WHEN I was called into the principal's office in third grade, I was certain that one of my parents had died, since I had never been anything but well-behaved. But instead it was to tell me that my poem had just been chosen for a national poetry anthology. After that there was never a question of what I would do in this life. I went on to major in creative writing at Bennington, study screenwriting at the New School, and to write a book and play GOODBYE MY FANCY (not the 1948 one - book on Amazon, YouTube link to play below - about the last months of Walt Whitman's life), which was "supposed" to have been produced on Broadway (both Charles Durning and Burgess Meredith agreed to do it), and later as a television pilot that was "greenlighted" (but also never came to pass).
I wrote several other plays that were produced, published a literary magazine THE DAY BARQUE, became the editor-in-chief of the Italian art magazine FMR, wrote at least 40 murder mystery plays for various events, worked as Anthony Quinn's personal assistant, and as an editor and copywriter. But screenwriting is what I am most passionate about, although the most difficult of all to break into. My very first script PUREBRED about a dog show got a top agent through a cold query letter -- made the rounds but didn't sell. Other scripts followed, in the comedy, family, dramedy genres, and, my last one, YIN AND YANG, (a bisexual romantic comedy), was in development with a top producer (AMERICAN HISTORY X), who said, "Any actress in Hollywood would want to play the role of Zhenya." However, due to illness, that too bit the dust. I placed in several contests, including Big Break and Fade In, as well as was top 10% Nicholls for YIN AND YANG. Other interesting scripts are SOMERSAULTING OVER NEW YORK (family) and BETTER PEOPLE (comedy) as well as an animated feature KINGDOM OF THE BIRDS, based on the great 14th-century Sufi text CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS.
I lived 11 years in Italy (Milan and Rome), 4 years in France (Paris and Antibes), about a year in Russia (St. Petersburg and Moscow), as well as in New York and San Francisco. Now I am holed up in rural Northern California, without distractions, other than my bossy little white dog, Romeo.
Somersaulting Over New York Budget: $1M - $5M | Fantasy ⋄ Family Two worlds magically touch when three Celestial Spirits intervene in the lives of a charming but troubled family to help the family fulfill its exceptional destiny as well as Their own.
The Kingdom of the Birds Budget: $5M - $10M | Animation ⋄ Adventure Their leaderless kingdom in tatters, ten quirky, quibbling birds fly through forests, deserts, volcanoes and ice caps to seek out their King as ten thousand ravens try to stop them from discovering the mind-blowing secret. The Wizard of Oz meets Winged Migration. Based on the 14th-century Sufi text.
My Ghost Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance ⋄ Comedy In order to pay off her college loans, a high-minded Yale Classics graduate is forced to become a ghostwriter for a self-centered, womanizing, self-destructive actor just out of jail.
Yin Yang and Yin Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy ⋄ Romance After her husband dumps her, an eager-to-please woman falls head-over-heels for a seductive, illegal Russian manicurist, only to discover that she has an equally obsessed male lover as well, setting off an escalating battle of wills to win her affections as she plays cat and mouse with them.
Better People Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy Tired with technology, a high-powered Manhattan couple move to a tiny village in France to become better people but become obsessed when the old woman whose farmhouse they purchase refuses to die.
Purebred Budget: $1M - $5M | Family ⋄ Comedy Set in the dog show world: a feisty, independent photojournalist whose life is invaded by a scruffy, unwanted, runaway dog competes with a handsome, arrogant dog-trainer/breeder for the best-in-show title.
Quarterfinalist Big Break - Yin and Yang
Semi-Finalist Fade In - Purebred
Top 10% Nicholls 2019 - Yin and Yang