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Exclusive: 'Newlyweeds' Star Trae Harris Lands Lead Role in Dennis Leroy Kangalee's 'Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 18, 2014 at 12:37PM

The actress was most recently seen in an episode of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."
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Trae Harris
Trae Harris

"Newlyweeds" co-star Trae Harris has been cast in the title role of Dennis Leroy Kangalee's (previously, Dennis Leroy Moore's) latest, "Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)."

I profiled the project and filmmaker a month ago; catch up here, so that I don't have to rehash that somewhat lengthy piece.

Dennis Leroy Kangalee
Dennis Leroy Kangalee

The official description for "Octavia: 'Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)" reads: 

"Octavia:Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)," is film about a 150 year-old black vampire whose suicidal urges, a result of the apathy in the world, have prompted her to find someone who will help her die. Part poem, rock opera, a Brechtian play -- this is not a traditional horror/vampire genre film as there is no exploitive nudity or violence. The horror is symbolic and representative of the world's spiritual paralysis. This is a cubistic portrait of a woman trying to come to terms with the perennial problems of racism, misogyny, apathy, and the startling lack of consciousness in the world. Throughout her spiritual journey, we see various chapters and aspects of her life as an activist, punk rocker, and cleaning woman. This film will be a meditation on colonization and lost love among the malaise of our times and will be highly experimental, formally, more akin to the work of Bill Gunn and Nicolas Roeg and will require extremely disciplined and intellectually adventurous participants."

Dennis is currently casting the rest of the film, with plans to shoot it this fall.

Trae Harris co-starred in the crowd-pleasing stoner comedy, alongside Amari Cheatom, which was written and directed by Shaka King, picked up for distribution by Phase 4 Films, after its Sundance 2013 premiere, and released in a limited theatrical run last fall.

The actress was most recently seen in an episode of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."

Stay tuned for further updates on "Octavia: 'Elegy for a Vampire (or Endless Shards of Jazz for a Brutal World)" - a project I'm excited about, given what I know of the filmmaker (as you will read in my May profile), and this particular story.

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