Filming is Underway for Water

Guess what, y’all!

Filming for Water started about three weeks ago.  And let me tell you, it has been an amazing experience.  When I wrote Water In A Broken Glass over sixteen years ago, I never thought this would be happening.  I dreamed about it, wished for it.  But I don’t think I ever believed it would really happen.  Or maybe I did and that’s why God let it be.

Where should I start.  Okay, first, in case you don’t know, Water the film is directed by Jamelle Williams-Thomas.  She is a DC based filmmaker and owner of Lodge Street films.  Jamelle contacted me back in 2009 and asked for the rights to turn Water In A Broken Glass into a film.  So, it’s been a long process, some ups and down, but here we are some six years later and Lodge Street Films along with IKam Productions are in Baltimore shooting this film.

Baltimore.  My city.  All my novels take place in Baltimore, because I love showing the side of Baltimore people rarely focus on.  And don’t think the characters in my stories don’t have any problems.  They have plenty.  They just have something other than drugs and killing on their minds.  Baltimore is way richer than that.  So it’s cool going to different areas of Baltimore filming.  So far Jamelle and her film crew have filmed on the campus of Morgan State University, at The Book Escape on Light Street, Whitelock Street, Nubohemia Café and Lounge on Biddle Street, in the Arts District on Guilford Avenue, Druid Park Lake Drive.  They are truly doing Baltimore justice.

I will try to write something every day about the making of Water.  Next I’ll talk about the cast and crew.  Stay tuned.  Love you for all the support y’all have given me over the years.

And for more information, visit the Water The Film website at http://www.waterthefilm.com/

Love y’all for all the love and support.

Odessa

 

 

 

Water In A Broken Glass Movie Trailer

On Sunday, August 23, 2014, I had the enormous pleasure of being on set for the filming of the movie trailer for my first novel, Water In A Broken Glass.  Guichard Cadet of La Callie Nous Publishing took a chance and published Water back in September 2000.  Who would have guest that almost 15 years later, it would be made into a film?  Not me.  Even while I was on set I hard a hard time believing I was out there for one of my books.  As I write this post, it is still surreal to me.  But I think the most difficult thing I had believing was seeing Tonya and Satin walk around in real life.  Tonya is played by the beautiful and talented Shauntice  Donita Wyatt and Satin is played by the beautiful and talented Okema T. Moore.  But to simply say these women play Tonya and Satin is an understatement.  Shauntice is Tonya and Okema is Satin.  That’s what made the day even more unbelievable for me.

I want to thank Jamelle Williams-Thomas for loving Water In A Broken Glass enough to want to put it on the big screen.  She is a marvelous director.  I also want to thank producer Danielle Mooney, who still doesn’t realize the great contributions she is making to bring Water to life.  Tekoa Smith is also doing a fantastic job making sure everything has what they need so this film goes off without a hitch.

And we all want to send a big thank you to Andrew, the owner of The Book Escape.  He was gracious enough to allow us to film part of the trailer in his beautiful store, which is located in Federal Hill at 805 Light Street.

None of this would be possible without the love and support of my family and friends.  Michael has been with me and encouraging me pretty much from the first day we met.  Brian, Marcus, and Nina remind me everyday why my writing is so important and fun.  My mother,  who sparked my love of reading by reading to me, lets me know how proud she is of me.  My sister, Rachel, who makes me smile and blush when she tells random people that her big sister writes books.  One day I will be able to write down the names of each and everyone of my friends who support me, but for now, I want say thanks for everything.

Below are some pictures we took of the shoot.  I can’t wait to see the trailer!  And then it’s onto the actual film.  Stay tuned.

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Why Write About The Other Woman?

“Is In The Mirror autobiographical?”

In The Mirror Front Cover Final May 4 300 DPI

This is the question that I hear most often from people who have read In The Mirror.  When I confess that the story is completely made up, most don’t believe me.  “It seems so real,” they say.  I take that as a compliment, because when I was writing In The Mirror, everything seemed real to me.

“Why did you write it?” is the next question.  And I say that In The Mirror came out of my desire to understand why and how a woman becomes “the other woman.”  What is it about married men that attracts her?  What does the other woman have to do in order to survive in that role?  What sustains the other woman in that role?  What role does the other woman play in an adulterous relationship?  What is the other woman’s thought process?  What power does the other woman have in an extramarital affair?  What impact does the other woman have on her married lover’s family, and indeed, on his own family?  How does the other woman see herself in this type of relationship?  How does the other woman not see herself?  Exactly who is the other woman?

In writing In The Mirror, I answered all of these questions and several more that I didn’t know needed to be addressed.  The answers are not easy, and I often found myself at odds with them.  But I learned a lot about the other woman.  And dare I say, I now understand her a lot better than I did before I wrote this book.

6th Annual African American Author’s & Empowerment Expo

Yesterday, I attended the 6th Annual African American Author’s & Empowerment Expo.  This wonderful event is the baby of Patricia Johnson-Harris, one of the hosts of  Authors Talk Live blog radio show.  Although she is not an author, Pat is a great supporter of authors.  This is my second year attending the Expo and it’s been a blessing.  I’ve connected with so many talented authors and the sweetest, most supportive readers.  You feel loved when you are at this event.  I am so thankful to be a part of it.  I can’t wait until next year.

CityLit Festival and Baltimore’s Uprising

This year I attended the 12th Annual CityLit Festival, which is held at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  It took place the Saturday after what is now known as “Baltimore’s Uprising.”  It was a difficult time for the Baltimore.  At CityLit, a number of authors and poets discussed their work and expressed their feelings about the riots and their love for Baltimore.

 

Wyzae Crankfield

Anyone who knows me knows that I love horror books and movies.  I blame it on my mother, who used to read Stephen King novels to her children when we were small.  One of the things I love most about horror are zombies.  I love watching zombie movies.  Don’t ask me why.  It’s just fun to watch.  So, you know I love The Walking Dead.  It is by far my favorite television show.

Recently, I had the fantastic opportunity to meet a guy by the name of Zomb-G, also known as Wyzae Crankfield.  And guess what.  He’s a zombie!  Yep!  And he’s from Baltimore.  So you know I had to interview him for This Is Baltimore, Too.  Wyzae Zomb-G is a very entertaining and interesting dude.  Check him out, and you will find that he is also very intelligent and inspiring.  You know that’s how we do at This Is Baltimore, Too.  So, check out his story and See What’s Good In Your Baltimore Neighborhood.

 

Etosha Bakari

This Is Baltimore, Too had the pleasure of interviewing Etosha Bakari.  She is wife, mother, track coach, and just a wonderful person.  Please check out her story.  You will not be disappointed.

This episode also features visual artist Randall Gornowich.  He does something very creative with balls from sweet gum trees.

Take a few minutes to become acquainted with these two very inspirational people from Baltimore.

Four Square

Kizmic’s Journey is all about loving and remembering your childhood.  Some of the things we remember the most are the games we played.  Four Square was one of those games.

 

Hand Games

Kizmic’s Journey takes us back to the 70’s when children played hand games.  I got together with my family and friends and went back down memory lane.