WHY I WRITE STUFF FOR THE SCREEN:
I grew up in a TV household. We all gathered around on Saturday night to watch shows together. I knew from an early age that connecting to stories and characters in my living room was part of the magic of television.
Add to that the fact that my parents are educators – veterans of the New York City school system. They instilled in me the desire to help people, even in the toughest circumstances.
I’m passionate about creating TV and film projects that feature people trying to be helpful. I love characters who want to make the world a better place and who try to better themselves. If they make the wrong choices – they make them for the right reasons. I combine this with my interest in invisible things – the things people aren’t talking about like race, sexuality, politics, or religion. Sometimes my work is populated by ghosts, spirits, or energies that can’t be explained.
My original work features a multicultural world where out-of-the-box things happen and people are, above all, trying to help.
Here are some examples of my original work for the screen:
(2016) 41 minutes [web series]
Gwen (Tracie Thoms – Emmy nominee for this role) has the power to send black people back in time to the days of slavery. She’s already sent two people back – one never returned. Her husband, Peter (Steve Harper), is dead set against continuing this practice. But candidates are lining up for the opportunity.
Directed by Phyllis Toben Bancroft & Phil Kaufmann
Created by Steve Harper
(2020) 6 minutes
During a Covid-19 lockdown, Reed interrogates his sister, Nia, who has asthma, to find out if she went to a protest.
Written and Directed by Steve Harper
BETTY ON THE BED
(2006) 7 minutes
When a group of Spirit People arrive to take Betty to the other side, they discover
she may not be ready to make the trip.
Written, Produced and Directed by Steve Harper