screenwriting

Jackie. – short narrative screenplay*

A match between Mother & Daughter:  At stake?  A boy’s life.

Jackie. – Viral Teaser for Finishing Funds (NYU Graduate thesis film) from tamika guishard on Vimeo.

Jackie. – Viral Teaser for Finishing Funds (NYU Graduate thesis film) from tamika guishard on Vimeo.

A friendly dinner takes a wrong turn in “Jackie.” The story of an Ivy Leaguer and her birth-mother who find out that their similarities are disturbingly strong and first impressions can never be undone.

Having grown up in East New York’s volatile child care system, Jackie Isley is armed with street and book-smarts upon meeting ”Ronnie” for the first time.  Looking more like her sister, Jackie soon learns that not only is she the product of a teenage pregnancy, but also that her mother is out for blood…

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DiDE (D-Day) feature-length narrative screenplay

Streets? School? Service?…Survival.

In fall of 2007 three foster siblings stand at a crossroad.  Having survived volatile group homes, they are now thriving on their respective paths. Jackie “Jack” Isley’s newfound love for traditional African Rhythms has broken down some of her emotional walls. Maurice “Duke” Lake is one month away from completing his second and final tour in Iraq and looking forward to reuniting with Jack (a romance ten years in the making.)  And Dante “D” Richards has put the finishing touches on his first album; he’s ready to touch the stars.

On the heels of bowing out of the crack game, Dante, a self-made entrepreneur is faced with the decision to independently distribute his music or rehabilitate his estranged birth-mother—his number one customer.

DiDE (D-Day) is a gritty look at bloodlines, love and mortality when up against a seemingly inescapable fate: a child who is killing his parent.

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manzanar11WMDS cable television series

The Club.

WMDS begins during the first days of Manzanar Relocation Center, our nation’s largest Japanese Internment Camp. This series straddles the overlapping worlds of Bishop and nearby Manzanar, California, where thousands of Japanese were made to live.

Prior to Pearl Harbor, the onset of Jazz music and a handful of neighborhood televisions were all the rage in Bishop. All at once, town inhabitants had to not only deal with the loss of their men to war, but also intermix with the local Japanese to bring home a decent wage. Those women that got to stay close to home, operating town businesses, did not envy their counterparts made to rub shoulders with the enemy.

Fortunately Rose Sterling’s husband is on detail at nearby Manzanar, but she is still not at peace. Her social club, “Wives, Mothers, Daughters & Sisters” (WMDs,) founded as a support network for single parents and the like during this war, is taking on a life of its own. Yes they find solace in routine social outings like bowling, potluck dinners and bridge. However, periodic venting about “Japs” spins into a web of prejudice that cradles members, so much so that they grow to crave it.

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Clowns: Identity and Survival in St. Kitts & Nevis — feature-length documentary*

In St. Kitts & Nevis everyone is a clown.

It is a rites of passage native to those privileged descendants of this island-paradise—the smallest sovereign nation in the Western world. Boys and girls await the day to circle the capital and culminate at the Circus, its center, for the jam-session that is St. Kitts annual carnival. Before St. Kitts & Nevis gained its independence from Great Britain in 1983, prior to the military coup scarring Robert Bradshaw’s nearly half-century reign and even pre-dating sugar’s stronghold over the island economy, there were clowns.

In the wake of the collapse of its cash crop, sugar cane, clowning in St. Kitts & Nevis is no laughing matter.

Tremendous employment cuts and subsequent, restless young people have led to the formation of gangs bent on material acquisition at any cost. With a population of forty-four thousand, one murder in St. Kitts every two weeks in 2009 ranks it with El Salvador and Colombia as one of the deadliest places in the world.

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(*) Pre-production