Miss New Jersey USA Emily Shah in her debut film Fortune Defies Death
Emily Shah, an Indian-American and the youngest contestant, was crowned 2014 Miss New Jersey USA. The beauty queen's debut feature Fortune Defies Death will premiere on Feb 27, 2018 in Regal Cinemas/LA Live in Hollywood.
[ClickPress, Mon Feb 26 2018] Starring as Mona in the film, Emily is an Iranian-American young woman whose life has been tragically portrayed as an abandoned child, a rebellious teen and a young mother until she disappears one day.
The film also stars Julie R. Ølgaard (Headhunters 2011, Nominated for BAFTA Film Award) and talented newcomer Shelby Lyon, (Pas à vendre 2014, Burbank International Film Festival winner). The ensemble cast includes up and coming actors such as Mike Maolucci who recently appeared on the popular TV shows Criminal Minds and NCIS.
Fortune Defies Death, directed by Jennifer Hulum and produced by Surround Idea, recently signed a distribution deal with New Films International. The seasoned company has distributed Oscar nominees such as Life Is Beautiful (1997), Chocolat (2000), The Patriot (starring Mel Gibson, 2000), Ridley Scott’s Hannibal (Starring Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, 2001) and Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (starring Benicio Del Toro, 2000)
This fresh throwback to the tradition of Agatha Christie’s whodunits brings nine heirs to a remote cabin to hear the last will and testament of George Woods on the tenth anniversary of his death. But before anyone can stake a claim to the Woods’ fortune, each must survive the family attorney's investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Woods' adopted daughter. As the investigation unfolds, family members turn on each other and murder is the weapon of choice.
As Fortune Defies Death hits the big screen, producer Howard Lum is moving forward with the next project, a thriller tentatively titled A Crime Novel. The film is expected to start production in early 2019.