ABOUT...

A Summer in 1993 in Spanish Harlem finally reveals the secret past of Cuban-American cardiac nurse Negra Centron. A childhood secret torments the life and stifles the growth of a beautiful woman. The ancient religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, known as Regla de Ocha and Santeria in the Diaspora, is the engine behind this supernatural mystery thriller. This African-evolved religion, with its magic, is the backdrop for this tale of love, hate, deceit, betrayal, obsession, forgiveness, acceptance, and hope. Magic, ritual, and destiny are the threads unraveling this gripping, edgy, mystery/thriller.

Pressured by a suspicious mother, a strange bed-fellow, and an amorous co-worker, Negra battles to keep a childhood secret from unraveling while the African gods seek justice...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CAST MEMBERS GUEST ON AC LOWE SHOW

So much fun hanging with old friends Anthony Lofaso and Bill Russo on Anthony's radio show, "The AC Lowe Show", last night.  Cast members Tina Moore, who is cast to play the eccentric mom, "Millie Centron", in "A Wound in Time", and who recently made her stage debut in the last play of my trilogy, "Wild Child" in the role of the Afro-Chinese aunt from the Bahamas, "Aunt Muriel"; Stacey Griffin, who starred as the bourgis, "Clinton Williams", in the Off Broadway production and who will reprise the role in the film of "A Wound in Time"; and Jan Mizushima, who played the role of ,"Aunt Carol", in the last play of my trilogy, "Wild Child", joined me on the show.  Take a look at the pics!  You can listen to the show in archive at:AC LOWE SHOW 2/23 AT CITYWORLD RADIO


Bill Russo, Tina Moore, Jan Mizushima, Stacey Griffin and host with the most
Anthony Lofaso

Jan Mizushima, Stacey Griffin, and host Anthony Lofaso

Jan, Stacey, and Anthony

Tina, Jan, Stacey, and Anthony

Stephanie Lynn Wilson, Bill Russo, and Tina Moore

Schmoozin' with Stephanie Lynn Wilson (me), Bill and Tina

Me spillin' the beans as Bill gives a suspicious glance... LOL

Sound engineer Cee looks scared with host Anthony Lofaso


Bill and Jan

Thursday, February 5, 2015

WORKING HARD TO BRING ART TO THE SCREEN!

What a lovely day spending time with the DP of "A Wound in Time" working on the shot list, and then later meeting with some of the cast to hand out daily sides.  It was a long but productive and very pleasant day!
DP Nicola Raggi and I hard at work

Friday, January 30, 2015

A LITTLE SUMPTIN' TO WET YOUR WHISTLE

I have just added the synopsis on IMDb.  Click the link for juicy tidbits... THE SYNOPSIS

ANTHONY LOFASO JOINS THE CAST!

So happy to announce that good friend, and a lovely man Anthony Lofaso joins the cast in the role as onof Domenic Vico's crew members, "Moe".  
Anthony Lofas as "Moe"

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SENSUAL... SOULFUL... MUSIC...

My Facebook friend, the lovely Nina, is on this track.  I had no idea... MUCHO CALENTE!

AN EXAMPLE OF THE SENSUALITY THAT WILL BE SEEN ON THE SCREEN

There used to be such an intensity, and sensuality in the inner city of New York.  I experienced it growing up in the South Bronx and later living in Spanish Harlem.  Among the grit and gloom there was joy, beauty, and sensuality...  It is my ultimate goal to capture it and share it on the screen through the characters, the music, and the art of cinematography!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HE'S BACK!

So happy that Santi Rodriguez has agreed to come on board in the featured role as member of mob boss Domenic Vico's crew, "Santini".  He played a very convincing part in the role of wiseguy impresario "Sammy G" in play #2 of my trilogy, "Silk Stockings and a Bible", set in the Swing Era.  He's got that "boss" swag!  Welcome Santi!


Monday, January 26, 2015

SHOOT DAY 1 COMING UP!

Meeting next week with those cast members who have scenes coming up.  We'll discuss their characters and they'll have the scenes in enough time to memorize before we begin rehearsals.  If we begin filming before our fundraising Old Skool Bash we'll have footage to show our guests.  They'll be lots of cool scenes to make for a very hot trailer!
Spanish Harlem
Italian Harlem

Saturday, January 24, 2015

PRE-PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN!!!!!!!!!!

