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"SHAME ON SHELLEY BENNETT” Takes on Tough Subjects

Shame on Shelley Bennett, All Lights Film Magazine, ALFM

 

The documentary stars actor/comedian Shelley Bennett and comic Maz Jobrani, who recently announced his new CBS sitcom “Nobody Trusts Maz

In a timely deal, 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. The topic of the film—overcoming misconceptions and fears regarding Islam—and its contributor—comedian Maz Jobrani—are both presently making headlines. Shelley shines a smart and honest light on learning and living in a new (Middle-Eastern) culture—a topic that has been at the forefront of media discussions regarding foreign policy and the upcoming election. Maz Jobrani, an established actor and comedian who participated in this political film, has recently made headlines himself with the announcement of his new CBS sitcom “Nobody Trusts Maz”.

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”.

 

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