WEEK IN WOMEN: Aisha Tyler slated to direct SILENT JOHN

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Aisha Tyler is slated to direct a “socially conscious psychological thriller” titled Silent John. Roxanne Avent Taylor of Hidden Empire Film Group is producing the project.

“I am thrilled to be working with the killer team at HEFG; their enthusiasm and passion for this project is energizing and it’s gratifying they share my vision for this story,” said Tyler in a statement. “Silent John is a terrifying portrait of institutional abuse and its lifelong effects on the psyche; I look forward to Roxanne’s creative producing intensity, along with my brilliant producing partners Emmett Hughes, John Doherty and David Jacobson, helping to bring this riveting film to life.”

The movie, written by Emmett Hughes, explores “the unholy fanaticism of a man lost in the chasm between faith, the church, and madness.” Emmett Hughes also wrote Tyler’s feature film directorial debut, the 2017 drama-thriller “Axis,” with a story drawn from historic abuses by the Catholic church against unwed mothers.

Silent John will begin shooting in summer in County Galway, Ireland. The story centers on a couple who travels to stay at a rustic bed and breakfast in Ireland in the weeks before their first child is born. At first charmed by their Irish host, they soon discover he and his mute groundskeeper share a terrible secret, and their dream getaway becomes an inescapable nightmare. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.