Tressa Azarel Smallwood on Producing Book to Screen With The Available Wife | ABFF 2020 [Exclusive Interview]

The Available Wife
Tressa Azarel Smallwood produced The Available Wife

Tressa Azarel Smallwood sees the opportunity to adapt Carla Pennington’s The Available Wife on to the screen.

The story is when the world of Nicole Wright, a beautiful and successful music CEO, has her left crumble around her due to the collision of money, affairs, power, and lies. While having an affair with the sexy and rising artist, Kingston, she learns the hard way that looks can be deceiving, and his movies are as darks as the secret she keeps.

Smallwood adapted the novel into a feature narrative film. The film makes its premiere virtually at the American Black Film Festival starting today until August 30 at

Jamal Hill directed The Available Wife from Smallwood’s script. The stars included KJ Smith (Sistas, The Family Business), Terayle Hill (Step Up: High Water), Clifton Powell (Ray), and Roger Guenveur Smith (Dope).

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LRM Online exclusively spoke with producer and writer Tressa Azarel Smallwood for her original film The Available Wife being showcased at the American Black Film Festival.

Tressa has produced several award-winning movies, which have been adapted to film and television series for networks such as VicomCBS/BET, TV One, and Urban Movie Channel. Her film company, MegaMind Media, produces film adaptations and original television series and programming. In 2003, after publishing her first novel, she resigned from her teaching tenure in the Maryland school system to fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

Watch the exclusive interview below and let us know what you think. To watch The Available Wife, visit the American Black Film Festival’s web site at

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive

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