Owner and Creative Director of The Indie On Main Arts House in Keyser, West Virginia. Co-Director of Paddy Town Film Festival. Writer and producer of original stage plays and cinematography, Screenwriter/Producer,
Stephen is a storyteller and writer. He's written several stage plays, prose, and poems. He's directed and produced several stage plays and wrote and produced for Washington DC Fringe Festival. As a side venture, he operates a small Indie arts and film house and co-founded the first film festival in Keyser, West Virginia, and hosted the first Iranian Film Festival there. His first “film” production was in 1978 using a 16mm camera for an originally scripted music video of Welcome to the Machine (Pink Floyd, 1978). He is well traveled having lived and worked in several countries in the Americas, Africa and South East Asia. He draws from these experiences to bring realism and dramatic characterization to his writing and direction. In the interest of producing and directing screenplays he has written new material and also re-scripted a number of his stage plays for the screen. He currently resides in rural Appalachia where outside of writing, grows fruit and nut trees and gardens along with his two cats, Freddie Mercury and Mr. Thumbs. He also distills fine Bourbon and Gin.
12th Hour Painting Budget: $5M - $10M | Independent ⋄ Drama After witnessing the destruction of Jozsef Javovits’ artwork, banned artists Gergo and Bella join in the 1956 uprising in Budapest against a regime of intolerance and censorship. While a parallel drama unfolds in present-day NYC at the Starlight Theater under a maniacal director. As the revolution reaches its climax, so do rehearsals at the Starlight leading up to opening night. It’s the 12th hour for both stories. Shared tragedies, and a redemptive twist join the two narratives.