The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater released today

Filmed at locations throughout Valparaiso, Crown Point, and Chicago’s suburbs, The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater is produced by Binary Star Pictures, LLC.

It tells the tale of Ava Moriarty (Lorrisa Julianus), an Art History PhD dropout-turned-dominatrix. 

Director/Producer C.J. Julianus says, “We established Binary Star Pictures to tell the kinds of unique stories that we long to see. Like so manyfellow film geeks, we’re weary of remakes, tired scenarios, and the same characters seen a hundred times before.”

Julianus continued, “The world needs feel-good entertainment that tugs at your heart, tickles your brain, and gets you thinking, because discussing a movie after seeing it is half the fun! The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater stands as great entertainment on its own, but also has seriousness and depth, if you like to look for literary aspects in film. It’s more than a typical rom-com; we haveintrigue, art history, self-worth and forgiveness, underground fighting, mobsters, and a lost Baroquepainting (that gallery artistLorrisa painted for the film) all as part the central mystery of the movie.”

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Critics response:

“Lorrisa Julianus was a flat out beautiful choice to play the circumstance-laden, career-beleaguered, wanting to get away and start over Ava…Honestly, it’s a heartfelt, wholly bravado-filled, energetic performance Julianus gives us (plus a killer smile), and she’s a complete joy to watch both vamp it up and be vulnerable through the entire affair with engaging, purely entertaining poise.”  – One FilmFan

“As Ava, Lorrisa creates a fully developed character with depth. She knows precisely how to portray Ava like a movie star. She is what you’d expect from a strong lead in an action-thriller, who happens to be a woman. Ava is smart, intelligent, and has flaws…She’s independent and refuses to allow anyone to control her future, even a mob loan shark. Before you know it, she shows she can be vulnerable. Julianus runs the gamut of emotion, builds a believable character arc, and proves she can be a star in almost any other genre.” – Film Threat

Directed by C.J. Julianus, the film was written and edited by Lorrisa Julianus, with cinematography by John Wesley Norton and a score by Lisa Liu. Featuring Lorrisa Julianus, Mickey O’Sullivan, Shannon Brown, Cynda Williams, Robyn Coffin, Bonnie Morgan, Molly Morgan, John Mossman, Adam Christopher, Joette Waters, John LaFlamboy, Jax Turyna, Ruth Kaufman, David Lichty, Brian Barber, William Lee, Michael Kristula, and many more.

The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater is now available on Prime Video as part of the Prime Video Direct self-publishing service. 

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