Award winning writer, playwright, radio storyteller. Sitting on a towering pile of new screenplays (horror, supernatural, sci fi, murder thrillers) and finally getting around to marketing them. Former journalist and writer for top newspapers and magazines, including NY Times, NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer (Op Ed essays and book reviews), Miami Herald Sunday Magazine (features, cover stories, short stories, staff writer) , Smithsonian, etc.
.Wrote and produced award-winning River Tales public radio storytelling and music series heard on more than 200 stations. Musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Novels and short stories under the pen name Uke Jackson, on Amazon and elsewhere. Complete c.v.upon request.
Unique traits: Speaks Spanish, Italian, French, restaurant German. World famous ukulele player (as Uke Jackson), dual citizenship: American/Italian
Painted Mom Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror PAINTED MOM – In this witchy horror thriller a young artist uses blood and spells to bring to life a full-size painted portrait of her late mother, who was head of the local coven, and she becomes a supernatural slasher hiding out in the painting after each kill, as the daughter becomes complicit. (How many female-driven slashers are there?)
Dinner with the Devil Budget: $1M - $5M | Other DINNER WITH THE DEVIL – (Socially conscious supernatural thriller based in part on actual events) A Manhattan writer and his actress wife host a dinner party for several artist friends and a stranger, who turns out to be either the Devil or Pan come to herald the end of patriarchy; and when every initial expectation is topsy turvy, the audience is left to decide whether a Faustian bargain was struck.
V.R.A.I. Budget: $1M - $5M | Sci-fi ⋄ Thriller V.R.A.I. *– (multicultural characters in a near future sci fi thriller) Headsets clatter to the floor as teenagers disappear into a new virtual reality experience, and the woman who volunteers to bring them back must deal with a Russian assassin and NSA agents before she discovers a parallel dimension created by an artificial intelligence that wants nothing to do with the world humans occupy. *Virtual Reality Artificial Intelligence (shoot in Poland for $1.5 million below the line, with a 40% government rebate)
MashUp Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller MashUp – A New York playwright descends into madness, mayhem, and murder while she is adapting the short 1892 novel Bruges-la-Mort into a screenplay. Set in Manhattan and Bruges.
The Moon of Innocence Budget: $5M - $10M | Mystery ⋄ Romance The Moon of Innocence - A post-WW II Romeo-and-Juliet-like murder thriller set among the peasants of Catalonia under the fascist dictator Franco; based on my best selling short novel of the same title (under the pen name Uke Jackson).
Tarot of the Spirit Wolf Budget: $100K - $1M | Horror ⋄ Fantasy Tarot of the Spirit Wolf - In a valley where magic reigns, The King of the River Rats comes ashore at the foot of Mage’s Mountain, demanding tribute, and trouble ensues. (stand alone horror fantasy or pilot for streaming series?)
A Romantic's Coda Budget: $1M - $5M | Other A Romantic’s Coda – dramatic monologue of Lord Byron’s shade ranting and revealing from the afterlife; full of special effects, with Jim Steinmeyer attached (90 minutes stage or video)
A Very Magnani Morning Budget: $1M - $5M | Other ⋄ Biography A Very Magnani Morning – dramatic monologue of Anna Magnani looking back on the morning after her Oscar win. (Looking to collaborate with the right actress to bring this to life; current script for 80 minute stage performance; adaptation to biopic?)