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J.A. STEEL BIO & INFO

THE THIRD SOCIETY
 
83:00 TRT
Narrative, Action-Adventure
Transcending Barriers, Female-Oriented
OK Premiere
 
J.A. STEEL
Writer, Producer, Director, Editor, Stunt Coordinator, Grip Truck Driver
John A. Ruffner III-Executive Producer
Jacquelyn A. Ruffer-Produer
Frederick W. Mercer-Co-Producer
Jay Anthony Jones & Philip M. Cross-Cinematographers
Andrew Schrader-Co-Editor
WARRIOR ENTERTAINMENT/HUBBLE PRODUCTIONS
Sherman Oaks, CA
 
KEY ACTORS: JA STEEL, RUSSELL VAN BROWN, BENNY TJANDRA, SONYA EDY
 
A female cop has 24 hours to save her sister from the Asian Mafia.
 
THE THIRD SOCIETY MUSIC VIDEO
 
Featuring: "It Doesn't Matter Anyway" and "It's a Beautiful Day"
U.S. Premiere
 
KEY ACTORS: EMILY O'NEARY, JAMES HENRIQUES, ROBERT CRANE, RODNEY PINO, BETSY SNYDER

SYNOPSIS
 
Twenty-five years ago, an Asian drug lord known as Dragon (Moritaka Yoshida) murdered a woman named Janine Reynolds in front of her children.  American officials took in the orphan kids, assigned them new identities, and placed them in the Witness Protection Program.
 
Now, one of those orphans known as JONES has been doing some work with the police.  She has just busted a billion dollar heroin operation run by none other than her old nemesis, Dragon (by Khin-Kyaw Maung, Alien Nation: Dark Horizon), seizing both the drugs and the money.  Dragon wants his cash back, and one way or another, he plans to collect.

To that end, his henchmen kidnap Jones' sister Erica (Shannon Clay), a banker who has the access codes needed to reclaim the money seized from Dragon't frozen accounts.
 
Now Jones has only 24 hours to find her sister before the transfer goes through and Dragon has no reason to keep his hostage alive...

FILMMAKER BIO
 
JACQUELYN A. RUFFNER AKA J.A. STEEL's career began at the age of 18 when she began managing bands and promoting rock shows, during the time she was attending the prestigious USC Film School on a partial scholarship.  After failing practical filmmaking, and refusing to retake the directing/editing class over, she transferred to Anthropology and graduated form USC in 1992 with a Degree in Social Science and Communications.  Shortly after graduating, she accepted a job as a production assistant for martial arts action star Sho Kosugi (REVENGE OF THE NINJA, BLACK EAGLE)  Sho immediately recognized Jacque's natural film sensibilities and promoted her to Vice-President Development within ix months.
 
In early 1993, Jaque left Sho Productions to start her own company, Warrior Entertainment.  The company's main focus was on music management and in 1995, Jacque negotiated the first contract ever between an American Artist, SASHA ALEXEEV, and Chinese Record Company, ROCK RECORDS.  Sasha's WINTERTALES album was released in 1996, just as the Asian economy was on the verge of collapse.  Record sales were slow and Jacque decided to no longer be involved with music or the entertainment industry.
 
During her two-year hiatus, Jacque traveled extensively in Asia and even lived for a brief time in Singapore.  Upon her return to the United States, she re-entered the entertainment industry and began planning her first feature from a screenplay that she had written in 1996.  The screenplay, entitled TRIAD, was about an ex-motocycle racer turned cop Cody Reynolds and his Asian partner, Michael Li.  Cody's love interest in the film was a vice-detective by the name of Sanchez.
 
Jacque sent out the script, but development executives claimed it was "too ethnic."  Sanchez became Jones.  The executives were still not satisfied and wanted even more changes.  In protest, Jacque got rid of Cody's character completely and changed the LAPD police captain from the 50-year-old male stereotype to an African-American woman.  Jones then becae the main character, the film title changed, an THE THIRD SOCIETY was born.
 
Jacque turned down several offers to buy the script_-everyone wanted to take away the ethnic diversity present in the film and replace Jones with a male lead.  Fighting for her script, Jacque reached into her own pockets and financed about 85% fo the film.  Jacque found herself both in front of and behind the camera writing, directing, producing, editing and starring in the film.  Her decision to "do it all" was due to a lack of others in those positions who shared her vision.  She adopted the name JA Steel to direct, write and edit under.  The "Jones" character in the final cut of THE THIRD SOCIETY went uncredited, as Jacque never originally intended to play the "Jones" character.
 
In real life, Jacque could indeed be Jones.  She races motorcycles, competes in Muay Thai kickboxing, and holds 22 marksmanship awards with various weapons. Her acting began at age 7 when she appeared in numerous school plays (most which she had written) and continued until she received a scholarship of a summer theatre program at the age of 14.  During the program, she explored the depths of her writing talents urther and decided to dedicate her time to writing.  Two years in Army ROTC during Jacque's college years provided the mental toughness for the Jones character.  Jacque's "can do" attitude proves she is a true woman of the millennium to usher in a new realm of women's filmmaking.

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