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True Blood’s Tanya Wright Film “Butterfly Rising” Premiere

True Blood’s  Tanya Wright held her film’s movie premiere at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival on Saturday May 7, 2011.  Her film “Butterfly Rising” is based on the book that Ms. Wright wrote. The book was a major accomplishment for the talented actress who proved that not only can she act but can also write! The film synopsis :

When her brother dies, singer Lilah Belle sets out to escape her grief and embarks on a road trip, but not before coaxing the new-to-town, most scandalous woman in Artesia—Rose Johnson—to go with her. These two broken souls steal a vintage truck and head out on the open road to a fated encounter with the mythical, magical ‘Lazarus of the Butterflies.’ What occurs with the strange Butterfly Man transforms their destinies and binds the women together—forever…

The photos in the gallery are from the film premiere held at the LHAFF this past weekend. She looks beautiful and yes very very happy to finally have the film out there for all the fans to enjoy. The book was a moving an touching story for me to read and I know I can’t wait to see the film. It seems like yesterday when I had the chance to chat with Ms. Wright and she spoke about the book and how it was being made into a film (that she was directing). I am so happy for her now that the film is done and out for the public to enjoy. I hope that the film will have a wide release and can’t wait to see it for myself.

Here is a link to the film’s website: Butterfly Rising Movie

 

True Blood’s Tanya Wright Talks Butterfly Rising

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True Blood’s Tanya Wright spoke with Cyrus Webb on his blogtalkradio  program “Conversations Live” on 4/22/11. She chats about the upcoming film based on the book she wrote: “Butterfly Rising”. She also chats about being on True Blood and her acting career. The film is due out soon! Can’t wait to have the chance to finally see it.

The audio may be heard below:

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Tanya Wright NYC Book Signing Photos and Upcoming Event at Howard

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True Blood fans in New York City had an amazing night with  True Blood’s Tanya Wright on 4/9/11. She was  at the Hue-Man Bookstore for a special book signing and movie preview for “Butterfly Rising”. My friend N.B. was able to attend and got a few photos of the event. It was a lot of fun for all in attendance!

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Now there is a chance for fans in the Washington D.C. area to meet Tanya and chat about her book “Butterfly Rising. Howard University will be hosting Tanya Wright on 4/19/11 for a book signing and discussion in their bookstore. Information: Howard University is located at 2400 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059

Location: Howard University Bookstore, 2nd Floor
Sponsor: Howard University Bookstore
Contact: Adrianne Mickens
E-Mail adrianne.mickens@howard.edu
202-238-2523

For those on twitter you can rsvp via twitter. Use this link: caltweet.com/jx0

Tanya Wright recurs in the role of “Kenya” on the popular HBO series, True Blood. A native of the Bronx, NY, she attended George School in Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College before working at the New York Times. After participating in the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival, she relocated to LA to pursue an acting career, quickly gaining momentum on the small screen with roles on critically acclaimed television shows like 24, NYPD BLUE, and ER. While in front of the camera, Tanya continued to write. She was a semi-finalist in AMPAS’ Nicholl Screenwriting Competition and a fellow at the Mark Taper Blacksmyth’s Playwriting Lab. Tanya is also the writer/creator of several screenplays, television shows, and web-based series. Butterfly Rising, the film of her screenplay, marks her directorial debut. She enjoys dance, yoga, mentoring, and playing fetch with her black Labrador, Macarena (like the dance!), who plays “Baby Girl” in the movie.

 

“Butterfly Rising” Film to be Featured at Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

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The film “Butterfly Rising” will be featured at the Langston Hughes African Film Festival. The movie was written and directed by Tanya Wright, who is known to fans worldwide through her recurring role as the saucy, outspoken Deputy Kenya Jones on HBO’s hit series “True Blood” .

Two broken souls steal a vintage truck and head out on the open road to a fated encounter with the mythical, magical ‘Lazarus of the Butterflies.’  When her brother dies, singer Lilah Belle sets out to escape her grief and embarks on a road trip, but not before coaxing the new-to-town, most scandalous woman in Artesia—Rose Johnson—to go with her.What occurs with the strange Butterfly Man transforms their destinies and binds the women together—forever…

As a special gift to all advance ticket purchasers, Ms Wright will be on hand to provide a free autographed copy of the book “Butterfly Rising” that follows Lilah Belle and Rose through 40 years of their lives.

