NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — 1091 Pictures has released the official trailer for Maya & Her Lover. The feature was nominated for the Fan Favorite Award following this year’s American Black Film Festival. The honor comes as writer/director Nicole Sylvester closes the year having screened her debut feature film at some of the most coveted festivals across the country. It will now bow for a digital release on December 7, 2021. Maya & Her Lover are available for pre-order HERE.
Maya & Her Lover offers a perspective on love and romance that is rarely told: the tale of a woman who daringly goes against everything she believes about love, in search and favor of herself. As Sylvester’s new feature opens, the eponymous lead character – played by Ashanti J’Aria – is a 39-year-old woman stifled by complicated memories of her overbearing father and on the verge of becoming a recluse, begins a sexual relationship with a much younger man who at the ripe age of 22 is unsuccessfully attempting to overcome his past. While he serves as the catalyst for Maya’s evolution, her love interest Kaseem (Shomari Love) is never quite the center of the story the way she is. As the title implies, this is squarely Maya’s story, something we don’t often see in Black romances. In that regard, Maya & Her Lover is a coming of age story of sorts, crafted for a generation in constant redefinition of the rules.
"Sharing ‘Maya & Her Lover‘ with the world is a dream come true. I’ve spent over a decade in the industry helping others achieve their dreams and this was the opportunity for me to realize my dream of directing. With a shoe-string budget, I was able to bring my own personal narrative to the screen. We gathered a great cast, crew and production team – who were all willing to support my vision by spending 12 long, hot days in Brooklyn to bring ‘Maya & Her Lover’ to life. It’s been a journey and this release feels like a celebration," said Nicole Sylvester.
"Nicole is the definition of a success story and her work ethic is evident in the quality of the projects she directs," said Greg Maurice, 1091 Pictures Director of Acquisitions. "As a former intern and assistant who has worked on several mainstream TV shows and films, she has put in the work to build her experience and vision. The result of her tenacity is the release of her first feature film, ‘Maya & Her Lover.’ Her film highlights the topic of love through the perspective of a Black woman, a narrative that is uncommon in most films. Though her film has been featured in several festivals, I’m confident this is only the beginning of Nicole’s success as a Director."
In addition to the ABFF, Maya & Her Lover has been selected and shown at the Pan-African Film Festival, the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival and the African Diaspora International Film Festival. The film was most recently screened at the Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
About 1091 Pictures
1091 Pictures is a modern distribution partner for independent film and series owners based in New York and Los Angeles, offering content licensing and delivery to over 100 destinations in over 100 countries. The company represents over 500 filmmakers and distributors and has amassed over 150 award nominations, including two Academy Award® nominations, an Emmy nomination, a Grammy Award for Best Music Film, and over a dozen Spirit Awards nominations. Leading the way in digital distribution, 1091 Pictures helps its clients navigate the streaming landscape, providing marketing resources and valuable insights through partnering with its parent company’s new technology platform in development, Streamwise. 1091 Pictures’ diverse slate of releases include NYT Critics Picks such as The Ghost of Peter Sellers and Grammy-Award Winner Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, riveting sports stories such as A Kid From Coney Island executive produced by Kevin Durant and featuring Stephon Marbury and Red Bull’s The Dawn Wall, audience favorites such as The Last Blockbuster, groundbreaking documentaries such as Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind and The Phenomenon, which reveal the latest intelligence on UFOs, and indie film hits such as Academy Award® Winner Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Spirit Awards-winner Christine, and the knockout comedy The Overnight starring Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling and Jason Schwartzman. 1091pictures.com
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