Cinematographer Nicola Raggi and I tediously went over the script of "A Wound in Time" and discussed the look of each scene.  It was a joy to have such a nice flow during the collaboration process.  We'll continue going through the script and then hit the streets to scout.  I'll be meeting with cast members who are scheduled for Shoot Day 1 to discuss their characters and give them their scenes.

Nico busy gettin' it done!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CAST MEMBER STACEY GRIFFIN TAKES ON PRODUCER ROLE

Cast member Stacey Griffin, who reprises his Off Broadway role as the bourgie "Clinton Williams" in "A Wound In Time", will also act as a Producer for the film.  He will plan fundraising events to help get this compelling story to the big screen PRONTO! Besides being a fabulous actor he has years of experience planning parties around the city.
Stacey Griffin as "Clinton Williams" and as a Producer

ROCK JONES TO ROCK AS "CHEE CHEE"!

Welcoming Rock Jones who will take on the role of the gay loquacious, fun loving, freelance photographer, fashionisto, and "take no mess" "Chee Chee" in "A Wound In Time".  Rock has numerous credits as a model, and actor of both stage and film.
Rock Jones as "take no mess" "Chee Chee"
Rock Jones

Monday, January 12, 2015

LOCATION FOR SHOOT DAY ONE LOCKED IN THE HEART OF EAST HARLEM!

Day One of the filming of "A Wound In Time" will involve 6 different scenes to be shot on location at Camaradas. This video clip shows the location... 
Just imagine the characters Tony Perez (Frankie Ramos), Bobby Vico (Evan Davis) and his wife Barbara (Michelle Lamelza) sipping drinks and enjoying themselves when the fiery, jealous Latina ticking time bomb and one of Tony's women, Lourdes (Irma Cadiz), walks in demanding his time.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

LOCATION FOUND FOR SHOOT DAY ONE!!!

So happy that the owner of  Camaradas bar/restaurant, Orlando Plaza, has agreed to allow his popular venue to be used to shoot scenes for "A Wound In Time".  It is a very cozy place with wood, textures, and lots of character right in the heart of Spanish Harlem... A cinematographer's dream!  Oh, and did I mention the food is to die for!!!!!!!!

Special thanks to Jesus-Papoleto Melendez for suggesting Camaradas as a great location to film, and to friend and cast member of my upcoming play, "Wild Child", Susan Yung, for suggesting Jesus!











Tuesday, January 6, 2015

THE PRODUCTION TEAM...

Stay tuned as more of the production team are introduced...  Nice to have nice folks to work with.  Makes for a better creation!

INTRODUCING... CINEMATOGRAHER NICOLA RAGGI

So happy to have Nicola Raggi on board!  We definitely seem to share a passion for the art of storytelling; be it through writing or the art through the art of cinematography. 

Originally from Italy, Nicola is an avid and creative Cinematographer. His own experience over the past years since 2004 has reaffirmed his talent and helped him to develop an unique ability to bring original solutions in the movie industry pictures.

In 2006 Nicola became co-founder of Loading Lab, a production company based in Siena, Italy. He is proud of his experience at the prestigious workshop for Photography and Television at IED in Venice with Luca Bigazzi in 2008. Between 2007 and 2010, he was teaching Video Production at Siena University, Italy.
In 2010, he won the Bernardo Bertolucci Scholarship to attend in 1 year Cinematography program at the New York Film Academy in New York City.
Currently living, studying and working in NYC, he is constantly involved in film production as Director of Photography and Film Editor.


Cinematographer Nicola Raggi
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Monday, December 22, 2014

FEATURED ROLES GALORE!!! WELCOME FELLAS!

There are lots of featured roles in the film version of "A Wound In Time".  I will be introducing many as the roles become filled.  There will also be a featured role or two offered as a prize in our 1990's Old Skool Bash!  Introducing...


Tom Caterina as Bobby V's brother East Harlem Wiseguy "Domenic Vico"

"G" as the " Harlem Cabby"

FILM! BUT WHERE ARE THE LABS?

