In 1970, there was no internet, cell phone, VCR, DVD player, or cable television. All of these things factor into the equation of making it in Hollywood today. A philosophy for life on the road to success, rather than a blueprint to painting by numbers, HOW TO MAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD BEFORE YOU MAKE IT is a portrait of 10 emerging artists on the front lines of Hollywood, running the gamut from actors, writers, producers, dancers, singers and songwriters, all at different stages in their careers. The companion piece to Christopher C. Odom’s Award-Winning documentary, by the same name, the book offers more true life insight on what it takes to maintain in Hollywood on the path to success, as well extras like the documentary screenplay, production notes, interviews with Odom and the original festival press kit.
Holmes arrests Mo for extortion and illegal arms dealing. Mo pledges an oath of revenge. Mo walks free on a technicality when Mo’s lawyers draw ties to Holmes and a crime boss. Holmes resigns from the force. Flash forward 3 years later. Independence Day weekend. Mo now has the most powerful crime syndicate in Detroit. He’s Mo, ergo “Mo-Town.” Mo is promoting a huge Independence Day Celebration and “MoTown Review” on the waterfront. All of the heads of the other crime syndicates will be there. The crime bosses believe that Mo’s Independence Day Celebration is to give them their independence. Unbeknownst to them, Mo’s Independence Day Celebration is to celebrate his independence from them. At the end of the Motown Review, when all the fireworks go off, a small nuclear bomb will blow up all of Mo’s enemies at one time as well as thousands of innocent bystanders–Mo’s Independence Day Massacre.
“It is written that the first born son of a Ghetto King shall inherit the Source. And he shall walk among us, robed as a servant, with a satchel at his side. And when the time is come, the fire of the word shall ignite and dispel the darkness.” When Mellow Dee, a disgruntled postal worker, gets a message from an escaped convict, he must seek out the old Laserball player and Ghetto Knight, Elijah. In a world where the church has merged with the state, Mellow Dee is young and strong willed, but oblivious. Elijah reveals to Mellow Dee that King Ray-Ray, the imprisoned leader of the Ghetto Knights, is the father Mellow Dee never had. Elijah teaches Mellow Dee how “to go to the Source” and the ways of the Ghetto Knights. Together, Mellow Dee and Elijah have three days to steal a satellite crystal that will prove King Ray-Ray’s innocence, take down the Dark Overlord, and prevent World War IV.
A well-meaning freshman becomes involved with campus politics to make a difference. Now in too deep, the difference he makes is not intended. — “Does the end justify the means?” THE HILL is a highly stylized transmogrification of the western storytelling paradigm. Think MEMENTO or USUAL SUSPECTS. It’s a story about power – gaining it and losing it. Meet Adam. He’s all that’s American – Baseball, Crackerjacks, and Apple Pie. Today is his first day as a freshman at Hillfield University. It’s “Freshmen Week”. Now introduce Evers. He’s a Progressive, political, portly upperclassman who is far too nice to completely trust. Adam believes that Evers will introduce him to the world of campus politics; a world where Adam will learn to “do good” and serve society. But Evers knows differently. Soon Adam and Evers will ascend to the miry throngs of power, corruption, and greed – letting nothing stand in their way.
When a lovesick postman stalks his nagging ex-girlfriend, he and the love-starved police lady who catches him, fall in love. – “What you won’t do, you’ll for love.” When Postman Pete gets dumped by his nagging girlfriend of five years, she’s becomes a bad habit he just can’t kick. Through the poor advice of his estranged buddies, Pete embarks upon a series of dating misadventures, while secretly stalking his ex, betwixt each date from hell. Pete may be a professional postal worker, but a seasoned stalker he is not. A peculiar patrolwoman, and her pointed partner are always there to intervene. Pete, on the rebound, and the patrolwoman, fond of things she shouldn’t have, take a liking to each other and plan a date. But, how will the story end? DO FOR LOVE is a Romantic Screwball Comedy along the lines of SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. A risqué comedic glimpse of tangible and freaky, familiar circumstances, DO FOR LOVE is a story to which we can all relate, but try to forget.
When an ordinary guy takes a Swing Dance class to impress an extraordinary girl, he becomes “Big Town” the flavor of the month and is forced to choose between the dancing or two girls. – “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it.” Benjamin Bradley moves from the Midwest to Los Angeles to make good in the big town. During his first week in L.A., Ben meets a vixen (Fate) and shy girl (Destiny). Begin the triangle. Fate is a fantastic dancer in the underground scene, but a lame person. Destiny is a great person, but a mediocre dancer. Who should he choose? Written by a Swing Dancer who once graced President Bill Clinton with the Lindyhop, BIG TOWN is a Romantic Comedy with the heart of STRICTLY BALLROOM and the flash of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Rather than being a story with dancing taking the backseat, BIG TOWN is a screenplay written by a dancer, for dancers, where the dancing is the focus, and the story evolves organically from the dancing.
Inspired by a true story, HEAD OF THE CREEK embodies the essence of a Shakespearian Tragedy. When a brilliant bumpkin embarks upon lurid quest, his prize becomes his punishment. – “This above all: to thine own self be true…” (William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act I, Scene 3) Louis Wilson is a hayseed born with the aptitude of a Nobel Laureate. At the age of 8, someway, somehow Little Louis has it all figured out. He gets it. For some of us it takes our entire lives to get it. Others never get it. Louis got it, and maybe you’ll get it, too. His goal is simple – take an early retirement and live out by the old creek. But Louis quickly learns what most of us already know – the simplest things in life are often the most complex and impossible to accomplish. HEAD OF THE CREEK is a gritty, glimpse of Louis’s simple goal that becomes a 30-year Machiavellian quest for Nirvana. – “He had everything it took to live right, but he chose to live wrong.”
Set in Harlem’s 1940’s Savoy Ballroom, Alex Washington is a gifted Lindy Hop Swing Dancer, who dreams of being the next “King of Swing”. In the vein of the Hollywood film classic “All About Eve”, Alex challenges his Swing mentor. Juxtaposed against real life events and figures, Swingout is an unabashed fictionalized tale of desire and ambition, as Alex juggles the hot coals of the affairs of his heart, ego, family and friends.
BLACK MAMBO is a sizzling hot, highly stylized, gritty crime story placed within the miry landscape of the Los Angeles underground crime world. When Police Detective Will Biggs and his crew attempt to infiltrate Black Mambo’s counterfeit crime syndicate, Will’s team gets made and all hell breaks loose.
An alcoholic police detective wrestles with his faith in order to solve the murder of a transformed prostitute. Set amongst the urban decay and unfettered angst of Los Angeles, Police Detective John Smith battles alcoholism and cynicism. Going about his daily routine, initially John remains complacent over a seemingly ordinary prostitute murder. But when John’s intuition awakens, he experiences revealing visions about the victim and her murder. John must conquer his vices and overcome his skepticism to embrace intuition, question the unusual suspects, and allow his visions to illuminate the truth. A smartly written, modern day, faith-based screenplay with a “surprise” ending, THE 23RD PSALM ushers in a new generation of urban transcendental cinema. Blending the structure and character relationships of Akira Kurosawa’s RASHÔMON and Orson Welles CITIZEN KANE, THE 23RD PSALM is an evolved exegesis of the human psyche and the nature of man.