ATLANTA, GA Award-winning author and filmmaker David-Matthew Barnes has penned an original screenplay titled Made from Scratch, a story for and about women. The independently produced film will soon be shot on location in Atlanta.
In the film, the lives of four women merge causing each to experience a life-changing moment of truth. Longing for her former wild days as a party-hopping powerful executive, Claudia Veramonte (Heather Brant) secretly strategizes her escape from her dull life as a Southern housewife. Refusing to rely on welfare, Tameka Walker (LaKisha Long) struggles with working two jobs, attending night school, and raising her nine-year-old-son. When summoned home by her estranged mother, Victoria Alvarado (Lisann Valentin) realizes what's missing in her life is love: a realization prompted by the sudden admission by a female colleague that Victoria is the not-so-secret object of her desires. After Sahara Mobley (Mallorie Halsall) accepts a proposal from a man she's only known for three months in order to escape her overly dependent mother, Sahara quickly realizes her marriage is a mistake. Made from Scratch is a film every woman can identify with: it's about the importance of sisterhood and the strength of friendship that you sometimes need just to survive.
Barnes’ first film was Frozen Stars, also independently made that went on to receive worldwide distribution. Like Made from Scratch, his first film was also female-centric and featured a multicultural cast including a then unknown Lana Parrilla who has since shot to stardom on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. On the evening Parrilla recently won an Alma Award for her performance on the popular television series, she sent Barnes a personal message thanking him for giving her the first break she needed in the entertainment industry.
Barnes is no stranger to writing powerful roles for women. His all-female stage Sky Lines recently received a world premiere at the Producer’s Club in New York City. As the child of a single mother, Barnes says he’s determined to bring attention to the lives of women in the films he makes. “Women fascinate me on a creative level. I’m very committed to presenting the female characters I create in an authentic light.”
Made from Scratch features a multicultural, multigenerational cast of 18 women and 10 men that also includes Trish DeBaun, Tara Henry, Margaret Champagne, Kasey Williams, Alison Kendrick, Jessica Alexandra Green, E. Ambriz DeColosio, Ernesto S. Bustos, stand-up comic Logan McCoy, off-Broadway star Kimberly Faye Greenberg, teen sensation Zoe Myers, Latin heartthrob Danny Williams, and Atlanta actors Lisa Allender, Coral McGhee, Deborah Childs, Debi Kimsey, Joyce White, Wesley Arnold, Mark Anthony, and Lilton Moore, Jr. The film is being produced by Fairground CineFilms.