When an ordinary guy takes a Swing Dance class to impress an extraordinary girl, he becomes “Big Town” the flavor of the month and is forced to choose between the dancing or two girls. – “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it.” Benjamin Bradley moves from the Midwest to Los Angeles to make good in the big town. During his first week in L.A., Ben meets a vixen (Fate) and shy girl (Destiny). Begin the triangle. Fate is a fantastic dancer in the underground scene, but a lame person. Destiny is a great person, but a mediocre dancer. Who should he choose? Written by a Swing Dancer who once graced President Bill Clinton with the Lindyhop, BIG TOWN is a Romantic Comedy with the heart of STRICTLY BALLROOM and the flash of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Rather than being a story with dancing taking the backseat, BIG TOWN is a screenplay written by a dancer, for dancers, where the dancing is the focus, and the story evolves organically from the dancing.
Inspired by a true story, HEAD OF THE CREEK embodies the essence of a Shakespearian Tragedy. When a brilliant bumpkin embarks upon lurid quest, his prize becomes his punishment. – “This above all: to thine own self be true…” (William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act I, Scene 3) Louis Wilson is a hayseed born with the aptitude of a Nobel Laureate. At the age of 8, someway, somehow Little Louis has it all figured out. He gets it. For some of us it takes our entire lives to get it. Others never get it. Louis got it, and maybe you’ll get it, too. His goal is simple – take an early retirement and live out by the old creek. But Louis quickly learns what most of us already know – the simplest things in life are often the most complex and impossible to accomplish. HEAD OF THE CREEK is a gritty, glimpse of Louis’s simple goal that becomes a 30-year Machiavellian quest for Nirvana. – “He had everything it took to live right, but he chose to live wrong.”
Set in Harlem’s 1940’s Savoy Ballroom, Alex Washington is a gifted Lindy Hop Swing Dancer, who dreams of being the next “King of Swing”. In the vein of the Hollywood film classic “All About Eve”, Alex challenges his Swing mentor. Juxtaposed against real life events and figures, Swingout is an unabashed fictionalized tale of desire and ambition, as Alex juggles the hot coals of the affairs of his heart, ego, family and friends.
BLACK MAMBO is a sizzling hot, highly stylized, gritty crime story placed within the miry landscape of the Los Angeles underground crime world. When Police Detective Will Biggs and his crew attempt to infiltrate Black Mambo’s counterfeit crime syndicate, Will’s team gets made and all hell breaks loose.
An alcoholic police detective wrestles with his faith in order to solve the murder of a transformed prostitute. Set amongst the urban decay and unfettered angst of Los Angeles, Police Detective John Smith battles alcoholism and cynicism. Going about his daily routine, initially John remains complacent over a seemingly ordinary prostitute murder. But when John’s intuition awakens, he experiences revealing visions about the victim and her murder. John must conquer his vices and overcome his skepticism to embrace intuition, question the unusual suspects, and allow his visions to illuminate the truth. A smartly written, modern day, faith-based screenplay with a “surprise” ending, THE 23RD PSALM ushers in a new generation of urban transcendental cinema. Blending the structure and character relationships of Akira Kurosawa’s RASHÔMON and Orson Welles CITIZEN KANE, THE 23RD PSALM is an evolved exegesis of the human psyche and the nature of man.
SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT: A NARRATIVE CASE STUDY examines Spike Lee’s 1986 breakout film. Within the arena of Narrative Studies Criticism, the case study examines the primary character introductions and a determination of the narrative’s fabula and syuzhet.