DATE: Sunday, May 8

TIME:  6pm  Reception & Post Screening Discussion
Quincy Jones Theater, Garfield High School, Seattle Washington
Tickets $20 | On Sale Soon

Watch the trailer

SOURCE: Langston Hughes FilmFest

Butterfly Rising Book Signing & Preview with Tanya Wright

True Blood fans in New York City will have an amazing chance to see True Blood’s Tanya Wright on 4/9/11. She will be at the Hue-Man Bookstore for a special book signing and movie preview for “Butterfly Rising”. I just received an e-vite from Ms. Wright and since I can’t go I want to make sure any and all fans in the area can get out there. The invite above has the address but here is the website with additional information: Hue-Man Bookstore link for signing

Here is the information from Tanya on the event:

You are cordially invited to attend the NYC debut book signing/screening for Tanya Wright (Deputy Kenya Jones from HBO’s TRUE BLOOD) and her book/movie BUTTERFLY RISING!

BUTTERFLY RISING is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a grief-stricken singer (Lilah Belle) and the town seductress (Rose Johnson) who take a road trip to meet the mythical Lazarus of the Butterflies that changes their lives…forever.

Come help me celebrate my return to my hometown of NYC, where I’LL SCREEN SELECT SCENES from BUTTERFLY RISING THE MOVIE for the FIRST TIME!!!

‘one of the five finest debut novels of 2010’
–Brooklyn Book Festival

‘…if Wright’s goal was to have you close her book wanting more of the emotional roller-coaster ride you experienced through the 27 well written chapters, she has succeeded.’
— The Baltimore Times

Tanya Wright recurs in the role of “Kenya” on the popular HBO series, True Blood. A native of the Bronx, NY, she attended George School in Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College before working at the New York Times. After participating in the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival, she relocated to LA to pursue an acting career, quickly gaining momentum on the small screen with roles on critically acclaimed television shows like 24, NYPD BLUE, and ER. While in front of the camera, Tanya continued to write. She was a semi-finalist in AMPAS’ Nicholl Screenwriting Competition and a fellow at the Mark Taper Blacksmyth’s Playwriting Lab. Tanya is also the writer/creator of several screenplays, television shows, and web-based series. Butterfly Rising, the film of her screenplay, marks her directorial debut. She enjoys dance, yoga, mentoring, and playing fetch with her black Labrador, Macarena (like the dance!), who plays “Baby Girl” in the movie.

Light food, drinks will be served.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS! ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

XO T:)

***if you’re not in NY, please feel free to share this invite with someone who is!***
Sounds like it will be a lot of fun!

‘True Blood’ actress kicks off ESU Women’s History Month events | PoconoRecord.com

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Tanya Wright will help kick off East Stroudsburg University Women’s History Month. The series of events are open to the public at no cost unless otherwise noted. the following is an excerpt from the ESU website:

Women’s History Month speakers feature Tanya Wright, a cast member of “True Blood,” on Tuesday and Carolyn Carter-Kennedy, a well-known model, educator, health advocate and aspiring writer, on March 22. Both presentations will be open to the public at no cost from 4 to 6 p.m. in Beers Lecture Hall, on the front circle of campus.

 

An actress, writer and director, Wright will speak about her journey as a black woman in Hollywood and the need to be creative, and to learn how to develop opportunities as an artist. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., she plays Deputy Kenya Jones in HBO’s hit “True Blood,” but her acting career spans more than 20 years and includes roles on TV shows including “E.R.,” “The Handler” and “NYPD Blue.” She has performed in a diverse array of theater productions and made her feature film debut in the urban comedy “The Brothers.” She has just published a book, “Butterfly Rising,” a story inspired by her own experiences with personal tragedy and transformation, and wrote, directed and produced the screen version of the book that will soon make its way on the independent film festival circuit. Wright attended George School in Pennsylvania, a Quaker boarding school, on scholarships. She completed an independent/writing major at Vassar College.

SOURCE: True Blood’ actress kicks off ESU Women’s History Month events | PoconoRecord.com.

 

Dream Made Real Contest

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Butterfly Rising is holding a “dream made real” contest on Facebook. Tanya Wright, the lovely deputy “Kenya Jones” on True Blood posted the following note on the Butterfly Rising page:

I had a dream of writing a book and movie–Butterfly Rising. As you know, the book is available now and I am currently preparing the movie to make its way onto the film festival circuit this summer (YAY!). There were many, many people who were instrumental in helping me make my dream come true. No one– and I mean no one– makes a dram come true alone. No one.

I’d like to help you make YOUR CREATIVE DREAM come true.

Rose and Lilah Belle– the two women from –BUTTERFLY RISING– leave their tiny town, steal a vintage truck and set out on the open road to meet the mystical Lazarus of the Butterflies, a legend who can help “heal you and make your dreams come true.” Dreams are clearly a recurring theme in my life. I am a firm believer that DREAMS CAN AND SHOULD BE MADE REAL—they don’t have to be these ‘out there,’ ethereal things you only daydream about when you find yourself with an extra few minutes during your busy day. And they can earn you money, too. You CAN make them your job and not just your hobby! Fancy that! Ha!

