The Glamorous Lie Documentary Debuts Around the Country at the Harlem Film Festival, Docufest Atlanta and Salt Lake City Film Festival

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The Glamorous Lie, feature length documentary (produced by 21 Yellow Tulips) chronicles one woman’s triumph over one man’s lie. The documentary makes a world premiere at the Harlem Film Festival – 9/20, Docufest Film Festival – 9/21 and at the Salt Lake Film Festival – 9/23.

The Glamorous Lie a YaVaughnie Wilkins' Story

The Glamorous Lie a YaVaughnie Wilkins' Story

I agreed to executive produce The Glamorous Lie because I wanted to tell my story in my own way. Media interviews alone would not have done my story justice, Wilkins explains.

The Glamorous Lie documentary, independently produced by 21 Yellow Tulips, makes a world premiere at Harlem Film Festival on Thursday, September 20, 7:00PM, Maysles Cinema. The very next day, on Friday, September 21, 5:00PM, screens at Docufest Atlanta at the Goat Farm Arts Center. The weekend closes with The Glamorous Lie screening at the 4th annual Salt Lake City Film Festival on Sunday, September 23, 7:00PM at the Tower Theater.

The Glamorous Lie documentary tells a story that would make for a fantastic fictional drama: high-placed boyfriend caught cheating; scorned girlfriend seeks very public acknowledgement. Billboards throughout the country showing a very literal picture of couple, with the message “you are my soul mate forever” posted larger than life over the streets of New York, Atlanta and Silicon Valley. But this was no fictional drama: it was, and it is, real.

The break-up of YaVaughnie Wilkins and Charles E. Phillips, Jr., onetime Oracle Corporation executive and former member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, played out in online media outlets, newspaper and television outlets around the world, but it was always played out as a story of the wrath of a woman scorned and the height to which she had gone to call out her cheating boyfriend. The story was a media gold mine and fodder for comedians who saw only humor in one woman’s heartache. But that was only part of the story.

Little was known about the woman behind the billboards, and less still about how far one man would go to cover up the truth about their relationship. Now, a feature documentary, The Glamorous Lie, tells Wilkins’ full account of the years leading up to and during the relationship, and the tumultuous aftermath of it. The film debuts the third week of September in the follow cities and theaters:

  •     Harlem Film Festival - September 20, 2012 @ 7PM, Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard, (between 127th and 128th Streets), New York, NY, 10027.
  •     Docufest Atlanta Film Festival – September 21, 2012 @ 5PM, the Rodriguez Room at the Goat Farm Arts Center 1200 Foster St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.
  •     Salt Lake City Film Festival – September 23, 2012 @ 7PM, the Tower Theatre 876 E. 9th South, Salt Lake City, UT.

The Glamorous Lie both sets up the drama of the relationship and follows Wilkins many months after the infamous billboard incident as she tries to move on with her life, starting her home products business ReJuvenescence and other businesses while she continues to struggle with her troubled past.

“I agreed to executive produce The Glamorous Lie because I wanted to tell my story in my own way. Media interviews alone would not have done my story justice,” Wilkins explains. “Immediately after the billboards went up, I began receiving media email inquiries. At first, it was funny. I mean, I was just a private citizen, and despite the fact Charles was a co-president of Oracle, he was extremely private so who would care, right? But, three hours after the first billboard went up in Times Square, a question was posted to Gawker: ‘Hey, is that the Charles Phillips that runs Oracle?’ All hell broke loose.”
The Glamorous Lie tells how one woman has overcome adversity and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to emerge from both the shadows of notoriety and years of struggle to find happiness and success as she steps into the future.

About 21 Yellow Tulips
21 Yellow Tulips independently produces feature-length documentary and narrative films and publishes original literary work. 21 Yellow Tulips strives to create and encourage the production of filmed entertainment and literary projects that have important life lessons to share with open-minded audiences. We embark on each project with the purpose of presenting a different perspective than that offered by conventional wisdom.

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