SHORT FILMS
 
"MR. MAURICE - A GREAT WESTERN TALE"
Synopsis:
After a stint as a volunteer in the Israeli army, my father returned to the UK and opened a blue-beat record shop in Moss Side, Manchester. Between the early 1960s and mid '70s he supplied the hottest Rocksteady and Bluebeat imports to the Jamaican emigre community. In that time the likes of Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker and Prince Buster frequented his store. He was befriended by the late, great Lord Kitchener, and was the supplier of '45s to the neighborhood Rude Boys, Sound-Systems and all-night 'blues' jams... On my last visit to the UK, I managed to video-tape my father as he discussed his tenure at the store and reminisced about the music. These interviews will form the basis of a short film detailing his store and humorous exploits. The film will feature stories, photographs and a pilgrimage to the now defunct location of his shop, on Great Western Street...
Comments:

This short will go into post-production February 2007. I am hoping to get the appropriate clearances and be able to feature some classic Rocksteady tracks. We will be submitting to festivals in May 2007, hopefully.

"VUELO"
Synopsis:
I was comissioned by (GLORY ROAD director) James Gartner and Don Block to write a short film for the SONY DREAMS SERIES in 2005. The theme was 'flight,' and the story concerns a young woman who crosses into U.S. from Mexico with her young son. A random act of kindness seems to change the world for this young woman - and much the same as PAY IT FORWARD - kindness and that human touch becomes contagious.
Comments:

This short was shot in Sony HD by celebrated DP Jeff Kimball, of TOP GUN fame. It was originally screened at the DGA in Los Angeles, the Ziegfeld Theater in New York as well as numerous international festivals.

"FOUR MINUTE MILE"
Synopsis:
Marlon Staggs and Jerry Brown (from Sticks & Stones) approached me to write a spec spot for adidas. The resulting short film was about an urban youth, desperate to be the first African-American high-schooler to run the mile in under four minutes.
Comments:
FOUR MINUTE MILE won the Best Spec Spot Award at the 2006 AICP Awards. I have worked on a number of other shorts with Jerry and Marlon, which I will post soon...
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