Start with Star Trek's original "Uhura," Nichelle Nichols, in the title role as a New Orleans madam who after the hurricanes moves to Pahrump, Nevada -- where's brothels are legal -- and who -- behind the camera -- exec produced, wrote and performed original songs on the soundtrack, and did the film's choreography.
Add in a plot-twisty screenplay by award-winning novelist, libertarian journalist, and Twilight Zone screenwriter, J. Neil Schulman, who not only directed the film and wrote original songs for the soundtrack but played the supporting role of an American al Qaeda terrorist.
Mix well with a fresh cast of talented actors including alumni of the Groundlings and the London Drama Centre; a gorgeous Shakespearean actress whose hobbies include collecting swords; a stunning Persian pop superstar; a Calvin Klein male model who did all his own stunts; a Miss Teen All American (a title previously held by Halle Berry), and an actual Nevada "working girl" ...
And you end up with a one-of-a-kind independent film, defying all genre classification, which the producers have referred to as "a Jerry Bruckheimer tentpole made on an Ed Wood budget."
Following its February 2008 world premiere at the San Diego Black Film Festival Lady Magdalene's won the festival's award for "Best Cutting Edge Film."
After its September 2008 screening at Universal City's Cinema City International Film Festival Lady Magdalene's producers walked away with the statuette for Audience Choice.
If you're looking for obligatory nudity and sex scenes, explosions, F-bombs, and the usual low-budget exploitation, this just isn't the movie for you.
But if you're looking for a movie with a topsy-turvy plot you haven't seen a million times before, heroes and villains that defy the usual clichés, dialogue you might actually have to think about before you laugh, and a musical score spanning classical to original rock, jazz, gospel, and pop songs -- then this just might be the movie you've been waiting for.
Trekkies, baby-boomers, 9/11 patriots, gun-lovers, Congress-haters, feminists, music lovers, the ethnically and religiously tolerant, Discordians, the humor-unimpaired, and libertarians are especially welcome.
"A blend of Comedy Sitcoms of the 50's and 60's, with a 'Cold War' aura, given a 'terrorist' slant. Hilarious entertainment."
--Robin Rosenzweig, Beverly Hills Outlook
"An offbeat, sexy comedy set in a Nevada brothel that lampoons the IRS, Homeland Security, and Al-Qaeda."
--Lee Michael Cohn, Santa Monica Mirror
"If writers of the modern thrillers could come up with twists and misdirections even a quarter as clever as Schulman does here, I wouldn't find myself wondering if the thriller is a dead genre. Far more instances where the film is equal to counterparts with budgets ten times the size."
--Steve Miller, Rotten Tomatoes
"Action-humor reminiscent of a Bob Hope movie ... Casting is outstanding... The script had all the twists in the right places...powerful and so subtly written... It is purely character driven ... I was still thinking about it a week later."
--Bestselling Author Jacqueline Lichtenberg
"Humor, wit, political observation and sexiness. Nichelle Nichols provides an excellent center for all of the hijinks that swirl around her. Her performance reminded me a lot of Ruby Dee - charm, wisdom, love, experience - all held together by grit, determination and professionalism. Ethan Keogh: Solid, deadpan, believable, strong, natural. Susan Smythe had a kind of Carrie Fisher/Candy Clark quality. Claudia Lynx? Absolutely smoking hot."
--Charles Robert Carner, Writer/Director, Witless Protection, Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail
"I love seeing Nichelle in a more textured role."
--Tay Zonday, Singe