Kimberly Norris Guerrero jumps into romantic comedy with both feet

New York, New York (ICC) January 2011

Actress Kimberly Norris Guerrero still gets recognized as Jerry's girlfriend in “The Cigar Store Indian” episode from the “Seinfeld” sitcom. This time, as a best friend, she turns an unwished wedding into an extravaganza in “Algonquin,” a romantic comedy for the box office, being produced by New Life Entertainment International.

Cast as a Pocahontas descendant mildly obsessed with playing the Powhatan princess in reenactments, Guerrero says, “‘Algonquin’ is like ‘Pride and Prejudice’ meets ‘Northern Exposure.’ How can I do anything but jump into this project with both feet!”

An ancestral marriage contract forces a reluctant bride, the best friend of Guerrero’s character, to marry a groom she loathes but has birthrights to the same untamed woods she must safeguard as successfully as her forefathers.

Of Colville, Salish-Kootenai, and Cherokee heritage, Guerrero speaks about wellness and the arts on reservations and in First Nation communities across the country. Still charged from a Wampanoag tribal youth summer gathering on Martha's Vineyard, she keeps an open ear to the next generation.

“That tribes have not only survived but are thriving on the East Coast where European colonization began is completely inspiring,” says Guerrero.  “‘Algonquin’ shines the light on one of these tribal communities and its rich culture in such an organic way that you hardly realize you're getting a history lesson.”

Four-time Emmy Award actress Michael Learned, best known as Olivia Walton in the  classic TV series “The Waltons” (1972-1981), has also attached to the project. The Gage Group represents both Guerrero and Learned.

Guerrero, married to music producer Johnny Guerrero, has appeared in the epic “Hidalgo” and co-starred in the award-winning “Naturally Native,” the first feature film financed and produced by Native Americans.  Besides “Seinfeld,” her primetime credits include “The Sopranos,” “Charmed,” “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Northern Exposure,” TV movies “Geronimo” and “Son of the Morning Star,” and more.

Written by Edna C. Brown, who is represented by Leo Media & Entertainment Group, “Algonquin” will be shot in Virginia that offers its first ever motion pictures tax credit to attract more film, television, and digital media productions.