A Trio Of African American Women Producers Hope To Change Horror With ‘The Dark Rite’

September 1, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com

Three female producers are looking to change the way that we see African Americans in horror films. Often African American characters are the first to die and are cast into particular stereotypes. Nicole Sylvester, Trevite A. Wills and Stephanie Dawson want to help put an end to that.

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The three women are well versed and experienced in the entertainment industry. Nicole Sylvester got her start as a coordinator independent films such as ‘8 Mile’ and as a Distribution Coordinator for Purple Rose Films, before directing her own films, such as ‘Layla’s Girl’. Trevite A. Willis has produced award winning films such as ‘Children of God’ and ‘Uncle Killa’ and Stephanie Dawson started her own video and production company, Election Media.


‘The Dark Rite’ was not only made with the intention of changing how we see African Americans in films, it also happens to look to be a great film. In this supernatural thriller, written and directed by Richard LeMay, every twenty-five years a coven of witches descends upon a small town to sacrifice four souls. One of those sacrificed must be a member of their own line. Kerry (Eden Brolin), a young woman realizes that her unborn child is being targeting. When David (Ross Wellington), a decendent of the witches, begins to fall in love with Kerry  he puts the ritual in jeopardy. If the coven does not carry out the ritual in time they will lose their powers and die.

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‘The Dark Rite’ stars Chester Jones III,  Eric Nelsen, Gerald McCullouch, Ben Weaver,  Rosa Arredondo, Kevin Spirtas,Joseph Melendez, Justin A. Davis, Karmine Alers, Vanessa Rubio, Margaret Laurens Kempand Gail Herendeen.

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‘The Dark Rite’ will be released later this year.

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