Via Zoom: Lorrisa & C.J. Julianus for ‘The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater,’ on Oct. 30, 2020

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CHICAGO – The culmination of years in sweat and other equity on an independent feature film – slyly entitled “The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater” – has paid off for writer and lead actor Lorrisa Julianus and her husband/director Craig “C.J.” Julianus. The movie will make its debut and will be available for rental or purchase on Amazon Prime Video beginning Friday, October 30th, 2020.

The combination comedy, action and romance film … with a dominatrix character thrown in … is from the mind of Lorrisa Julianus, in a story she developed for over five years. She also portrays that dominatrix named Ava, who hates the nickname expressed in the title. Ava is really an Art History PhD candidate, who longs for the big find so she can finish her thesis. Enter Radovan (Mickey O’Sullivan), a Serbian expatriate who is also an Episcopalian priest. When Ava finds out that a mob loan is due, Radovan becomes a target for payback extortion, until sparks fly both in this assignment and romantically. Can two people with double lives ever come together in all of them?

Available October 30th, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video
Photo credit: Binary Star Pictures/Amazon Prime Video

Coordinating the production with Lorrisa and directing the film is C.J. Julianus, who previously had produced and directed live theater all over Chicago, after beginning his entertainment career as an actor. Lorrisa is an actor, writer and producer, who began as a playwright of historical works. She has been a performance capture actor in Warner Brothers game franchises, including “Mortal Kombat,” “The Lord of the Rings Online,” and “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.” Other credits include independent feature films, and guest roles on “Chicago P.D.” and “The Bold & the Beautiful.”

In Part One of an interview via Zoom with Patrick McDonald of, Lorrisa and C.J. Julianus talk about the origins of “The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater,” actor chemistry and director philosophy.

In Part Two, lessons on the dominatrix profession and the challenges of low budget filmmaking are discussed.

“The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater” premieres on Friday, October 30thth on Amazon Prime Video, for rental or purchase. Featuring Lorrisa Julianus, Mickey O’Sullivan, Shannon Brown, Molly Morgan, Cynda Williams and Bonnie Morgan. Written by Lorissa Julianus. Directed by C.J. Julianus. Not Rated. For more information and behind-the-scenes, the handle on Facebook and Instagram is @mistressmaneatermovie. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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