Do you have a creative dream you’ve been dying to make real but just haven’t been able to for—whatever reason? The winner of the contest (which will be chosen by the community based on the number of ‘likes’ your dream gets) will have a private, one-hour consultation– with me– to strategize on how to MAKE YOUR DREAM REAL (I’ll also thrown in an autographed copy of BUTTERFLY RISING to the lucky winner)!  I discovered I LOVE giving things away for free:)

Now, I’ll warn you. I’ll help you strategize, but MAKING DREAMS REAL takes A LOT OF HARD WORK BY THE DREAMER. Are you willing to work hard? Identify what motivates you to STAY FOCUSED. Are you willing to sacrifice creature comforts for an indefinite amount of time? MAKING DREAMS REAL is like having a new year’s resolution: lots of folks have good intentions to, say, lose 20 pounds on January 1, but when March 3 rolls around, are they still on the treadmill? Most of ’em ain’t, sorry to say, and thus the dream is never made real.

Hope to see your dream on the wall!!!! Just post it here!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Butterfly-Rising/166995178653

Tanya 🙂

CONTEST ENDS AND THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY, MARCH 15!!!

SOURCE: Butterfly Rising NOTES

A HUGE thank you to Tanya for holding this amazing contest! So get over there and POST YOUR DREAM! As she says above-making your dream come true will be HARD WORK but oh so very worth it in the end! Good luck to all who enter (hmm working on an idea for my dream! but Tanya already helped me make one of mine come true when I attended Season 3 premiere as her guest last June!! For that I am eternally grateful!)

To enter the contest please write your “dream” on the  Butterfly Rising Facebook Wall here: Good luck! And how cool is Tanya for doing this!

 

Author Talk to Feature True Blood’s Tanya Wright

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True Blood’s deputy “Kenya Jones” portrayed by Tanya Wright will appear at the Brooklyn Public Library on 2/10/11 at 7 pm.  Tanya will be discussing her book “Butterfly Rising”

Amazon’s description of the book: Lilah Belle has always been a trifle odd to folks in her tiny town of Lucasville; a “singer who didn’t sing no more,” Lilah is prone to dancing in the streets, dressing outlandishly and weaving fantastic stories. But when her beloved brother dies suddenly, Lilah’s grief sends her into a topsy turvy tailspin. Desperate to escape her painful new reality, she hits the road with the unlikeliest of travelling companions: Rose Johnson, a newcomer whose scandalous behavior in the small, sleepy town has branded her a scarlet woman. Anxious to escape their bleak realities, the women strike out in a stolen vintage pickup truck, barreling toward a fated encounter with the mythical, magical Lazarus of the Butterflies. Legend has it that Lazarus can “heal you and make your dreams come true.” The adventure that unfolds will transform their destinies, binding Lilah and Rose together forever. Richly evocative, Butterfly Rising is a timeless tale of friendship and courage, etched with pain and joy.

So if you are in the Brooklyn area don’t forget to stop by and attend what will be an amazing night.

The link below has a video of “Butterfly Rising”.

Butterfly Rising

SOURCE: Brooklyn Public Library

Tanya Wright Will Appear at Literary Tea

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True Blood’s deputy “Kenya Jones” portrayed by Tanya Wright will appear at the 13th Annual African-American Writer’s and Literary Tea on January 17, 2010. Tanya will be discussing her book “Butterfly Rising”

Amazon’s description of the book: Lilah Belle has always been a trifle odd to folks in her tiny town of Lucasville; a “singer who didn’t sing no more,” Lilah is prone to dancing in the streets, dressing outlandishly and weaving fantastic stories. But when her beloved brother dies suddenly, Lilah’s grief sends her into a topsy turvy tailspin. Desperate to escape her painful new reality, she hits the road with the unlikeliest of travelling companions: Rose Johnson, a newcomer whose scandalous behavior in the small, sleepy town has branded her a scarlet woman. Anxious to escape their bleak realities, the women strike out in a stolen vintage pickup truck, barreling toward a fated encounter with the mythical, magical Lazarus of the Butterflies. Legend has it that Lazarus can “heal you and make your dreams come true.” The adventure that unfolds will transform their destinies, binding Lilah and Rose together forever. Richly evocative, Butterfly Rising is a timeless tale of friendship and courage, etched with pain and joy.

Ms. Wright will also make her directorial debut with the film version of her book. If you are in the Westchester area don’t forget to make your reservation to attend what will be an amazing tea.

The link below has a video of “Butterfly Rising”.

Butterfly Rising

SOURCE: Westchester Library