Goldstein Douglas Entertainment is adding another top-level entertainment project to its roster, with its recent acquisition of the rights to distribute the film “Shame on Shelley Bennett”, starring the popular comic of the same name. Goldstein Douglas Entertainment will be representing the film at MIPCOM in Cannes from October 5-10, 2012.
The Midwest meets the Middle East in “Shame on Shelley Bennett”, a feature length documentary starring actor/comedian Shelley Bennett. The film is an honest and funny portrayal of Shelley’s journey as an American girl who falls for a Muslim man. Now, after getting married to Mohamed, she must face her own misconceptions and fears of Islam.
Shelley quickly immerses herself into a new culture and religion by participating in 30 days of Ramadan, and travels the world while creating a poignant dialogue through her stand-up comedy. Throughout her trials and tribulations, she is called an “ignorant American” and finds herself in the Middle East getting interviewed by Al Jazeera.
Finally, she grows to respect a culture and religion that she may never completely understand, while dealing with the harsh realities of an inter-faith marriage. Is love enough to bridge the gap between the West and the East or will their relationship bomb? The timely, political film also stars renowned comedian and actor Maz Jobrani.
Shelley Bennett is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She grew up in Southern Indiana and moved to New York after college. She has come a long way since her beginnings off-broadway and first television role, playing “Vivian Goodmanson” on “As the World Turns”. Shortly thereafter she moved to Los Angeles and has worked in TV and film starring opposite Emmy nominee Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory) as well as Stacy Keach. She has done voice over work for Disney and has also performed as a stand-up comic all over Los Angeles including the Comedy Store. Just before the Arab Spring in Egypt, Shelley served as a film juror for the 19th Cairo International Film Festival for Children.
Also a part of the “Shame on Shelley Bennett” team is established Writer/Producer/Director Stephen Lentini. He has worked for the past 14 years in TV and film production, programming and branding for such networks FOX, NBC, MTV, VH-1, FUEL TV, Fox Sports Net, Fox Reality Channel, USA Networks, Spike TV, Discovery Channel, Court TV, TLC, Showtime and Lifetime. He has also written and produced other dynamic documentaries, including, “GMAC Big Wave Attack: The North Canyon” and “The Glacier Project”. Scripted feature film credits include, “Machine Head” and “Beware”.
About Goldstein Douglas
Established in July 2011, Goldstein Douglas Entertainment was created by entertainment industry innovators Bobby Goldstein and Cord Douglas.
Goldstein is the producer/creator of the long-running popular realty series “Cheaters”. In 1995, Goldstein created the concept of “Cheaters”—a vision for a new type of show that came long before the popularity of reality programming. After establishing his own television production company Bobby Goldstein Productions, Inc., Goldstein filmed the pilot for “Cheaters” and in fall of 1999, with the assistance of Cord Douglas as his distributor, moved forward with the sales of “Cheaters” worldwide. “Cheaters” airs in over 100 countries world-wide and will be reaching its 300th one-hour episode next season.
Cord Douglas has been in the programming distribution business for nearly 20 years. He has worked with programming in a multitude of genres. Cord has negotiated commissions and pre-sales for action-hour series, non-fiction series and tele-features with companies such as Disney/ABC, NBC Universal Cable Networks, Showtime, Spike TV, Discovery Networks, Court TV, and Fox Cable Networks. Cord is well respected in the business and has established connections with television networks throughout the world.
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