Many authors are now creating short films to help promote their books. I decided to do it right, working with professional filmmakers Nelle Stokes and Jeff Butcher, camera operator Greg Farkas, and actor Carlie Nettles. I’m proud of the result: A Diamond Ruby “newsreel” that takes you back to the Roaring Twenties while introducing you to my tough, smart, and determined heroine.
But the trailer is just the beginning. I’m currently working on the script for a series of short follow-up films, containing all-original content and available only online, that will follow Ruby and her family’s progress from the end of Diamond Ruby up to the beginning of its sequel. Check back often for updates!
Jeff Butcher and Nelle Stokes are a husband-and-wife directing team from New York. Their indie comedy feature debut, Criminals, is about to be released on DVD by Lion Will. Jeff is a director and property master for independent feature leaders John Sayles, Jim Jarmusch, Michel Gondry, and others. Check out the trailer on YouTube. Nelle is an award-winning documentary videographer, teaching artist, and Founding Executive Director of Magic Box Productions, a leading media arts education nonprofit.
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