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Lorenzo DeStefano



 I first discovered The Inman Diary through a New York Times book review. What began as a fixation has grown into a deep exploration of the American psyche. Through Inman's obsessive efforts to capture time I have encountered a literary milieu and aspects of American and world history I had no inkling of before. As a result I now hold exclusive dramatic rights to the Inman Diary from Harvard University Press.

"CAMERA OBSCURA", my play based on the Inman Diary, was first developed at Seattle Repertory Theater in April of 2001 and received its world premiere in May 2002 at London's Almeida Theater, both collaborations with the renowned English director, Jonathan Miller (www.cameraobscuraplay.com). A documentary film, "FROM A DARKENED ROOM-THE STRANGE LIFE & TIMES OF ARTHUR CREW INMAN", is in progress (www.darkenedroomfilm.com). "THE INMAN DIARIES", a chamber opera based on my play, received its world premiere in 2007 at Boston's Intermezzo Opera Company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inman_Diaries). A published Biography of Arthur Inman is in development.

Throughout my career as a photographer, film editor, playwright, author and documentary filmmaker, I have always approached the world around me with what I believe to be a distinct and highly inquisitive point of view. The making of "HYPERGRAPHIA" embodies a major expansion of my work as a storyteller. My involvement with this fascinating true story, from the theater, opera and documentary film productions, now presents me with the opportunity of working with a supremely talented cast and crew to bring Arthur Inman's compelling diary world to the screen.

Lorenzo DeStefano


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Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Lorenzo DeStefano is a director member of the Directors Guild of America and past member of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild. He is producer/writer/director of the upcoming feature film “Hypergraphia”(www.hypergraphiafilm.com), based on “The Inman Diary” by eccentric Boston diarist Arthur Crew Inman (1895-1963), published by Harvard University Press.

"Los Zafiros / The Sapphires – Music From The Edge Of Time", is DeStefano’s award-winning music feature about the Beatles of 1960s Cuba (Vivendi Filmed Entertainment/Shout Factory, MVD Visual, Ballpark Distribution).

DeStefano produced, directed & edited the acclaimed PBS feature documentary "Talmage Farlow" (MVD Visual), a portrait of the great American jazz guitarist.

SCREENPLAYS include the originals "Finchley Dreams", "Lads", and “"Deep Inside". Adaptations include "Creeps" from a play by David E. Freeman, "Cropper’s Cabin" from the novel by Jim Thompson, and "Appointment in Samarra" (co-writer), from the novel by John O’Hara.

PLAYS include "Shipment Day", "Providence", from the screenplay by David Mercer, and “Camera Obscura”, a dramatization of The Inman Diary. Developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, “Camera Obscura” received its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London, both productions by the celebrated English director Jonathan Miller. "The Inman Diaries", a chamber opera based on DeStefano’s play, by American composer Thomas Oboe Lee, received its world premiere in Boston in September 2007 at the Intermezzo Opera Company.

OPERA - "The Inman Diaries", a chamber opera based on DeStefano’s play, “Camera Obscura”, received its world premiere in Boston in September 2007 at the Intermezzo Opera Company.

FICTION includes "Finchley Dreams", a harrowing tale of murder and modern slavery set in North London, and “The Clifton Incident”, about a young Hollywood couple whose house ceases to be their home when the former owner, a celebrated writer, returns.

NON-FICTION includes the memoir, "Visitations – Finding A Secret Relative In Modern-Day Hawai’i", "Diary of a Nobody" (The Guardian), the photographic memoir "La Hora Magica / The Magic Hour – Portraits of a Vanishing Cuba", and "Calle Cero – An Encounter with Cuban Film Director Tomas Gutierrez Alea"” (Cuba Update).

THEATER DIRECTING includes William Inge's "Natural Affection", Horton Foote's "The One-Armed Man", the world premiere of Robert Schenkkan's "Conversations with the Spanish Lady", and the world premiere of "Twisted Twain", the one-man show by Bill Erwin.

FILM EDITING includes "Dreamscape", “That Championship Season”, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, "The Killing Time"; and “Gingerale Afternoon". DeStefano was Supervising Film Editor and a Producer and Director on the ABC/Warner Brothers drama series "Life Goes On", starring Patti Lupone

PHOTOGRAPHY - DeStefano’s first thematic photographic series was "REST HOMES - HAWAII". His traveling exhibition, "LA HORA MAGICA/THE MAGIC HOUR - Portraits of a Vanishing Cuba", has been shown extensively in Cuba as well as in New York, London, Havana, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. His work in Hawai’i and Cuba, in a show titled "Two Islands", will be exhibited in Honolulu in 2014.

DeStefano is founder and director of The Ventura Film Society in Ventura, California, an alternative cinema cooperative whose mission is to bring people together in the dark.

Lorenzo DeStefano
www.hypergraphiafilm.com / www.lorenzodestefano.com
info@hypergraphiafilm.com / (805) 641-3845

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