Nappa Fest

I’m honored to come on board as producer for the upcoming film Nappa Fest based on the screenplay penned by writer Zachary Sasim.

A big wine festival is set to take place in surrealistic Wine Town, located in a wine producing area that is a mix of Tuscany and California. Vito Nappa, one of the local winery owners, hears from his friend, Roberto, that a film festival in honor of the famous director Marcelo Nappa will soon open in the neighboring town of Cinema City. Marcelo is Vito’s son.

Vito, however, has never seen or talked to Marcelo – Vito left Marcelo’s mother while she was still pregnant. Soon after she left the rural area for Big City. In anticipation of the wine festival, four tasters who will serve on the jury to assess and evaluate the wine arrive in Wine Town from Big City. They will visit all of the wineries that have entered the competition, judge their entries, and in the evening will publicly announce the winner.

One of the jury members, Gaylord, has recently broken up with his girlfriend. He is suffering and starts to drink the local wine – not only to evaluate it for the competition, but to get drunk and forget. And so he comes into conflict with another member of the jury, the domineering career-driven Rachel. Eventually, the jury member Gaylord, will manage to find a new girlfriend in Wine Town. Marcelo isn’t able to get to the opening of the film festival on time. He is stuck on a tropical island with his capricious and possessive girlfriend, who is suspicious of Marcelo’s executive assistant, Joanna – although it is his girlfriend herself who seems inclined to betray him. Vito Nappa dreams of winning the competition, but two thieves steal his best wine, the Cianti Classico.

Though winery security manages to find and return the wine to Vito, it is too late for him to take part in the competition. To add to this, Vito doesn’t feel well. Despite that, however, he rushes off to hear the announcement of the wine-tasting results – where he plans to accuse competitors of initiating the theft of his Cianti. But Vito has an epiphany, and he tempers his anger with kindness. Since Marcelo isn’t able to officially open the film festival, Roberto asks Vito to do so – and Vito appears at the official opening in Cinema City. Marcelo via Skype thanks his father for his assistance in opening the festival – in the end Roberto won’t be coming to Cinema City as he has to fly to Italy. But he invites his father, Vito, to visit him in Big City

Acclaimed novel, “She Rain”, being adapted for film.

Beautifully written by Michael Cogdill (27 Emmys and a national Edward R. Murrow Award, his work has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and The Today Show).

She-Rain branches toward one of the least-expected figures ever in a Southern novel. Her mystery begging the question — what might have been, had an African-American infant born of scandal been placed on the arms of one of the grandest American fortunes of the early 20th Century? In the bosom of that fortune, she is raised utterly cloistered, hidden in the clefts of Appalachia, steeped in her “adoptive” mother’s Vassar education, classical piano, and the refinements most mountain people considered as distant and alien as the stars.

When that son of an opium addict (fresh from battling wilderness, a freight train and a white-water river) happens upon her — each in uniquely desperate times — they set off a seismic change to the worlds they’ve known. Driven by what Faulkner might call human hearts conflicted deep within themselves, they rise to meet an adventure compared to that of Cold Mountain and The Color Purple. She-Rain is a magnetic tale that melts the hard rocks of racism, classism, and the violent self-destruction of living down to the worst human expectations. By its contemporary end, this tale has moved readers of both genders to tears.
Entertaining with wild humor, the grit of reality, and a love triangle of the least expected.

Produced by Richard O’Sullivan and Gilberto Vera
Currently being considered for attachment by several major sales and distribution companies.