After Darcy is date raped, she and her friends Nora and Olivia band together to inflict a seemingly harmless revenge prank on the rapist. But the prank goes awry when he accidentally dies and they unwittingly set into motion a cataclysmic chain of events that result in the deaths of each of their lovers.
Black Widows explores female kinship and the dark humor behind tragedy because even if you can’t laugh about it, you can laugh in spite of it if you have the right people in your life.
CAST & CREW
JORDAN ELIZABETH GOETTLING “DARCY”
Jordan Elizabeth Goettling has been acting her entire life. Steadily working, Goettling most recently wrapped lead roles in four independent features including Lionsgate’s Knock Knock 2 and is slated to begin filming the lead role in Edward Payson’s feature, Pitbull, this fall. Initially a stage actor, Goettling trained at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan playing lead roles in The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan, Annie, Oliver and Stage Door. This is her writing debut.
BRIGITTE GRAHAM “NORA”
Brigitte Graham is a Los Angeles native, born and raised on TV and film sets. She’s been acting professionally since age 4 and is delighted to be a SAG/AFTRA member. In addition to her numerous film, television and commercial credits, she recently made her theatrical stage debut in the Los Angeles production of ‘Spike Heels’. Brigitte is enjoying traveling the film festival route with ‘Used Body Parts’, the short film she’s the lead in as well as a producer. Recently, she co-founded Wanderlust Films LLC and has segued into producing and screenwriting. She is honored to be part of this cast and crew and feels most proud to be pursuing her lifelong silver screen dreams with family and friends on ‘Black Widows’.
SHELBY KOCEE “OLIVIA”
Shelby has appeared in MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES, THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF HAPPINESS, MACHINA, the Award-Winning Mockumentary HOLDING BACK, and is a series regular on the popular “LonelyGirl15” Web Series. Industrial work includes Brand Ambassadorships for Mattel, Disney and Mitsubishi. She is lso active on the stage in LA and NY, and has appeared in critically acclaimed productions such as BLACK COFFEE, PRESENT LAUGHTER (SRT), ETHEL SINGS (as Ethel Rosenberg at SoHo Rep), SLEEPY HOLLOW (Best Actress Award), THE CIRCLE, and as Rose Kennedy in THE COLOR OF ROSE. Shelby is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association.
Venita Ozols-Graham is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and previous DGA Award nominee. She arrived in Hollywood after completing a film directing degree at Pratt Institute in New York and quickly got accepted into the Director’s Guild of America’s Assistant Director Training Program. She’s enjoyed a successful run in production in the industry in film and TV, working on projects such as On Golden Pond, Xanadu and Grease 2 as well as hit TV shows Veronica Mars, CSI, The Shield and The X Files. She has segued into writing, producing and directing and has written numerous screenplays. Her horror short, Used Body Parts, is currently featured in several film festivals. Black Widows Is her feature film directing debut.
Brian Tanke began his career on Spielberg’s Always (Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter), Mr. Holland’s Opus (Richard Dreyfuss) and Metro (Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport), and on television with The Magnificent Seven (Michael Biehn) and The Education of Max Bickford (Richard Dreufuss) for CBS, and Halloweentown and Smarthouse for Disney Channel. His most recent features as a producer include Joe Dirt 2 (David Spade, Christopher Walken), The Grounds and Black Widows. He has also line produced several high profile indies: Spread (Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche), Ten Inch Hero (Elisabeth Harnois, Clea DuVall and Jensen Eckles) and Saving Grace B. Jones (Michael Biehn, Penelope Anne Miller, Tatum O’Neal). An International Emmy Award winner, he has produced worldwide for 14 seasons of various international editions of The Amazing Race, Chasing Mummies, Bone Detectives, and Around the World in 80 Ways as well as The Colony 1 & 2 domestically.
Leif Holt originally began his career as an actor appearing in dozens of films, TV shows and commercials including “In Enemy Hands” with William H. Macy, General Hospital, and Days of our Lives. Leif’s experience on set quickly translated when he wrote and produced his first feature, “Lizzie”. Cast members included Gary Busey, Corbin Bernsen, Don Swayze and Shawna Waldron. The film was so successful that a deal was made for the UK territory prior to its release date and has been spreading like wild fire ever since. “The Anniversary of Shallow Creek” was his next feature film which did equally as well. Since then Leif has produced 6 features along with numerous shorts and web series. He is especially proud of “Black Widows” and looks forward to its release.
Cherie Baker is an Emmy nominated Production Designer who has worked on both film and television on shows like CSI: Las Vegas, The Unknown, Arli$$ and M.Y.O.B. Additionally, she was the Art Director on Star Trek: Nemesis. Ms. Baker is also a gifted fine artist and has shown her paintings in galleries throughout Southern California.
Ed Stasium is a reknowned music producer who has worked with iconic musicians and bands such as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Mick Jagger, The Smithereens and Joan Jett. While working with The Ramones, Stasium made his first foray into film as the musical director of Rock and Roll High School.
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