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SAMUEL BERNSTEIN c. 2017

 

 

 

 

Bobbies Girl

 

SAMUEL GARZA BERNSTEIN WORK

 

LATEST NEWS  August/September 2017 -- "Elephant & Castle" named Best Original Screenplay at the London Independent Film Awards following a Special Commendation from BIFA. The project is now with producer Joan Lane ("The King's Speech"). Recently worked on Nickelodeon's "Shimmer and Shine." Working for producers Dominique Telson and Leland Hardy on a true story feature, "Miracle on a String," and gearing up to pitch two new series: "WWJD?" and "The Secret Life of Danny Rizik." After readings of my new play "If You Are Reading This..." in New York and New Jersey, Broadway and film producer Michael Alden is now on board, guiding us the rest of the way. And Michael Alden is also coming on as the executive producer for my stage musical "Mr. Confidential," that premiered in a full developmental production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival at the Alice Griffin Theatre at the Signature Center with a sold-out run.

I grew up all over the world, living in Cairo, Honolulu, Austin, Phoenix, Albuquerque, New York, Los Angeles, and Ft. Collins, Colorado – and I dove into show business immediately upon graduating high school, moving to New York from Texas at the age of seventeen. After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts I began to work as an actor and singer, most notably playing the role of "Magaldi" in various productions of "Evita." Once I began writing, my first play, "The Liquidation of Granny Peterman," was produced in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times said, "Samuel Bernstein's insights into what keeps families together are as rich as a holiday pudding." While writing (and rewriting) the script that would become my first film, "Silent Lies," I worked on my first book, a photo-anthology called "Uncommon Heroes" that won a Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association. The film "Silent Lies," a dark, violent story about incest, caused a stir, and was banned in England until cuts were made. Though press materials for the film said otherwise, I was inaccurately referred to in newspaper articles as an "incest survivor." It got so much media attention at the time, that I was tempted to just go with it, but... I didn't.

My first television project, the Paramount/Showtime film "Bobbie's Girl," starred Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, and Jonathan Silverman. Ms. Peters received an Emmy nomination while the film received a G.L.A.A.D. nomination and a citation from The Advocate as one of the top ten television events of the year. While still working in television, I began a twelve-year odyssey into the world of Robert Harrison, the man who in 1952 created Confidential Magazine. My non-fiction book about Harrison and Confidential was named a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist and won an Hermes Creative Platinum Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction. After the book’s publication, composer David Snyder and I adapted the material into a stage musical that premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, playing a sold-out run at the Signature Center in Manhattan. By that point, my twelve years on versions of the project was double the six years Harrison spent as the actual publisher of the magazine itself. I'm co-founder of Babyhead Productions with husband Ronald Shore.