Official Selection // Beverly Hills Film Festival
Hey all! I am beyond thrilled to announce that my screenplay, Artasium, is an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival this year – which kicks off this weekend! Artasium is my absolute baby. It’s the one thing that I’ve written that I can go back sometimes and shake my head and say “wow,” as though I wasn’t even the writer on it. I can’t say that about ALOT of my other work these last 15 years. I wrote Artasium first as a book back in 2009 when I was working at a cigar and scotch bar in Soho. I would literally have about 5 hours every shift to do absolutely nothing but smoke cigarettes (inside). Just like that, Piper Scotch was born. The book (which is about losing your imagination) morphed over the years from Mythica (and a failed all or nothing crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter) to Piper Scotch and the Peculiar Tale of Artasium to simply, Artasium. It was completed in 2011 in Los Angeles. And then it sat for about 2-3 years. I approached several agents with it who told me “dystopian fantasy wasn’t selling.” HA! Everyone of them should have been fired the day Hunger Games was released and the packed bandwagon that followed. Neither here nor there. I soft-launched it as an e-book with no marketing behind it in 2014, around the time I released Mascara: Book 1. At the time, I felt confident that any money and marketing should be behind Mascara. I still think that was the right call. However, in 2016 it began to gnaw at me. Like my puppy does sometimes when she feels separation anxiety because I’m three feet away – it wouldn’t leave me alone. So I decided to hire a script doctor and repurpose the whole concept into a screenplay. I’m not going to get into the story of the script doctor (though there is one)(of course) but I will say that the partnership is now defunct so I took the entire manuscript and word for word rewrote it. Then I entered it into the BHFF. I have entered many a script into many a contest and have received a similar rejection email every time. So much so, that when I got the email from BHFF, I almost trashed it after skimming the first few lines. “Yadda yadda, thank you for entering the 2017 yadda…” Only this time, it said my script was chosen to be in the runnings.
Last month, I started working with quite possibly one of the most talented artists I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, Ludwig Van Bacon. (You owe it to yourself to look at his work). He has commissioned me a piece (a custom cover for Artasium) in exchange for a PR campaign that we rocked. Next, we are going to bind the script with the artwork and send it to the man, the myth, the legend: Mr. Tim Burton. Stay tuned.
With love and fiction,