HAMPTON, Va. (October 25, 2018) – A new miniseries created by and starring Victoria Rowell (“The Young and the Restless”) will launch on the Urban Movie Channel (UMC) on December 6, 2018 and has been granted two launch movie screenings, one in Hampton, Va., and the other in Washington D.C.
“Jacqueline and Jilly” is a six-part miniseries which was filmed on Hampton University’s campus, in VC Suites and the Hampton University Museum, the oldest African American museum in the United States and one of the oldest museums in the state of Virginia. HU staff and students acted as extras, including Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
“Making a cameo on this miniseries was an amazing experience. Hampton University, with its beautiful and historic buildings, was the perfect backdrop for this production,” said Dr. Harvey. “We are excited to see the finished product.”
“Jacqueline and Jilly,” which will premiere on UMC, the go-to streaming network for Black film and television, is centered around the opioid crisis. All Hampton University friends, family, staff and students are invited to the Hampton screening on December 9, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., at the Cinema Café, located at 1044 Von Schilling Dr., Hampton, VA 23666. With roughly two million people affected by this issue in the U.S. alone, “Jacqueline and Jilly” showcases just one of the many stories of opiate addiction.
Starring Rowell, alongside Richard Brooks (“Being Mary Jane”), Daphne Maxwell Reid (“The Fresh Prince of BelAir”), Nikko Austen Smith (“Queen Sugar”) and Shannon Wallace, “Jacqueline and Jilly” is a portrait of three generations, two shattered dreams, and one accidental addiction. When the daughter of a privileged political family develops an addiction to prescription pain killers following an unfortunate accident, it goes unnoticed by those around her. As the problem becomes more apparent, the family must face the truth about addiction and each other while banding together for the sake of their daughter’s survival and recovery. The first episode of Jacqueline and Jilly will premiere at www.UMC.tv (and on various devices) on Thursday, December 6, 2018. New episodes will air weekly through January 10, 2019.
“In my opinion, the functionality of the entertainment industry should not solely be to entertain but should also be used as an awareness mechanism for calls to action in any crisis," said Victoria Rowell, President of Days Ferry Productions and creator of “Jacqueline and Jilly.” “It is incumbent upon me to use my voice and collaborate with entertainment partners such as UMC to inform the public through the powerful vehicle of storytelling, streaming and more. My hope is that ‘Jacqueline and Jilly’ will inspire spirited conversation between families and communities while also encouraging legislative limitations on pharmaceutical distribution — because lives depend on it.”
“Jacqueline and Jilly” is executive produced by Victoria Rowell through Days Ferry Productions and former Urban Movie Channel President, Traci Otey Blunt. Carletta S. Hurt, Richard Brooks, and Jonathan D. Ortiz also serve as producers on the miniseries.