It was not hard to be convinced by my Cinematographer to shoot, in the ever disappearing film medium, for the sake of artistic value.  For I am TOTALLY about creating a film that tells the story in an artistic way... A film that is remembered by its capture of textures, shadows, depth, and beauty.  Film provides the freedom for the camera to tell the story in a multitude of ways... Unfortunately, my research is showing the demise of film labs in the area.  We may have to resort to the cheaper, and simpler digital medium...  It will still be a memorable with with its complex characters, and intense story, and with the artistic genius of the DP it will still be beautiful to see.

EL BARRIO FLAVA!

I had a wonderful time uptown in Spanish Harlem Saturday given by the Caribbean Cultural Center for the launch of their new app. There was food and great entertainment that represented the soul and vibrancy of Old Skool Spanish Harlem.  I plan on capturing the excitement of both communities in East Harlem; Spanish and Italian.  Check out this video from the evening! Enjoy!
Los Plenaros de la 21 is the premier music group of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba & Plena music in the U.S. 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

MOVING RIGHT ALONG!

Yay! I beat the deadline I set for proofing and updating edits of the screenplay.  It is DONE!  I will send the SHOOT SCHEDULE for DAY ONE to the cast right after Christmas.  Going to scout and film locations this weekend after the rehearsal of the last play in my trilogy, "Wild Child".  I am also in the process of planning a big Old Skool Bash a la early 1990's! Stay tune...
 Old Skool Style...

Monday, December 15, 2014

SURPRISES ARE COMING!

Stay tuned for upcoming juicy announcements regarding cast and crew as we get closer, and closer to pre-production.  Shoot Schedule, Breakdown, Shot List all ready for ACTION!!!!!!!!

CHINA COLSTON OF STAGE AND FILM!

The lovely China L Colston, who takes over the lead role of Swing Era chorus girl "Fannie", in the full production of "Silk Stockings and a Bible", play #2 of my trilogy, also will be featured as the distraught mother "Mrs. Jimenez",in the supernatural mystery thriller indie feature, "A Wound In Time."
China Colston as Mrs. Jimenez in "A Wound In Time"

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

GRAZIE MILLE BILL RUSSO AND DELILAH LLOYD!!!

So appreciative of the ongoing support of the fabulous Bill Russo and Delilah Lloyed!  Grazie mille for their recent donation to the production of my feature film, "A Wound In Time", in which they are also slated to play the featured roles of "Dr. Russo" and "Nurse Dee", respectfully.  Bill is also a Co-Producer of the workshop production of two of the plays in my trilogy, "Women You Thought You Knew", in which he has a role in one of the plays titled, "The Grinder, as strip club owner "Lou".  Delilah is Co-Producer of  3rd play in the trilogy, "Wild Child".  She has also attended almost every one of my plays.  They both are truly Patrons of the Arts!
Bill Russo
Delilah Lloyd

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CHRISTINA LABOY MAKES FILM DEBUT AS "MARTA"!

Happy to announce Christina Laboy in the featured role of "Marta", the fun loving housekeeper of the wealthy Mrs. Isenstat.  Christina was one of the actors in the staged reading of the screenplay of , "A Wound In Time", back in 2010.  As promised, hoping to have many who have participated in the readings of the screenplay, and performances of the stage play to appear in cameos and featured background (where acceptable).
Christina Laboy as "Marta"

RALPH HOPKINS AS THE CHARMING CIGAR SMOKING CUBANO, RUBEN CENTRON!

Happy to announce the debonair Ralph Hopkins in the featured role of the cigar smoking Cubano, "Ruben Centron".  He is the husband of the eccentric "Millie" and the father of "Negra".  Millie describes his electric smile as "a big Chango smile"... It was the smile that won her heart.



The magnetic Ralph Hopkins as Ruben Centron

Monday, December 1, 2014

HEY T!!!

Wishing well the lovely T Valada-Viars, who played the cantankerous mother "Carlotta" in my play "The Grinder", and hoping she will be available to take on the role of the wealthy wife of a corporate big, "Mrs. Isenstat" of Sutton Place, who seeks the counsel of the Santeria priestess "Iya Carmen" concerning her husband's financial dealings.  Be well lady!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF "A WOUND IN TIME": FROM STAGE PLAY TO FEATURE FILM

It all started in the late 1980's when I was a resident playwright at the East Village's RAPP Arts.  There was a pool of talented and established actors who would partake in the readings of our scripts.  "A Wound In Time" had its first staged reading at Phebe's on the Bowery back then in which the fabulous actor Ella Joyce read the role of the Santeria priestess, "Iya Carmen".  She later went on to star on Broadway, have her own TV series "Roc", and film.  "A Wound In Time" later won a contest and another staged reading soon after.  But it would be almost 20 years before I would pick it up and revise it, by setting it in 1993, to make it relevant to the Supreme Court decision around freedom of religion.  I also simultaneously adapted it into a screenplay.  The screenplay became a semi-finalist and quarter-finalist in two international screenplay competitions in 2009 and 2010.  I can only wonder how it would have placed with the most recent and present edits to the script.

