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Lorenzo DeStefano

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Lorenzo DeStefano
Born (1952-09-17) September 17, 1952 (age 67)
Honolulu, Hawaii
🏳️ Nationality
Other names
💼 Occupation
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Photographer

💵 Salary :
📆 Years active  1970s-present
🌐 Websitelorenzodestefano.com

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lorenzo DeStefano is a playwright, screenwriter, producer, director and photographer. A member of the Directors Guild of America and past member of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild, DeStefano has worked in U.S. and U.K. Theater, written fiction & non-fiction, original screenplays and adaptations, and produced and directed documentary and narrative films.

He is producer/director of the 2018 Humanitas Prize-nominated documentary feature, “Hearing is Believing,” about the astonishingly talented young musician and composer, Rachel Flowers. He produced and directed “Los Zafiros – Music From The Edge Of Time”, an award-winning film about the Beatles of 1960s Cuba. DeStefano also produced, directed and edited the acclaimed public television documentary “Talmage Farlow”, a portrait of the great American jazz guitarist.

His current narrative feature projects as producer-writer-director are “Shipment Day”, a filmed adaptation of his prize-winning play, and “The Diarist”, the true story of the Boston eccentric Arthur Crew Inman and his 17 million word “Inman Diary,” published by Harvard University Press. DeStefano is ALSO producer-writer of the fact-based urban thriller “221 Finchley Lane”, set in London and South India and adapted from his novel. He is in pre-production on the short narrative film “Stairway to the Stars”, based on his one-act play.

SCREENPLAYS include “The Diarist”, “Shipment Day”, “Stairway to the Stars”, “221 Finchley Lane” “Lads”, “Deep Inside”, “Cropper’s Cabin” (from the novel by Jim Thompson), “Appointment in Samarra” (co-writer, from the novel by John O’Hara), “Waiting for Nothing”, based on the novel by Tom Kromer, and “Creeps” (from the play by David E. Freeman).

PLAYS include the one-acts “Stairway to the Stars” & “Shipment Day”. DeStefano’s full-length plays include “Shipment Day”, the true story of his cousin, Olivia Robello Breitha, a teenage girl diagnosed with leprosy in 1930s Honolulu. “221 Finchley Lane” tells the true story of a young Dalit man from India held captive in an upper caste Brahmin household in North London. “Camera Obscura” is a dramatization of The Inman Diary. Developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, the play received its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London, both productions helmed by the celebrated English director Jonathan Miller. “The Inman Diaries”, a chamber opera based on DeStefano’s play, received its world premiere in September 2007 at the Intermezzo Opera Company, Boston. “Providence” is DeStefano’s stage adaptation of the screenplay by the late English dramatist David Mercer.

FICTION includes the novel “221 Finchley Lane.”

NON-FICTION includes the short story, “Hitchhike”, the memoir “Visitations–Finding A Secret Relative In Modern-Day Hawai’i”, “Callé Cero–An Encounter with Cuban Film Director Tomas Gutierrez Alea” (Cuba Update), “Diary of a Nobody” (The Guardian), and the photographic memoir “Cubanos – Island Portraits” (Museum of Latin American Art).

THEATER DIRECTING includes “Shipment Day”, “Providence”, the 25th anniversary Los Angeles production of William Inge’s “Natural Affection”, Horton Foote’s “The One-Armed Man”, “Jitters” by David French, the world premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s “Conversations with the Spanish Lady”, and the world premiere of “Twisted Twain”, the one-man show by Bill Erwin.

FILM EDITING includes “Dreamscape,” “That Championship Season,” “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” “Winners Take All”, “Body Rock”, “Thrashin”, “The Killing Time” and “Gingerale Afternoon.” DeStefano was Supervising Film Editor and a Producer and Director for the four-season run of “Life Goes On,” the ABC/Warner Brothers drama series starring Patti Lupone, Bill Smitrovich, Christopher Burke and Kelli Martin.

PHOTOGRAPHY – As a teenage street photographer in Honolulu, DeStefano chronicled the diverse multi-cultural island life where he grew up. His early black & white thematic work included “Rest Homes Hawai’i” and “Leahi Hospital – Children’s Ward”. He continued to freelance in California before turning his attention from still photography to film. He credits his journeys to Cuba starting in 1993 with reawakening the photographer in him. His traveling exhibition, “La Hora Magica / The Magic Hour – Portraits of a Vanishing Cuba”, has been shown extensively in Cuba as well as in New York, Chicago, London, Havana, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. The entire photographic archive of DeStefano’s work in Cuba, “Cubanos - Island Portraits”, was acquired in 2016 by The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, and is now in their Permanent Collection. Many of Lorenzo’s photographs have been licensed for print, CDs, TV & Film, including for HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and for the Warner Brothers film, “Queen of the Damned”.

DeStefano is founder of the Ventura Film Society, a California-based cinema cooperative bringing people together in the dark since 2008.


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