'Revenge's Grace Fulton to Star in JOURNEY TO ABADDON
Teenage actress Grace Fulton of the ABC series "Revenge" stars in the medieval fantasy-themed "Journey to Abaddon" premiering at the Cannes International Film Festival this month.
"I always been drawn to any period piece that's whimsical and (producer/director) Sheila Hart really wanted to create that kind of film," Fulton said.
"The role was more demanding than just saying the lines. It was about having an accent and the fun costuming of a different era."
"Journey to Abaddon" is set to premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival which runs from May 14 to 25. It tells a story set in the Dark Ages where a young woman named Willow learns her family is not really her own and then goes on a quest to find out her true heritage. Fulton stars as Willow, opposite newcomer Dallas Hart and actress Rose Pritchard ("The App").
"Grace did a wonderful job with her character. Willow is every woman. Because EVERY woman has a destiny purpose beyond what she can imagine. Every woman has the potential to join in the epic adventure to save the world," said Sheila Hart, who also wrote the screenplay.
"'Journey to Abaddon' begs to answer the age-old questions women have asked themselves throughout the centuries: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?"
At 17, Fulton is already an accomplished actress with a recurring role in the ABC hit drama "Revenge," where she played a younger version of star Madeleine Stowe, who plays Victoria in the series. She has also appeared in "Bones," "Ghost Whisperer," "JAG" "That's Life," and films such as "Back When Were Grownups," "Our First Christmas," and others.
"I left acting for a little while to pursue a career in dancing and ballet which had been my dream. So 'Revenge' was the perfect place for my return to acting. Everyone was really great to me," she said.
"That's why I loved working on this film. Everyone worked so hard and you felt part of the team. I had to wear this period dress that had to weigh at least 5 pounds with all these pleats, panels and a huge slip underneath that made it weigh even more, but it was fun. I had a great time."
"Journey to Abaddon" is a prelude to a full-length motion picture Hart is planning for next year where Willow's character is further revealed along with her past and the nature of her journey.
"Through the larger story of 'Journey to Abaddon,' I am calling women, young and old all over the world to rise up into the greatness woven into their DNA and become the heroes they were destined to be," Hart said.
"With this film, I am also calling for the entertainment industry to involve more women as directors, producers and lead actors."
According to the non-profit organization Women Make Movies (WMM), in 2012, women made up just 18 percent of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on the top 250 highest grossing films in the U.S. or just 1 percentage point higher than in 1998.
Moreover, women accounted for 9 percent of directors working on the top 250 grossing films in the U.S. while women accounted for just 15 percent of the writers, 17 percent of executive producers, 20 percent of editors, 4 percent of cinematographers, and 25 percent of producers working on the top 250 grossing films in the country in 2011, according to WMM.
"I truly hope to start a revolution of sorts with this film and its overall message to women," Hart said.
"Cannes is the focus of the motion picture industry for nearly two weeks and it's ideally a great place to start raising awareness of this issue."
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