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 a restless spirit and the African gods seek justice...

Monday, December 22, 2014

FEATURED ROLES GALORE!!! WELCOME!

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...



"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 Santeria priestess Iya Carmen is played 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".





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MEET FRANKIE RAMOS CAST AS TONY PEREZ IN THE FILM "A WOUND IN TIME"

Casting still not complete on the adaptation of my Off Broadway mystery thriller and upcoming indie feature, "A Wound In Time" . Whereas the stage play had 9 characters, the film will have 24 speaking roles, not to mention the many non speaking roles. There will be some familiar faces from the play and new faces in the film. Introducing the male lead, Frankie Ramos, as "bad boy", Tony Perez.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WHEELS IN MOTION AS WE SLOWLY EASE INTO PRE PRODUCTION!

Completing casting and organizing a crew.  Have a doable budget figured out. Shoot schedule begins after holidays! FINALLY!!! "Where there's a will, there's a way!"

Monday, September 15, 2014

UPDATE!

The workshop production of the 2nd play of my trilogy, "Silk Stockings and a Bible" was a blast.  Lots of fab photos on my other blog.  After I do revisions on the script of the 3rd play "Wild Child" and go into rehearsals for its workshop production I will have a table read of the revised screenplay of "A Wound In Time" to be attended by and videotaped for potential investors and present supporters of the film.  Projecting to begin interiors filming throughout the Winter and complete during Spring 2015.  Stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A SHORT HIATUS COMING UP!!!!!!!!!

Looking forward to taking a "breather" from writing, producing, and directing for the month of September after the performance of play #2 of my trilogy on Wednesday. In October I will begin revisions of play #3 and produce it late November/early December. Thus I would have fulfilled my goal of having each play workshopped before year's end in preparation for all three plays to go up in the same run,possibly Off Broadway early 2015. I hope to begin filming my feature end of this year as well, God willing.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

MORE BAD GIRLS!

Sass n' class coming August 27th as we jazz it up with the 2nd installment of my trilogy of so-called "bad girls", about a chorus girl set during the Swing Era in Harlem and Atlantic City for one performance only! Tickets $25 in advance/$30 at the door.  "SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE" TICKETS

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"A WOUND IN TIME" HAS PEAKED INTEREST OF INVESTOR/BUYER

In talks with an interested party who realizes the money making potential of this story worldwide.  However,  for me, it is not all about making money.  Remember, I am an "artiste" and a cultural activist... Not a wannabe filmmaker! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

THANK YOU LADIES!!!!

OMG! THANK YOU TO MY LEADING LADY FROM "THE GRINDER" MICHELLE LAMELZA, AND MY JUNIOR HIGH CLASSMATE LINDA HAIMANN FELDMAN FOR THEIR DONATIONS TO MY FEATURE FILM FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN! SO SWEET OF THEM! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

MANY THANKS TO Maria Rodriguez, my sister Sheila Wilson, and Eugene Hyon FOR CONTRIBUTING TO " A Wound In Time: The Feature Film"!

Friday, June 13, 2014

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

MUCHO GRACIAS MARIA RODRIGUEZ FOR BREAKING THE ICE ON THE CAMPAIGN FOR "A Wound In Time: The Feature Film"! We can't wait to get the DVD into your hot little hands!!!



Monday, March 31, 2014

HARLEM ARTS FESTIVAL FINAL SCHEDULE!

Just got the final schedule for our presentation 

at the Harlem Arts Festival in Marcus Garvey 


Park on Sunday, June 29th from 5:30-6:30. I'll 


present the entire first scene of my new play, a 


Swing Era drama set in Harlem; a scene from 


my Off Broadway mystery/thriller and upcoming


 feature film set in Spanish Harlem; and a 


scene from my historical Creole drama set in 


1800's Louisiana.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WOW!!!!

Back from Italy where I was on a quest to find my Bohemia!  I am happy to report I have found it.  I am back and ready to go into rehearsal for my 3 new plays, and begin pre production for the feature film, "A Wound In Time"!  More good news is that scenes from 3 of my plays, including "A Wound In Time" have been accepted into the Harlem Arts Festival in June!  Great jump start for what's to come! Stay tuned...