Minstrel’s Alley Preps The Blood Orange Novel for American Film Market

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Minstrel's Alley believes the American Film Market is an ideal place to pitch The Blood Orange to producers and distributors. The Los Angeles based media company believes the frenetic five day session as the kind of environment where no one wants to feel they walked away empty handed.

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The Big Orange captures the reality of modern day Los Angeles," said M.J. Hammond. "In this offbeat and character driven novel, the City of Los Angeles is a major character all to itself.

Minstrel’s Alley announced it was prepping its novel, The Blood Orange, for sale at the American Film Market, in early November. The Los Angeles based media company believes the five day event in Santa Monica provides access to the more than 1,0000 production companies that are not only looking to sell their currently produced films but are looking to hear pitches and buy new projects for future production.

“As a former film and television executive I understand the dynamics of the American Film Market,” said Minstrel’s Alley Publisher, M.J. Hammond. This is a great opportunity to meet with production executives and film distributors, to pitch them ideas and, in our case, hand them books we feel would make outstanding feature productions.

“I believe Minstrel’s Alleys has several books that could translate easily into excellent films,” said Hammond. “We believe The Blood Orange is just a natural for a film. More than any romantic mystery I’ve read in a long time, The Big Orange captures the reality of modern day Los Angeles. In this offbeat and character driven novel, the City of Los Angeles is a major character all to itself. This sultry thriller takes historic elements of the Old California and melds them with modern day Los Angeles. We see the divisions and dynamics of America’s most futuristic city.”

Hammond pointed out that Los Angeles is no longer just a city of glitz and glamour. It is more than just Tinsel Town. “This is one of the most influential cities in the world,” said Hammond. “In The Blood Orange, author, Gordon Basichis, writes of the internecine rivalries among the rich and powerful, which are layered over a city in possession of amazing cultural diversity. This is a great visual novel, detailing the multiple aspects of the city, its neighborhoods, and the lives of both the fabulously wealthy and the dreadfully desperate.

“At its core The Blood Orange is a love story, and a tale of redemption,” said Hammond. “Gordon Basichis articulates in this novel the kind of textured intensity that is so particular to L.A. We at Minstrel’s Alley believe the book will make a wonderful film. In the right hands, the film version of The Blood Orange has the potential to be a classic.”

Hammond noted that the American Film Market is an ideal place to pitch The Blood Orange to producers and distributors. She described the frenetic five day session as the kind of environment where no one wants to feel they walked away empty handed.

“The American Film Market is in our own back yard,” said Hammond. “The people who come to the Market are from around the world, but they are very familiar with Los Angeles. As the Blood Orange captures the very places where the people at the market have eaten, slept, and done whatever deeds that would rather not talk about, they will be able to relate to the story. The Blood Orange captures the very essence of modern day L.A. And that for many producers and distributors should prove irresistible.”

     Background: Minstrel’s Alley is a Los Angeles based independent publisher that seeks to bring adventure back into the publishing industry by publishing books that have popular appeal but with more complexity than the standard mainstream fare. The new publishing group distributes its books through Amazon, Kindle, and assorted Internet outlets as well as through bookstores around the country.    You can view Minstrel’s Alley at http://www.minstrelsalley.com

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