Here are some comments submitted from the readers of the 2009 "Back in the Box" competition where it showed as semi-finalist:

"Distinctive. The writer uses the Spanish Harlem dialect to good effect. No one on Earth talks the way these characters talk.  You immediately know you're not in Kansas anymore from the very first word. The words have an edge to them and a sense of vivid life in the brownstone tenements. It's very evocative. "

"The characters are certainly flavorful and spicy as the dialogue. Tony, Negra and even Millie and Carmen may have issues but they are never dull to listen to or visualize."

Here is the link to the results of that competition where "A Wound In Time" is listed as one of the semifinalists: 2009 BACK IN THE BOX SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

The screenplay "A Wound In Time" placed in the quarter-finals in the Fade In Awards:

In 2010 I directed and produced the stage play version at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe and received these comments from judges of the NYIT Awards:
Judge 1: "This was a long show 2 hours and 20 minutes.  It's hard to hold an audience for that long, but they did it.  It was a wonderful evening in the theatre and I'm delighted I the chance to see it.  I was especially glad to see such well written and acted women on stage.  The story was compelling, complex, funny and the characters rich."

Four years later the play later had a limited run Off Broadway, at the renowned St. Lukes Theatre, in the midst of the chaos that was Hurricane Sandy.  But with a cast of troupers and a grateful audience that filled the house the show ended on a wonderful note.

And now comes the film... Finally.



Friday, November 28, 2014

MOVING RIGHT ALONG!!!!!

I've been busy editing the script by changing some of the dialogue to visuals.  It is a very tricky thing to do with a mystery thriller as you don't want to edit out the clues, and intrigue that lead you to the surprising outcome.  With the precision of a surgeon, I hope to have edits completed in a few days.   

I am very excited to begin scouting for locations after the New Year with the Cinematographer.  Being that I have decided to use the more expensive film instead of digital, we will be looking for places that provide the textures and character that only film can do justice to.  Also because there are flashbacks, and scenes with a supernatural ambiance, it is important to create the feel of the scene.  

Filming of interior shots should begin in late February or early March.  I already have the budget, shot list, and breakdown for "Day One"...  Between now and then we all will be working hard to raise the funds for the estimated remaining 8-9 days of filming.  

...The beginnings of creating, not just a film... but Art.

Monday, November 17, 2014

THE SENSUAL INNER CITY...

What I loved, and what is important for me to capture, is the sensuality and rhythm of the "inner city" in the old Nueva York. Growing up in the South Bronx, and then living in El Barrio, there was always the sound of congas playing in the distance during the summertime back in the day. The guys would play their congas in the park, on the stoop and its sensual beats could be heard blocks away. I want to announce a favorite, very popular Congero, my friend Steven Guadalupe, in the role of the neighborhood Congero in El Barrio in, "A Wound In TIme". He is a familiar face drumming in Central Park,and in the underground scene.. He also came to see the original Off Off Broadway run of the stage play in 2010 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe.


Friday, November 14, 2014

TINA MOORE OF THE "A WOUND IN TIME" CAST TO HIT THE STAGE IN MY TRILOGY

Welcome Tina Moore to the cast of, "Wild Child", the last installment in my trilogy, "Women You Thought You Knew".  She is cast to play the eccentric mom "Millie Centron", in the feature film, "A Wound In Time".  She will hit the stage in the role of "Muriel Li", the Afro-Chinese relative of Susan Li. Welcome to the stage!
Tina Moore as Muriel Li

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIGITAL OR FILM? THAT IS THE QUESTION!

Meetings, discussing options for Production. Film or digital? It will cost more but film adds that something special if you want to create Art as opposed to just a film... I'm leaning toward film. Stay tuned. Pre-production slated to begin right after New Years!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

THANK YOU!!!

