“We both have a background in television and movies and especially enough the opportunity to work together,” said Mrs. Arnett.
She began working as a costume designer and soon made a name for herself as a host on Georgia Public Broadcasting and as a news anchor on 11 Alive.
Arnett, who got his start in New York and Hollywood with roles on “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” said although he enjoyed being cast on well-known television shows, he felt his real calling was to become a minister.
Most recently, the couple worked on a film by director Michael McClendon called “Stand Your Ground: A Cry for Justice.”
The film is inspired by author Jackie Carpenter’s account of her son Jason Veitch’s trial after he was charged with felony murder in Coweta County.
Arnett co-stars as defense lawyer Mitchell Kane and said the experience was different from any production he had worked on in the past.
“The cast and crew were great; there was no tension and no pressure. It was also interesting to be able to put my input in about the character I portrayed,” he said.
Mrs. Arnett had dual roles in the cast, as TV reporter Deaundria Keana Kelly, and in the crew, as a wardrobe stylist.
“My educational background is in fashion design and it was fun to change hats, so to speak, and become a stylist for the film. I bought and designed clothes for the characters including my husband’s character. It was both interesting and strange to see the man I know and love portraying someone else,” she said.
Now, the couple said, they are excited for Friday’s release of the film in select metro Atlanta theaters.
“I liked that this story brought people together and is very relevant to what is happening today. The film shows that the Stand Your Ground law is needed to protect victims of crimes that are being threatened physically, but it also suggests problems when people abuse the law,” Arnett said.
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