lead Al Queda terrorist, Yassin. "Keogh was a direct referral
from Susan Smythe," said Schulman.
Magdalenes is being shot with two HD digital cameras, a Panasonic and
a Canon, at 24 fps. As for how Schulman raised financing for his
film, he says, "It's a secret. I managed to tap into financial resources
that have faith in me."
Schulman will begin looking
for distribution in late June at the Los
Angeles Film Festival, where he will pass out a DVD trailer. He also intends to submit his film to studios and film festivals, including Sundance and Cannes.
sure to follow Lady Magdalene's progress at the NRA test
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