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Las Vegas Native Chrystee Pharris Stars In Interracial Body Swap Short Film 'The Takeover' on Valentine's Day

Published on Sun, Feb 10, 2013 (5:46 p.m.)


February 8, 2013

Las Vegas Native Chrystee Pharris to star in Short Film,


Best Friends Experience an Interracial Body Swap in Clever New Comedy from Rayven Choi Films

HOLLYWOOD, CA -Rayven Choi Films announced today the launch of their comical short film, The Takeover, which will make its world premiere debut on YouTube this Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14, at

The Takeover is the story of best friends Ashley, a Caucasian fashion designer, and Tisha, an African American comic book artist, who debate the difficulty of dating; each arguing that the other has it easier. After help from a friend and his potent espresso, the ladies trade places and experience the dating scene in each other’s shoes for 24 hours. This hilarious short film presents an inventive story with a fresh young cast, great music, and plenty of laughs, while posing the question: Is the grass always greener on the other side?

About the Cast

Main character Tisha is played by Chrystee Pharris, who starred in NBC’s Passions and Scrubs. The role of Ashley is played by Lindsey Santefort, an Orange County native and classically trained dancer, who has appeared on All My Children as well as the ABC hit series, Castle. The role of Garrett is played by Brooklynite Mykee Selkin, who has appeared on the Fox series, House as well as All My Children. Rounding out the cast, in the role of Yoshi, is San Francisco native and rising star Ruben Vernier.

About Rayven Choi Films

Rayven Choi Films was established in 2008 by screenwriter/producer Shequeta L. Smith, who began her career in entertainment as a College Representative for Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella Records. Since then, Smith has written numerous screenplays and worked on such hits as Everybody Hates Chris and Flavor of Love. Based in Los Angeles, Rayven Choi Films seeks to produce fun, smart, high-concept film projects. Currently, the company is prepping its first feature film, Rock The Mic, with Teyana Taylor (Madea’s Big Happy Family) and Romeo Miller (Jumping the Broom), attached to star.

About the Music

The soundtrack to The Takeover plays an integral role in the film and includes music from: Grammy winner and member of Maroon 5, PJ Morton; songwriter for artists such as Chris Brown, Monica and El Debarge, India Shawn; Irish/German folk band The Eskies; pop artist Sienna Spalding and soul artist Mishal Moore.

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