Cuckoo for Cinema

film reel
As a lifelong fan and lover of cinema, with movies of all kinds being a nourishing staple in my diet, I am excited to announce that I am going to be directing a short film I wrote, titled: Ballad of the Cuckoos. An existential torch song meets Laurel and Hardy in the Twilight Zone. Or: A man and pregnant woman find themselves trapped in a children’s room, with no memory of who they are and how they got there. What ensues is a surrealist romance in which full lives are created inside a single-room universe.
The film will star Rita O’ Connell and Clint Murphy, and I am grateful to have the experience and technical savvy of longstanding industry professional, Troy Paff, who will be the film’s Director of Photography and Camera-man. The film score will comprise original compositions from my Brooklyn brother and childhood pal, Anthony Distefano, an amazing musician and composer, whose haunting and etheric soundscapes were tailor-made for cinema. Cuckoos will also feature the bittersweet dreamfolk of Taos-based band, Art of Flying.
We will be launching a fundraising campaign at the end of June, as it takes a village to raise indie projects into the light, and in this case it will take a village of cuckoos to wing along with us and help raise our baby from the conceptual ground floor to the big screen. Our goal is to shoot the film late summer, and we will be assembling a tech/production crew, which will include a set designer who will be constructing our customized, one-room “set” from scratch. There’s gonna be a lot of folks involved, and a lot of creativity shared, in making this cinematic Cuckoo fly, and I am psyched for the process and its many cycles and phases.
I leave you with the fool’s wisdom dispensed by Mr. Ray Bradbury many moons ago: “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
May your wing-building and cliff-diving be graced by spirit and charged by heart. And may you become brightly, radically, unrepentantly you. God & goddessbless!

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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