LOS ANGELES – Oh, the teen angst of those high school years! No matter how old you are, memories of high school, whether good or bad, seem to always linger. Well, “Bring It On” meets “Friday Night Lights” in the new flick “At the Top of the Pyramid” by Slamgate Productions in conjunction with the Mozell Entertainment Group. The film will hit theatres in limited theatrical release, beginning March 2015 before heading to On Demand, Pay-Per-View, cable television, and other digital platforms.
Directed by Lawrence Jordan, “At the Top of the Pyramid”, is an upbeat, action-packed dramedy about a group of teenagers who struggle with peer pressure and family issues while trying to find the courage to follow their own hearts. The character-driven dramedy, infused with music, is a classic teen, coming-of-age film, complete with a diverse ensemble cast, introducing fresh faces Isaac J. Sullivan, Elle McLemore, Michael W. Peterson, and Jessica Luza, along with Dean Cain (“Hit the Floor,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) and Steve Guttenberg (“Diner” and the “Police Academy” franchise).
The film is executive produced by Mark A. Peterson of Slamgate Productions and written and co-executive produced by Richard Willis Jr. of Mozell Entertainment Group. Karen T. Bolt served as a producer on this project as well. In consultation with producers, overseeing the distribution strategy for “At the Top of the Pyramid” is Regenerate Entertainment. The film made its world premiere at the 2014 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, grabbing nominations for acting and writing awards.
The music also serves as a supporting cast member with the soundtrack, infused with hip hop beats, compliments of rapper REYN, a Brooklyn-born artist with hip hop, R & B and folk and pop influences. In support of the film, Mo-Slam Music released two singles from the soundtrack – that is, “Spizzo” and “Supastar.” Mo-Slam Music is an independent music production label and record company, and a joint venture of Mozell Entertainment Group and Slamgate Productions.
Warm, but exciting, “At the Top of the Pyramid,” unfolds into an intense study of teenage social hierarchy, and the adults who dare to guide the teens through it all.
“At the Top of the Pyramid”| 88 minutes | movie synopsis
“At the Top of the Pyramid” delves deeply into the dreams, nightmares, fears and insecurities that haunt teenagers, and ultimately illustrates the resiliency of the human spirit. Jamie Parker (Elle McLemore) is a spitfire of a girl. She has spirit, spunk and killer athletic skills that take her to the top. Unfortunately, she suffers a devastating fall at a cheerleading championship competition, which causes her much embarrassment and loss of confidence in the sport. Suffering a bruised ego from the humiliation of the accident, the family decides to relocate, and Jamie hopes this is the beginning of a fresh start. However, her father’s death forces a return to her old high school, and there we meet her group of friends, frenemies and suitors.
Jamie and her crew – that is, Marcuss (Isaac J. Sullivan), Diana (Jessica Luza), and CW (Michael W. Peterson) -- take us on an adventure where new alliances are formed; relationships are ignited; and loyalties are tested. Jamie struggles with the true meaning of courage, trust and friendship, and eventually works her way back to the top of the pyramid. After all, #winning is the endgame.
“At the Top of the Pyramid” is filled with music and sports; dance and romance; friendships and family, all set within the world of teenage angst and pathos.
To view the trailer of AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID on YouTube,
To view the music video. “Supastar” from the AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID soundtrack,
To hear the single, “Spizzo” and “Supastar,” plus other music by REYN, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/reyn
ABOUT EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MARK A. PETERSON | SLAMGATE PRODUCTIONS
Peterson grew up in the television business with his father serving as director for NBC News from 1947 to 1976, working on such pioneering shows as “The Huntley-Brinkley Report.” Turning to writing after retiring from the energy business, Peterson developed several projects for the stage and screen with a determined goal of expanding the creative opportunity of artists in the mid-Atlantic states. Residing in Northern Virginia, Peterson cultivated his strong ties with the Virginia Film Office, becoming a successful film investor and producer. Turning his sights to Hollywood, Peterson pitched and developed several projects under the banner of Slamgate Productions. “At the Top of the Pyramid” is Peterson’s first independent feature, and he has several projects in various stages of development.
ABOUT CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RICHARD WILLIS JR. | MOZELL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Founded by Richard Willis Jr., Mozell Entertainment Group is a development, production and management company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Willis is an award-winning writer, producer, director, music producer and filmmaker. He won a Peabody Award as writer/consultant on the PBS documentary series, “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow.” He also grabbed two Emmy nomination as writer/consultant on the PBS series, “I’ll Make Me a World” and “Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues,” respectively. Willis is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in playwriting and screenwriting and grand-prize winner of the “Pitch Me!” competition, presented by the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE). He’s written several plays, including the off-Broadway hit, “Wasps in the Bed,” as well as directed numerous music videos, commercials and short films. Also, along with his producing music team, Willis produced the “At the Top of the Pyramid” soundtrack for Mo-Slam Music at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, CA.