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Thick Redefines the Look of a Crime Boss

Tia Dae plays lead character, Theresa James, in Thick

Lesbian film premieres at the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza

In the mostly male-dominated crime world, one independent film seeks to redefine the typical crime boss archetype. Thick focuses on the storyline of a lesbian lead character who, after being hit hard by the recent economic recession, turns to illegal dealings out of her apartment complex to make ends meet.

“Everyone always thinks that if you’re in this [lesbian] community, your life is glitter and glam, but they don’t really understand that we just live like everyone else,” says Cheryl Brown, co-writer and co-director of the film.

Armed with an “ass-kicking lesbian assassin” and her wife at her side, the plot thickens for this female lead as the men in her life work relentlessly to bring her and her illegal empire to ruin.

With three strong lesbian female leads, audience members are assured that this is not your typical crime boss film. Throughout the film, audience members are captivated as they first root for, then question, the decisions and motivations of these three women.

“We wanted to show that these are just real people with real circumstances who will do whatever they need to do to provide,” says Brown.

Thick is set to close out the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza on October 17 at 7 p.m. at the West End Cinema. Tickets are $12.