Recently screening at The Culver City International Film Festivaland the California International Shorts Festival, Heart of a Womanis based upon the Amazon best-selling memoir by Toni Newman, I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman.
Directed by Keith Holland, Heart of a Womanis a dark and gripping dramatic masterpiece. Like the book, this “coming of age” film tells of how the lead character, played by Angelica Ross, transitions from being a man to living as a woman. As an educated college undergraduate, she was unable to secure respectable employment and was forced into a dark world of sex for hire that was made tolerable by the money, glamour and celebrities, but sharply punctuated by drug abuse and violence. She overcomes the many obstacles thrown her way and rises to a world of acceptance and love.
The film also stars Justin Berti, Rachel Sterling, America’s Next Top ModelI sis King, E.P. McKnight, Jason Stuart and Alton Demore who also executive produced and co-wrote alongside Toni Newman.