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"Fleecing Led Zeppelin"
In 1973 someone stole $200,000 from Led Zeppelin. Forty years later, it's just turned up.
Sometime during their last sold-out concert at Madison Square
Garden in 1973, more than $200,000 was stolen from Led Zeppelin's safety
deposit box at the Drake Hotel. The money has never been found until
now. It's Led Zeppelin meets "Lock, Stock Two Smoking Barrels".
Jackie Maw Tolliver – Writer/Co-Producer (by way of New Zealand)
Jackie Maw Tolliver, (the 'Kiwi' in KiwiBrooklyn, the Production company
that she co-founded with her husband Gabriel) comes from the same
fertile land as fellow Kiwis' Peter Jackson, Jane Campion and Andrew
Niccol. She has since left New Zealand and the global boardrooms behind
and now lives and works in New York writing award-winning scripts for
Film and TV with grist for the mill garnered by a short astronaut career
and an even shorter motorsport career. Specializing in writing ripping
yarns within very short timeframes, Jackie's scripts crackle with
authenticity and pop with snappy dialogue.
Gabriel Tolliver – Director/Co-Writer/Co-Producer (by way of Cleveland, Ohio)
Hailing from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Gabriel's past work includes MTV
(most notably YO! MTV RAPS), VH1, Elektra Records, Current TV and Sesame
Street. He is a decorated Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom
(Afghanistan) where he served as a US Army video journalist(2007-2011)
with the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment out of Fort Bragg, NC.
Gabriel wrote and published a war-inspired book, Embrace The Suck: 366
Days of courage, strength, inspiration, wisdom. He is also the author of
BLING: THE HIP-HOP JEWELRY BOOK (written with Internet personality
Reggie Osse/Combat Jack) that was published by Bloomsbury Press.
Gabriel’s passion is creating content/programming across media platforms
and diverse worlds as a self-described, “creative mothership".
O. Valerie Nicolas – Producer (by way of Brooklyn, NY )
A passionate and intense producer, O. Valerie Nicolas is the Principal
of Ol’ Soul Pictures, Inc. A graduate of North Carolina State
University, Valerie has produced and directed The Jazz Kettle, an online
cooking show pilot that layers the art of cooking with music and was an
Associate Producer on The Tested, a feature film starring Aunjanue
Ellis and Armando Riesco. Currently, she is producing the Led
Zeppelin-inspired short film, Fleecing Led Zeppelin and a jazz-inspired
feature, The Life and Time of a Lady. When Valerie is not producing, she
is a freelance production accountant working on various television and
film projects such as the critical-acclaimed FX show, Louie, starring
Louis C.K, Win Win starring Paul Giamatti, Lifetime's Project Runway and
the Spike Lee-directed HBO pilot, Da Brick. Prior to becoming a
production accountant, she was an art department coordinator on the
Academy Award-winning film, Precious.
About the Production:
"We came across this gem of a story at a friend's party and decided
right then and there that this mystery needed to be resolved. If not
for the fans, then for lovers of rock n roll. We wrote a script, cast
some great actors and assembled a most talented crew. 'Fleecing Led
Zeppelin' is our take on a true story that's been sitting in the dusty
files of Rock n Roll history for 40 years. It's a short film that will
pay homage to Led Zeppelin and their fans, as well as everyone who just
likes good story." -- Gabriel Tolliver
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