*Los Angeles — TV One will premiere the Marc Cayce Film, “Forbidden Fruits,” on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8 p.m. and Midnight (check your local listings).
“Forbidden Fruits,” explores an Arab-African American relationship starring Keith David, Ella Joyce, Keith Sweat, and Miss USA Rima Fakih
In her adopted home state of Michigan, Fakih, no stranger to competition, auditioned for a small, yet impactful, role in the Marc Cayce Production, “Forbidden Fruits.”
The 2006 film explored the Arab and African American struggle of acceptance, love and stereotyping of the Arabs, Chaldeans, Lebanese, and African Americans. Fakih portrayed FATIMA, a young and devoted daughter of a traditional and conservative Arab family.
To view one of Fakih’s scenes, click here.
“I saw potential in Rima,” said Cayce of Foremost Motion Pictures GRP LLC in Beverly Hills, developed her talent as a newcomer. “She is a professional and a hard worker who brought her religious beliefs and culture to the part, which added value and understanding about a world that is unknown and misunderstood to most Americans.”
Over the years, the demographics of Detroit, the site of the film, have changed from a prominently blue collar African American population to a community comprised of progressive Middle Eastern immigrants.
“I wish Rima the best and not surprised by her accomplishments,” said Cayce. “Rima is true to herself and her people, she is a role model for women who can rise above adversity.”
Marc Cayce’s Forbidden Fruits to Premiere on TV One January 22, 2011
Cayce is known for his truth based stories, affinity for his native Detroit, and spotting and developing talent. Fakih is the second unknown who has reached an apex in a short time. Among 50 women, Lebanon-born Miss Michigan, Fakih, is the first Arab American to take the crown.
In 2001, Cayce plucked actor/comedian Brandon T. Jackson from obscurity when he gave him a role in his film, “Nikita Blues.” Jackson’s taste of the film industry led him to be cast in “Ali,” “8 Mile,” “Roll Bounce,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Lottery Ticket,” and currently starring in Martin Lawrence’s “Big Momma 3.” “Brandon went from an extra to earning $1 million a movie,” remarked Cayce, who got his start in filmmaking after graduating from USC School of Cinema-Television. “My mission is to continue to seek out raw talent from the Detroit area and to cast veterans who hail from Michigan.”
Currently, Cayce is in pre-production for his fourth feature film, “A Chance Taken,” a dramatic story about redemption, fatherhood, and the often-abusive foster care system starring legendary actress Diahann Carroll. “I make movies for the urban masses and write about teachable moments,” says Cayce. The movie will shoot in Detroit and Los Angeles in 2011.
To order the DVD of “Forbidden Fruits,” go Turner Classic Movies, Amazon, or Walmart. If you don’t find it, demand it.
Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA
Platinum Star Public Relations