A Life Ahead Review

I am intrigued by Old Hollywood, so when I heard Sophia Loren had made a new movie, I had to see it. I remember her in House Boat with Cary Grant and Arabesque with Gregory Peck. I wanted to know if the 80ish actor could still bring the magic of movie making. This time her leading man would be a12 year old boy and would sex appeal work at her age?

The story all by itself drew me in. An older Jewish woman took in a Muslim child.

A Life Ahead tells the story of Madame Rosa who takes in children from the streets of her Italian town who have lost their parents. It follows the life of a 12-year-old Senegalese boy called Momo as he manages his life on the streets. In the opening sequence, Momo robs her.

Normally, bad teens get on my nerves because many writers allow them to do terrible things and get away with it. Momo gets to reap a little of what he has sown. It makes him a better person. As he adapts to life in Madame Rosa’s house, he discovers that there is an alternate way of living.

My favorite scene is when Momo, played by Ibrahima Gueye keeps his promise. This spoke to me in that it exemplified how showing someone how to live different is a better teacher than just telling them. Gueye is very convincing. There are nice moments but also a few sad ones as we watch Madame Rosa age.

The Italian language film was directed by Loren’s son, Edoardo Ponti, A Life Ahead and ison Netflix. The movie is dubbed in English, but the beautiful scenes and fun characters make up for it. Before this movie, the last movie Loren made was Human Voice in 2014. This movie was much better than I thought it would be. Loren was very beautiful at 86. The mother son team created a product that I could watch again and again.

Thank you for your support

I want to say Thank You for supporting the Queens project to Diane Jefferis. She will help me tell stories of women like Barbara Jordan who a member of the House of Representatives and a leader in the civil rights movement. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was the first African American woman to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

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New Project: Wicked & Redeemed

During the weekends in May, I am shooting video shorts from this stage play I have written by the above mentioned titled. I have eight women roles that I am casting for. I will only need you for a couple of hours one Saturday if you are cast. If you are interested please let me know as I am setting up auditions.  The show is like a cross between For Colored Girls who have considered suicide and the Colored Museum, except we use biblical characters.
Please let me know if you can dance and/or sing.
The characters:
Mrs. Potiphar
The Samaritan Woman
Michal
Rahab
Delilah
Esther
and a few others.
Please feel free to pass this on to other actors you think might be interested.

New Web Series on the way

We are currently working on a web series titled Family Tree. We are looking for sponsors, so if you know anyone who would like to support this series financially let me know.  Here are some stills from the short film version.  Photos were taken by Stan Davis of IBS Photography.