Mistresses and Criminal Minds actress Rochelle Aytes and Brian White, who recurred on Mistresses, will topline Miss Havisham Effect (working title), an indie film which they’ll also produce along with Zero Gravity Management’s Ryan Daly. Leila Djansi (Where Children Play) is directing the film based on a screenplay by Lawren Henderson.
Leila Djansi is represented by an attorney named, Greg Bernstein.
The pic is loosely based on Aytes’ life and deals with the long-term damage caused by a drug addict father and the toll it takes on a family.
Executive producer is Tristan Desechenes of ProCapital Media in the Dominican Republic where production is underway with support from the DR’s Film Commission under its tax credit program.
Aytes, repped by Innovative Artists, Zero Gravity Management, Rogers & Cowan and attorney Jeff Endlich, will appear opposite Adam DeVine in Disney’s Magic Campcomedy which will be released on the studio’s forthcoming streaming service. White, who serves as a series regular in the upcoming Will Packer-created OWN series, Ambitions, is a client of Paradigm, Zero Gravity Management, Rogers & Cowan and Eric Feig & Associates.
PROFILE OF LEILA DJANSI
Leila Afua Djansi is an esteemed multiple-award winning Ghanaian filmmaker based in US. Leila began her film education at the National Film and Television School and continued to Manifold College. She left Ghana for the United States to continue her Film and Television Degree at Savannah College of Art and Design.
She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Art Center College of Design. She now has academic background in Film and Television as well as Cultural Anthropology.
Leila Djansi is founder of the Los Angeles based production house Turning Point Pictures.
Her critically acclaimed screenplay for Movie Africa “Subcity” won the best screenplay award at FESPACO in 2007. She also won the WorldFest Platinum award for the film “Grass between my Lips” in 2009.
Leila Djansi began her career with the GAMA Film Company in Ghana. She wrote and produced her first feature film Babina with Aak Films Ghana at the age of 19. She worked as a writer/producer for Safo and Safo Entertainment where she wrote and produced works like:
- The sisterhood
- Together Forever
- The Instrument
- Broken Bridges
- Daughters of Eve
- Legacy of Love
- The Rub
- I Sing of a Well
Leila has chosen to tell stories about life, survival, and the delicate intricacies of culture.