ALABA Insider's Guide
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Written and Directed by Mark Houghton
TOMAS BOYKIN as Alaba DAVE ROBERSON as Byron
KARIMAH WESTBROOK as Angela MALICK DIOUCK as John
Financing: Awaiting Executive Producer Commitment Specifications: HD 2:35-1 Theatrical Feature, 22 shooting days Shooting Locations: Downtown Los Angeles/Beverly Hills/Venice To Date: Complete Script * Initial locked locations * Initial locked cast Partnerships: Producers are seeking financing Underlying Material: Original Screenplay
SYNOPSIS When Hollywood super agent Barry Clark's prized client (Reverend Byron Keyes), a prominent Inglewood minister becomes influenced by a mysterious African stranger (Alaba Ibori), his entire world begins to unravel. Neurotic, obsessed and fame driven, Barry will go to any length to ensure that Reverend Keyes stays focused on the goal: namesake global worship. Tension builds as Alaba intuits that Reverend Keyes begins to question his own integrity and harbors doubts about the merits of signing on with Barry's powerful agency. When inquiries into Ibori's identity yield nothing, Clark takes matters into his own hands and has Alaba abducted. During an intense interrogation, the African suffers several injuries but refuses to give out any details as to his origin or associates, saying only that he has come to help Reverend Keyes. When Keyes wife has a spiritual awakening in the hospital, the minister is forced to see a side of himself that is less than flattering and as a result, is humbled into a state of awakening himself. Alaba affects the lives of all with whom he comes in contact as this film aims to highlight the healing power of love, which all of us possess within.
WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER MARK HOUGHTON Mark Houghton is a self-taught filmmaker right out of the Cassavetes/Kiarostami school. His first feature was the meditative crime piece HUM (88 min 2006), shot in guerrilla style on the streets of Los Angeles. Since then he has been writing prolifically, and currently has numerous projects in various stages of development. Along the way, he has also directed several plays and short films. In 2003, he formed his own independent production company, Mahto Pictures International, LLC. Houghton began his acting career in 1981 studying with various teachers; among them Uta Hagen, Bobby Lewis, Charlie Laughton, Jack Waltzer and Mira Rostova. He was selected for the Willamstown Theatre Festival in 1987 after working in the theater in NYC. He has performed onstage in Los Angeles, New York and London, England. During his extensive film and television career, he has worked with such notables as John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson, Dana Delany, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Garner, Brian Cox, Jennifer Beals and Jack Palance, along with directors Brian De Palma and Nicolas Winding Refn.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CHRISTINE WILSON Christine was born and raised in the hills of Marin, though her parents and family were from San Francisco, enabling her to have the best of both worlds. She attended San Domenico, known for its intense discipline in curriculum and performing arts programs. Rapidly excelling as a classical pianist, her frequent performances caught the attention of respected musical director, the late Faith France, and at age 10, Christine became the youngest student ever to be taken under her wing, which included the coveted opportunity to play Davies Symphony Hall. Later in life, she managed several bands and musicians yet also had a flair for promoting. When Terry McGovern noticed her distinguishable voice, he encouraged her to get behind the mic as a voiceover artist. Since then, shes guest DJd on San Franciscos universally-broadcasted KSANs 107.7 THE BONE, and delights in taking advantage of the
standing invitation to drop in and stir things up live for their worldwide audience. Her passion for photography and capturing live performance finds her shooting stills and videos of arena acts as well as for well-known SF/Bay Area musical talent. Most recently, she was chosen to contribute footage to the 2013 documentary ONE DAY ON EARTH. It was her discipline, work ethic and meticulous approach to detail that caught writer/director Mark Houghtons attention while collaborating on a mutual project. Christine is pleased to bring her skillset to the creative team of his latest project ALABA, and is honored to be a producing partner in his production company, Mahto Pictures International.
LINE PRODUCER HENRIETTA SPARKS Henrietta Sparks grew up in Northern California where she spent her formative years playing music and shooting home movies for fun. Upon graduating from high school, she decided to study cinema at San Francisco State, where she discovered a career in film making was the way to go. Moving to Los Angeles shortly after graduating, she became a full time office coordinator but has since emerged as a freelance production manager that currently produces her own web show called Dispatches from the Hood. Getting her start as a production assistant on Miami Vice and working her way up the production ladder through such roles as accounting, coordination and 2nd AD'ing, she soon found herself in the roles of production manager and line producer. With a great understanding of all aspects of production and beyond, Henrietta is a fearless visual artist that doesn't see roadblocks, only challenges. With countless years spent on Bollywood films, indie features, super-low budget music videos and web shows, there is nothing that could shock or rock her foundation. Striving to work on projects with great messages, entertainment value and substance, Henrietta finds herself part of the ALABA team.
PRODUCTION MANAGER ALICE FOYER Alice is an experienced Production Manager who studied at Cornell University and The American Film Institute. Over the last 13 years she has continued to accept freelance budget assignments while also working at major studios (Sony and Fox) and small independent companies as a production manager and/or production coordinator. Each of these positions required her to be the nexus of information in busy production offices;
her speciality is the ability to assemble, analyze and disseminate vast amounts of information efficiently. While still in film school she started a business that specialized in creating production schedules and budgets for independent filmmakers, providing them with essential components of their investor prospectus such as script breakdown, shooting schedule and a detailed budget.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY DOUGLAS GORDON Douglas Gordon is a director and director of photography whose credits include narrative films, documentaries and music videos. These projects have allowed him to work throughout the US and overseas including France, UK, India and Uganda, as well as South China where he acted as director of photography for a NASA funded documentary. His feature film credits include THE MUSE (a supernatural drama), CLIMBING WITH PRIDE (a documentary that captures the largest LGBT rock climbing convention in the world called Homoclimbtastic), and the upcoming action drama, LAZARUS RISING. It is the spirit of collaboration and a passion for the craft that drives Doug on set and he is looking forward to helping bring ALABA to the screen.
EDITOR JESSIE FOWLER Jessie has been digitally editing for six years; it is her passion, profession, hobby and everything in between. She is originally from South Jersey where she started her own independent film business (JFProductions). A year ago, she moved to LA to study at California State University Long Beach and work in independent film. She has two amazing parents who together have raised and supported her throughout her journey as an editor, and continue to do the same to this day, as she constantly works to grow, learn and perfect her craft. With this, her first full length feature, Jessie looks forward to editing ALABA and collaborating with all involved on this exciting project.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER STEPHANIE VALSEK Educated as a filmmaker at Lodz University in Poland and also a graduate of the Vanderhaven School of Architecture in Amsterdam, Stephanie has worked as a production designer in Europe for over 10 years. She brings with her an unending creative capacity and a deep knowledge of the history of film. A recent arrival to the U.S., Stephanie is looking forward to working on her first American feature, ALABA.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING and P.R. MATTHEW THOMPSON As a young child, watching "The Wizard of Oz", Matthew promised himself that he would go on to work in the film industry. In high school and college, Matthew starred and directed several theatrical productions and student films, often handling all of the marketing and publicity for the projects. This experience led him down a different path, as he opened his own boutique marketing firm, specializing in social media. All things come full circle, however, and Matthew was put in touch with Mark Houghton through mutual business contacts, allowing him to read the script ALABA. Now, as the director of marketing and P.R. on the production, Matthew is able to marry his love of film, with his knowledge of public relations and social media, and use his expertise to promote and elevate this amazing independent cinematic endeavor.
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