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OPOAA Photographs Featured by Screenwriter Claudia Adams

Posted on October 31, 2006 at 12:31 AM

Dear OPOAA,
I am a television/screenwriter/playwright who has specialized in the African American experience.  My credentials include the 1985 "Who Said It's Fair" two part episode of "Cagney & Lacey" that was nominated for numerous Beverly Hills NAACP Image Awards for its portrayal of blacks in the entertainment industry. It also won an Emmy for the writing.  

My play, "Police Officers' Wives" was produced at the Ventura Court Theatre in 1997 and was nominated for two Beverly Hills NAACP Excellence in Theatre Awards and won one. 

My most recent work, "GRANDMOTHER DOLL" an African American "true love" story, is about Elizabeth, an 82 year old woman who is fighting for custody of her great-grandchildren in an attempt to hold her family together.  She has a lover, Jake, who is helping her.  As the story unfolds the subplot is Elizabeth and Jake's 60 year love story.  They met in their twenties and fell in love when he was a musician, yet they both married others, Jake once and Elizabeth three times!  The screenplay is listed as a Quarterfinalist Winner in the 2006 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition.

http://www.slamdance.com/screencomp/winners_2006.asp

I am in the process of making some kind of announcement, probably a large postcard that I will be sending out to Hollywood, announcing the Slamdance Award in hopes of getting interest in the project from an agent or producer.  I know this is Emmy/Oscar worthy material if I can just get the attention of the right people.

I would like permission to use a few pictures from your incredible site on the front of the postcard.  It's as if I had seen your pictures beforehand and written the screenplay around them.  There's a line in the screenplay where Elizabeth describes her pride as she walks into Church on Jake's arm.  "You should see us walking into church.  Him in his pin striped suit.  MmmmMm!  He looks good enough to frost a cake with!"  LeNora Massey's photograph, CHURCH, is Jake and Elizabeth as I pictured them when I wrote that line! 

There are also numerous pictures submitted that I might like to use.  CUTE LITTLE GIRL is exactly how I pictured Elizabeth's 6 year old great granddaughter and BABY AND ME is similar to the title "GRANDMOTHER DOLL." (Elizabeth searches for an African American "Grandmother Doll" to give to her littlest great granddaughter when she realizes she's going to be adopted and they'll never see each other again!  She wants to leave the baby with something to remember her by) There are many more pictures that I may be able to use.

As I mentioned, I would be happy if you let me use any one of these pictures for a 5x7 postcard but if you give me permission to use more I will probably make an
8 1/2 X 11 collage.  Mainly because I can't make up my mind which ones I like better than the others!  They are all so wonderful!

I have attached the Sundance score card of GRANDMOTHER DOLL so you can be sure it is of the highest quality and something you'd like to be associated with!  I will definitely thank your site on the postcard for giving permission to use the photographs!

Thank you so much.   .
Sincerely,
Claudia Adams

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2 Comments

Reply yougahouka_123
4:55 AM on November 23, 2006 
good idea <br>good luck un your life
Reply lara (girl u dont no)
1:07 PM on November 22, 2006 
I think this site is a great idea!!!!!!