LOS ANGELES, CA –Actress Desreta Jackson, best known for her role as Young Celie in the 1985 Award-Winning film The Color Purple which featured celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover, has recently been cast as lead actress in the upcoming film Along the Dirt Road.
Along the Dirt Road tells the story of a family that is torn apart by betrayal and abandonment and infidelity living in a small Louisiana town during the 1960s. The film, which is based on the bestselling novel Sweet Lavender by author Terry a O’Neal, has been described as an “influential classic story”—a cross between August Wilson’s “Fences” and Langston Hughes’ “Not Without Laughter.”
Mrs. Jackson was thrilled to land one of the lead roles alongside 15-year-old Camryn Levert, the youngest daughter of the late R&B Grammy Award Winning singer Gerald Levert, who will be playing her daughter in the film.
The story is set in Louisiana, where filming is expected to begin in March 2014. Mrs. Jackson says that she is thrilled to be given the opportunity to star in this “time” piece and breathe life into her character.
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