Vision Films and T-Cat Films are proud to present “Created Equal“, the fascinating and compelling story of the fight for equality against all odds. Director, Bill Duke’s (Sister Act 2) film presents a thought-provoking proposition about faith and the current state of the world in regards to equality, representation and inclusion.
Starring Aaron Tveit ( Les Miserables, Grease Live! ), Edy Ganem ( Devious Maids, Like Crazy ), Lou Diamond Phillips ( Longmire , Young Guns ), Gregory Alan Williams ( Hidden Figures, Greenleaf) and Yohance Myles ( 2 Guns, This Is The End ), Created Equal is based on the novel by Roger A. Brown, which offers a voyeuristic view of the stained-glass ceiling that exists for women in the Catholic Church and other religious and non-religious organizations around the world.
Following a successful festival run where it picked up several awards including Best Feature Film (BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta, GA) and Best of the Festival (Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, Beverly Hills, CA), Created Equal has upcoming theatrical screening dates in New Orleans, New York City and Los Angeles, before being released on DVD and VOD on January 16.
Created Equal follows the story of Thomas “Tommy” Reilly (Aaron Tveit), a cocky, up-and-coming attorney, who
begrudgingly takes on a case for Sister Alejandra “Allie” Batista (Edy Ganem), who’s desperate to become a priest in the Catholic Church. Against his supervisor’s wishes, Tommy files suit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination without justifiable cause. As the trial unfolds an extremist concocts a plot to stop the heresy against the church. Tommy’s faith and convictions are tested, and as he’s challenged to question his purpose, he begins the transformation from a sexist, arrogant person to one who is committed to a mission larger than his own self-interests.
Producer, Thada Catalon believes that the intent of Created Equal is to spark a conversation worldwide as it explores the disparity between men and women holding the highest leadership positions within the church, as well as other positions that hold the greatest authority in the world.
“In today’s climate, it’s more important than ever that Hollywood make the types of films that help unite the country and encourage conversations around diversity, inclusion, sexism and gender equality,” says Catalon. “ Created Equal is fortunate to have a cast that represents nearly every ethnicity in our cultural mosaic while also championing a women’s rights cause.”
Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/ CEO of Vision Films says, “We are so proud to be releasing Created Equal, a film that takes a stance on the unspoken glass ceiling imposed in religion.”