VERSE: A Murder Mystery
VERSE: A murder mystery. When a young poet discovers a lost manuscript, he is drawn into the New York City literary world with the only key to an unsolved, 30-year-old murder. Starring Jon Sands, Angel Nafis and Mark Greenfield. Produced by Rattapallax Productions. Directed by Ram Devineni. Script by Susan Brennan. Music by Shira E. & the Tiny Tornadoes.
LA Webseries Festival Winner for Best Script in a Dramatic Webseries: Susan Brennan and Best Musical Score in a Dramatic Webseries: Shira Erlichman. Selected for 2011 International TV Festival in Los Angeles.
“VERSE packs some onamatopoaic mystery, metaphoric wildness, and the poetry story line is in the mouths and imagination of some very talented folks. Kudos to Ram Devineni for taking the syllables and images of verse to the movies.” – Anne Waldman, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Jon Sands (Jon) is a spirited spoken-word poet and New York City bike messenger living on the edge. He stumbles upon a manuscript that will lead him through a dark maze of the past.
Angel Nafis (Angel) is a young poetry graduate student who works at Poets House. She jumps at the opportunity to uncover the arcane life of a forgotten poet.
Mark Greenfield (Mark) is a reckless, hot-tempered poet on the brink of major career success unless the past avails to haunt and destroy him.
Lamont B. Steptoe (Lamont)
is a radical poet from the 1970’s who served time for firebombing a
Vietnam recruiting center. Paranoid and dangerous, he fears the manuscript as a threat.
Bob Holman (Bob) is Angel’s eccentric professor and world renowned poet who knew Claire from the 1970’s NYC poetry scene. He inadvertently helps Jon track down the murderer.
Julie Berndt (Mary) was once a member of the Poets Freedom Project, but now a middle-class housewife who sold out her radical principles for a stable life. The manuscript risks exposing her past to her family and rekindles long-lost memories and regrets.
Sophia Holman (Claire) was a young poet who was murdered in the early 1970s. Her lost manuscript is the center of the story and Jon’s obsession.
John Giorno (John) is a poet and performance artists and Beat writer William S. Burrough’s friend. Together they found Claire’s body hanging in Burrough’s BUNKER .
Taylor Mead (Taylor) is the infamous hoarder poet and former Andy Warhol movie star, who drops Jon and Angel an enticing clue.
Bill Kushner (Bill) is the dead poet who held part of the famous manuscript.
OTHER CAST: Maggie Balistreri, Joelle Hann, Jyrki Ihalainen, Eileen Myles, Kurt Boone, Steve Cannon, Stacy Szymaszek, Jared Singer, Brian Moreland, Rolando Torrens, Jennifer Chapis, Susan Brennan, Ed Zeizel, Josh Goldfaden, Leonardo Novik and Boaz Novik.
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Watch VERSE on a new cable network called YouToo TV. It is on a show called “KoldCast Presents” and premiering on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox, and Brighthouse reaching 15 million subscribers. The network Call Sign is YOUTV.
DRUNKEN OASIS by Claire Wilks. Edited by Susan Brennan. “Seeing Claire Wilks’ poems after so many years is like seeing New York City in the turbulent, exuberant times we shared, when being young and an artist was everything, and the Only Thing! I see her: Claire, the quintessence of New York poetry — fierce, enraged, ecstatic, iconoclastic. And now that we finally have Drunken Oasis, she will be forever remembered in her prime.” –BOB HOLMAN, winner of the American Book Award for Aloud! Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
CLAIRE WILKS was a downtown poet in New York City in the 1970’s. This is her lost collection of poems, which were recently discovered and published 36-years after she was murdered. Learn more about the book and Claire Wilks at “Murdered Poet Resurrected By Internet Series, VERSE.“