Yolonda Ross

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SUPPORTING FEMALE: Go for Sisters – “Fontayne”


Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew so close people said they could “go for sisters”, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer.

When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realizes she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney’s world without involving the police… and turns to her old friend. The pair enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before Rodney meets the same fate as his partners. Go for Sisters is as much a story of relationships as a story of crime.


A native of Omaha, Nebraska, YOLONDA ROSS made her feature film debut in the 2001 HBO feature Stranger Inside, which earned her awards, including an IFP Gotham Award. Her talents as an actor in film/television can be recognized in such projects as Denzel Washington’s The Antwone Fisher Story, Yelling to the Sky (Premiered in Berlin Film Festival, 2011), Law & Order, and David Mamet’s The Unit, in which Mr. Mamet wrote the part for her himself.

In 2008 she became a member of New York’s Labyrinth Theater Co., after making her stage debut in Unconditional at The Public Theater. She can currently be seen in HBO’s Treme, and in 2013 in the HBO/David Mamet Phil Spector biopic. The experience of playing Dana Lyndsey, a documentary filmmaker on Treme, led Yolonda to step behind the camera herself with her directorial debut, Breaking Night, which is currently in the festival circuit. In the meantime, the next project release for Ross is the film, Go for Sisters, by John Sayles.