THE STRANGER IN US – Local Drama At Frameline34

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The Stranger In Us, by local filmmaker and writer Scott Boswell, stands high in best screenplays at this year’s FRAMELINE34 film festival. San Francisco is the backdrop. The circumstances are tough for the three central characters, each in the dark night of the soul. And on the streets in this neighborhood, late at night, for some guys drifting in a tangle of needs – it can get darker.

The screenplay is an actor’s dream. Raphael Barker as “Anthony” is the ultimate boy-hustler-poet type. His role is complex – large on thought, huge on attraction. Barker’s role ranges extreme, he solicits sympathy and reproach. His tenderness and melancholy, passion and frustration flow from sweet to dangerous totally fast and with lyrical ease.

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Raphael Barker and Adam Perez

Adam Perez is “Gavin” – an 18-year-old escapee from Chico. He’s hustling on the street in Anthony’s neighborhood – you’ll know it when you see it – and surviving on stolen pizza. Gavin is emotionally entangled with Anthony. Gavin encourages Anthony to rob the john who picks him up on the street corner. For the hell of it. Perez is a strong newcomer and poetically beautiful. He is exciting as this fallen angel slipping into a history of crime, probably death. So, it’s back to Chico. Anthony finds Gavin at Grandma’s – his salvific restructuring has already begun. Barker and Perez pull at the heart during a final farewell.

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Scott Cox – as “Stephen”

Scott Cox is a fine actor. “Stephen” is a great role. Cox is rigid and controlled in Stephen’s identity as a design consultant who has enough cash flow to sustain the desirable Anthony. But Stephen has a few dark secrets teeming under his perfect and chiseled exterior – like, the lawsuit that may wind his ass way into prison. And sudden shifts into paranoid rage tantrums. Scott Cox knows how to brew an outburst. He is disturbing as he manipulates Anthony toward the next act of violent frustration. He is likewise as strong in the contrition and don’t-ever-leave-me moments.

The film is fabulously crafted, its subjects are challenging and hard, and the performances are true. The Stranger In Us needs to become available in DVD format.

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Click here to learn more about the director: Scott Boswell

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THE STRANGER IN US
USA, 2010, World Premiere.
Written and directed by Scott Boswell

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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