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'The Deep' will debut this weekend

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Marlet Hurst gets into character as Sandra Johnson for 'The Deep.'

Fairview actress Marlet Hurst will make her debut performance in a movie with this week's screening of "The Deep."

Hurst plays Sandra Johnson in what she calls the story of a mother's love and faith that help hold a family together.

"It has drama, suspense, sadness, fighting and everything you could possibly think of," Hurst says.

A longtime participant in Portland area community theater, Hurst has taken part in the "Who I Am: Celebrating Me" Black History Month production from the start with director Shalanda Sims.

Fellow "Who I Am" actor Eric Island, also an East County resident, is featured in the movie.

"The Deep" was written, directed and produced by Ghanian native Richmond Asamoah, a Concordia University student who moved to the United States two years ago.

Hurst and Eric Island, also a Fairview actor involved in both 'Who I Am, Celebrating Me' and 'The Deep.'

“I made this film in hopes that lives will be impacted,” Asamoah says on the film’s website, stating he wants the film to be "thought provoking, with the understanding that love is the foundation of life."

A red carpet premiere of “The Deep” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Moriarty Auditorium of Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus.

Asamoah produced the film along with Chidi Amajoyi. The duo and their entire cast will be present at the red carpet premiere. The movie is set to premiere in Ghana, Maryland and Chicago this winter.

The movie has a diverse cast from America, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Burundi and Brazil. The soundtrack of the movie also includes music from Ghana, America, Nigeria and Cameroon.

While the play contains religious themes, Hurst says the issues facing characters relate to people of all backgrounds.

The film's website says it touches on "sin, forgiveness, love, marriage and harnessing talent."

Hurst says she hopes audience members take away a message to "stay confident, stay strong and stay hopeful for a brighter day."

A special screening will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Portland International Church, 22 N.E. 80th Ave., Portland.

Tickets to both events are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. With the purchase of $30 VIP tickets, attendees will receive a copy of the DVD after its release. To learn more, visit www.themoviedeep.com/.

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