Sunday, December 28, 2014

She's Out of Order is headed to Los Angeles!

I've been doing a full evaluation of 2014 and will share highlights very soon.

But I wanted to share news about She's Out of Order.  Before the holiday break, we were notified that our web-series was an official selection for LA Webfest 2015, with co-creator and star Teresa Michelle Lasley nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and the multitalented LaJune nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress!

The whole She's Out of Order team is very excited about this development and we're gathering resources to be there for our screening at the Fest in April 2015.

I've been pushing this show as part of my overall hustle as a writer for stage and screen, applying to all sorts of festivals, competitions and new media development programs.  Of course, rejection is part of the territory, but it's awesome to get a yes every once and a while.  Recognition from organizations like LA Webfest (and hopefully a few more in 2015) can help fuel the hustle for months on end.

I'm proud to be part of the team.

More later and thank you for your support!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

She's Out of Order - Distribution Deal!!

Updates from web-series land!
So the show I co-created, She's Out of Order, has been making the rounds for online distribution. And I'm very excited to share the news that we've inked a deal with the online distributor Online Movies Box for non-exclusive distribution of the series!

What does that mean exactly?  Well it means my team has agreed to license out 16 episodes to this third party, which then intends to showcase their series on their own digital platforms.  As their platforms are ad-supported, there's potential to generate revenue and the agreement gets into all the details about how that can go.  Unlike self-distribution on platforms like Youtube and Vimeo, this distribution takes the series to potential viewers beyond the networks I can engage on my own.


News of the deal attracted the indie press, particularly the folks over at Shadow and Act.  Check out the Write Up:

Comedy Web Series 'She’s Out of Order' Gets Online Distribution Deal

But more than this, being offered a non-exclusive distribution deal is a vote of confidence in the work. It means a third party with absolutely no investment or bias in the quality project thinks its strong enough to distribute themselves. That's quite an endorsement and helped motivate the She's Out of Order team to keep on keeping on.

If this was an exclusive deal, then we'd have to take She's Out of Order down from other platforms like Youtube. But it's non-exclusive, so we get the best of both worlds.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

New Play ... Reading at Harlem's National Black Theatre 8/25/14

Yes, I've been a bit under a rock, but things are coming together for a brand new play I'm writing. I count myself fortunate to have some AMAZING TALENT collaborating with me on this one.

the play is tentatively called THIS APP IS NOT THE BUSINESS. And I'm excited to see how it's gonna grow.

Here's the deets:

Keep Soul Alive Mondays- Reading Series 
The National Black Theatre
2031-33 National Black Theatre Way 
(Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126) 
New York, NY 10035 
$10 Suggested Donation
7:30 PM

Playwright: Derek McPhatter 
Director: Christopher Burris

Bridgit Antoinette Evans 
Shelese Franklin 
Kim Rios Lin 
Clinton Lowe 

About the show
Our community’s favorite loan officer just wants to do the right thing, but between the evil forces of gentrification, the get-rich-quick schemes of her clients, and a cutthroat corporate culture, the ‘right thing’ might be more than she bargained for.

Want More Info?

Friday, August 1, 2014

JULY: you really socked it to me!!!

July has been an awesome month for the most part. I can’t believe its over.

Let’s get into the shows first:

I got to reconnect with an old friend from high school days in Pickerington (Yes, Pickerington):  Whitney Lee.  She’s part of Mutual Benefit, a chamber folk band that was in Chicago for the Pitchfork Festival.  It was great to reconnect with her and finally see some of her music live!  I was quite impressed.

Me and Whitney!
Whitney and Bandleader/Brother  Jordan Lee and Co.  MUTUAL BENEFIT

I also continued to take in Chicago’s rich theater scene.  Highlights include:

Contestants: Macho Ma'am Kandy Savage and CHI-quita Flores

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers is a raucous, ridiculous, unforgettable experience.  The antics of the contestant/performers bring the show to life – like Drinkerbell’s inebriated stage-rushing and 2nd-to-Nun’s riffs on Catholic rituals, but the insanity of their fans/posses really sets the show apart from other kinds of theater experiences.  It’s loud, profane, closer to arena-behavior than a conventional theater show and I LOVED IT!

Other highlights:

Victory Garden Theater’s staged reading presentation of Ike Holter’s new hipster play – SENDER as part of their Ignition Festival. Some very compelling and envelope-pushing dance performance,  Post-modern Afro-Latinidad, curated by Baraka de Soleil at Columbia College’s Dance Center for the Afro-Latin Summer Dance Intensive, a panel discussion on House Music, featuring Shaun J. Wright, Micah Salkind and others, and I took in some exciting performance art work – both at the 3rd anniversary of Salonathon and the second installment of Rashayla Marie Brown’s The Unholy Trinity of Me, Myself and I. 

So wow. Such a vibrant cultural scene here, indeed!  And it’s kept my juices flowing as I work on my own material. But more on that later.



Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hello Chicago!

Hey, Hey, Hey Folks!

So it's been about two months since moved the home base to Chicago, and I'm getting into the swing of things.  Seen some cool shows at The Steppenwolf, the Goodman, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and lots of less known spots.  I've got some day-job prospects coming together, and I've got some solid friendships and such to keep things social.

So I'm happy about all of that.  There's a lot going on outside the city too. I've had some recent momentum with managers and such back in L.A., and I'm in the thick of the hustle for Bring the Beat Back, my black gay sci-fi musical fantasia.  A workshop is coming together later this year in The Bronx, but nothing is firm yet, so we'll have to see.

This week has been all about writing programs and festival submissions.  From the Independent Filmmaker Project to the American Black Film Festival  and about a dozen writing programs in Theater and TV,  April has been exhausting and May has even more in store.

But these programs are a major way to put yourself out there as a writer, especially if you're not already famous or rich or whatever. So I'm GUNG HO!

And Exhausted. I need a drink!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Citizen Jane heads to Boston in March with the Fire This Time

Hey Folks,

The Fire This Time just completed it's FIFTH annual festival run in the Village. This is the festival's 5th anniversary year, and I'm thrilled to be part of a new touring project with my short play from season one - Citizen Jane!

Boston's Hibernian Hall will present Citizen Jane alongside five other hits from the Fire This Time. The show will play over one weekend in Boston.  I'm excited!

Citizen Jane - our favorite super-shero - comes to vivid life tonight.  Don't worry if she seems fed-up or tired of saving the world. She had better give us another happy ending or else! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kicking off 2014

So here we are in 2014, and I hope your year is off to an amazing start.
The last few months have been pretty exciting for me and my exploits as a writer/producer:

  •   My original sci-fi half-hour tv pilot was nominated for the Fox Writers Intensive, and snagged a great meeting with a new experienced TV comedy writer mentor.

Of course, there’s been ample supply of rejection and disappointment to balance things out, but that’s par for the course for writers on the rise. 

There's some exciting stuff in the works this year, but I can't go public yet.  Thank you for keeping tabs on me though, folks!