*Can the ladies get some credit in the Black film world? In a breakout year for black films, one thing remains the same: It’s still a boys club. With all the great films in the mix and coming down the pike, few films are helmed by female directors.
Well, Tyler Maddox Simms is teaching the boys a lesson. Creating her own path in the industry, while gleaning to some of greats, she’s doing things in a different way.
A director with a special niche, Tyler is catering to home entertainment by producing Straight-to-DVD, low-budget films with a focus on wholesome, family entertainment. Unlike most filmmakers, she doesn’t fret about distribution because her titles can be found on the shelves of Wal-Mart stores nationwide.
She started her venture some 10 years ago with her debut as a director with “Beverly Hood,” featuring the then-hot group, Destiny’s Child. Other notable flicks include “Love Chronicles” with Terrence Howard and Robin Givens.
Her most recent project was “The Power of Love” starring actress Vivica A. Fox. Here’s the synopsis:
During a book tour, the vivacious author PJ Payton — portrayed by Vivica A. Fox, (“Kill Bill: Vol. 1-2,” “Independence Day”) — is invited on a radio talk show to promote her best selling book, “The Power Of Love.” The book draws from the author’s own faith-based experiences in the love department. During the interview, PJ counsels listeners on their love lives; but, eventually unwittingly exposes her own on the air. Suddenly, the spotlight is on PJ to come clean about her matters of love. The ensemble cast includes comic Joe Torry (“Motives,” “Back in Business”) Wood Harris (“The Wire”) and Malik Barnhardt (“Next Day Air,” “8 Mile”) and newcomer Andre’ Truth (“Who Watching the Kids) along with Maddox Simms. This romantic comedy takes viewers on an inspirational journey of love.
Check out the trailer: