Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Called family, friends, and neighbors to do a reading of my screenplay, City of Redemption by June Ahern from the novel of same title.

Lots of fun with a jerky start, totally amateurs at play - except for our star reader, Shannon Briesach, the only real actor who suffered and laughed along with us.

In this Youtube video of Liz MacKay meets her new family or as she calls it her "Odd Family" - the commune she is now in.

With a table top read screenplays come to life and what isn't working is heard and seen, what is working drives the ambition on to see the story on screen. This screenplay was also read by "real" actors in Hollywood around the same time. Their videos didn't work out. But they LOVED the characters and storyline.

City of Redemption takes place in two locations, Glasgow, Scotland and San Francisco, California 1967 - Summer of Love. The screenplay is focused on San Francisco. It is about a lonely young woman seeking an opportunity for a new life after her young son is kidnapped and murdered and she had a role in that. For more about the story go to my website june ahern dot com

Matchboxes were used for more than matches in the 1960's What else were they used for? Excerpt from novel at end of blog.

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Thanks for checking in! See you at the screening  - someday, right? 

Excerpt City of Redemption Liz and Cat where adorable space-out  Cat sells matchboxes.

"A radio played in the background. A man’s deep radio voice was giving the news “Guardsmen were called out to aid police in Detroit's racial violence. Now a word from our sponsor.” A male voice sings the Brylcreem jingle,

Cat plunked down on a chair and picked up the plastic bag of grass. She opened the bag and stuffed some marijuana into a matchbox. “A little dab will do ya. Use more only if you dare,” she sang along with the Brylcreem jingle.
“What’s with the wee matchboxes?” asked Liz.
“I sell them at the high schools. You know the kids don’t got much money so Ricky makes it easy for them.”

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