Bios

About the Filmmaker:

Luchina Fisher, the writer and director of "Death in the Family," is an award-winning writer and producer. She has produced and written three nationally broadcast documentaries, on soul superstar Gladys Knight, blues legend B.B. Kings and the 30-year history of Title IX, as well as numerous segments for television. Luchina began her career as a journalist, reporting for the Miami Herald and People magazine. She was a contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Lifetime magazine and Health, as well as online at ABCNews.com, where she currently writes about the entertainment industry. Luchina has also collaborated on several books, including Gladys Knight’s memoir and Oprah Winfrey and Bob Greene’s bestseller “Make The Connection.” She is the co-author of “The Slick Boys.”

Executive Producer

Zainab Ali, the executive producer of "Death in the Family, is a founder and creator of wellness forums for women in New York City. Zainab has been bringing people together and producing events since the mid-90s. Her interest in project management and networking has led to a career as a senior recruiter for major corporations such as Bayer, GAP and Charles Schwab. A lifelong film enthusiast, she is turning her skills toward producing film and television. Her ZAG Media Productions has several projects in development.

The Cast:

Victoria Rowell:
A versatile actress of theatre, primetime, daytime and feature films, Rowell is known around the world for her various roles. She is an icon in daytime television as the feisty Drucilla Winters on CBS's highly-rated daytime series, "The Young and the Restless." She has been nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy and awarded 12 NAACP Image Awards. She also co-starred in the CBS hit primetime television series “Diagnosis Murder” with Dick Van Dyke for eight seasons while simultaneously continuing her role in daytime. Rowell has worked on the big screen with some of Hollywood's leading men, including Beau Bridges, Jim Carrey, Dick Van Dyke, Mario Van Peoples, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2007, she wrote the bestselling memoir "The Women Who Raised Me" about growing up in Maine's foster care system. Her most recent book is the novel "Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva" based on her former soap actress life.


April Betts
April Betts:
Up and coming actress April Betts grew up in St. Charles, Missouri, with her four siblings. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a biology degree and dreams of medical school. That changed when she moved to California and began acting. Her first film was a short for "Project Greenlight," which became a top 10 finalist and received an award. Betts has been in big-budget to low-budget films and everything in between. She loves to travel and is an avid Salsa dancer. On her last film, "The Ugly Truth," she taught Gerard Butler some Salsa moves.



J. Leon Pridgen:
After college and honorable service in the 82nd Airborne Division, Pridgen would follow his true passion in life – acting. He has performed in commercials, stage productions, television and film, including starring opposite Halle Berry and Omar Epps in the college football film "The Program." It was his distinct honor to work for George Lucas on the television series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles." He has recently been seen in the Gospel Music Channel’s original movie “Trinity Goodheart.” His character, Lionel Goodheart, is the older brother of Jeremy Goodheart – portrayed by Eric Benet. Pridgen's first novel, “Hidden Secrets, Hidden Lives," was recently published. His next novel “Color of Justice” will be released on November 8, 2011. Pridgen is also a huge advocate of the Mooresville Graded School District, where his children attend school.




Alexis Donovan: Twelve-year-old Alexis has been performing since she was 3. A triple threat, Alexis sings, dances and acts. She played the title role in "Zinzi the Musical" at the American Renaissance Theater in New York. She trains with the Alvin Ailey American Dance School and has danced in "The Nutcracker." Currently, Alexis can be seen in "Violet and Daisy," the much-talked-about directorial debut of Geoffrey Fletcher, Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Precious."









Executive Producer:
Zainab Ali

Producers:
Luchina Fisher
Victoria Rowell
Leslie Fisher

Director:
Luchina Fisher

Screenplay:
Luchina Fisher

Cinematography:
Daniel O'Neill

Editor:
Eric Schneider

Sound:
Allison Jackson

Sound Mix/Design:
Zach McNees

Production Design:
November Rawlings

Music by:
Roland Vazquez

Assistant Director:
Bianca Ahmadi

Assistant Camera:
Eric Schneider

Script Supervisor:
Keith Chandler

Makeup:
Romell Duresseau
Princess Jenkins

Production Assistants:
Lorielle Mallue
Vanessa Lapolla
Arvolyn Hill

Production Stills:
Darryl Arbesman
Keith Chandler

Publicity:
November Rawlings