A special THANK YOU to Delilah Lloyd for her donation to "A Wound In Time".  She is also one of the producers of one of the plays in my trilogy, "Wild Child".  It's so nice to  have friends who support your work!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I WANNA MAKE ART! NOT A FILM!

How do we create and capture the essence of a unique city and the passion of the people?  The textures?  The intensity?  The grittiness?  The dynamics?  That is a goal that must be brought to the screen.  To make the audience feel as if they are in New York City, in Spanish Harlem in 1993... That they are experiencing what the multi-dimensional characters are experiencing... A multi-dimensional experience!

Friday, October 31, 2014

FILM CREW ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!

I will hold interviews with some of the film crew professionals who attended the table read next week.  Stay tuned.

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!

There is a club scene in "A Wound In Time", set in 1993. Thinking of making it also a fundraiser for the film with everyone coming dressed circa early 1990's and filmed in the scene. Maybe have a popular DJ spinning on camera...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRAVO! THANK YOU!

What a wonderful table read last night! Most of the cast saw the script for the first time and managed to bring the characters to life without direction. The private reading was for folks who had submitted for production crew positions as I wanted them to hear the story first and then decide if they wanted to move on to being interviewed as part of the "organic process". I am happy to say that they were very impressed with the cast and the story. Many thanks to Anissa Smith, Frankie Ramos, Wanda Colon, Tina Moore, Evan Davis, Michelle Lamelza, Irma Cadiz, Stacey Griffin, Alan Liddell, John Larkin, Steve Devito, Bill Barry, China L. Colston, and Gyavira Lasana! Next phase will be crew interviews next week. Bravo all!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

IMAGINING SCENES...

Can't wait to film one of the the bar scenes in "A Wound In Time". I'm gonna have everyone I know sitting at the bar as the camera dollies down the bar catching everyone's face on camera! I see the shot so vividly... Gonna be so cool!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Cast members and I from the Off Off and Off Broadway productions of "A Wound In Time".  A play never dies.  It goes on forever and is brand new with each new cast, each new venue, etc.  Folks who have seen the play, though anxious to see the film version, inquire about the return of the play in hopes of taking a friend or relative who has yet to see it.  Yes, the play shall return one day...
Off Off Broadway production at Nuyorican Poets Cafe circa 2010

Post show outside St. Lukes Theatre at closing night of the Off Broadway production circa 2012

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Check out Frankie Ramos, cast to play Tony Perez in the feature "A Wound In Time" in: TRAILER OF FRANKIE RAMOS IN "THE HARDEST LOVE"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PRINCIPAL CASTING COMPLETED FOR THE FEATURE FILM

Cardiac nurse Negra Centron has a childhood secret and is pressured by her suspicious mother, "strange bedfellow" Tony Perez, and an amorous co-worker. Her unlikely lover, Tony Perez, is caught in the middle, as his fiery jealous "girlfriend" Lourdes, is in hot pursuit and dead on his trail up in Spanish Harlem! Negra is played by Anissa Smith, Tony is played by Francisco Ramos, and Lourdes is played by Irma Cadiz, who reprises her role from the stage version, in the indie feature "A Wound In Time".


The eccentric, overly concerned mother, Millie Centron, seeks the counsel of the neighborhood Santera, Iya Carmen, regarding her daughter Negra's relationship with Tony Perez up in Spanish Harlem! Millie is played by Tina Moore and Iya Carmen by Wanda Colon in the indie feature "A Wound In TIme".





Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Vico from East 
Harlem's Little Italy in the feature film, "A Wound 
In Time". Bobby Vico, Tony Perez' best friend and "partner in crime", played by Evan Davis, and 
Barbara Vico, his "Italian Princess", played 
by Michelle Lamelza. What a lovely couple!






Cardiologist Dr. Todd Turnbull Adams is Negra'sboss and takes a special interest in her. Successful professional Clinton Williams, grew up in Spanish Harlem and has a distorted view of the old neighborhood and its people. He hates coming around but he must look after his mom who refuses to leave. How do these two, not in her life, complicate her already complicated life? Bill Barry plays Dr. Adams, and Stacey Griffin reprises his role from the Off Broadway stage play in the indie feature of "A Wound In Time".