Binky - Coming Soon to Shorts.TV
Director: Stephen David Brooks
Screenwriter: Stephen David Brooks
BINKY is an intimate portrait of a woman (Lucy Jenner) on the verge of total collapse. She finds herself in a strange room, being interrogated by an even stranger man (Billy ‘Sly’ Williams). As the interrogator digs deeper into her damaged psyche she begins to sense a profound connection to him.
Cast / Crew Bios
Billy 'Sly' Williams Veteran of the small and large screen Billy Sly Williams landed his first major role as a guest star on The Cosby Show. This was the beginning of several guest star appearances on hit series such as Family Matters, Charles In Charge, Doogie Howser M.D., Beverly Hills 90210, Jag, Martin, NYPD Blue, The Practice, Living Single, Moesha, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Steve Harvey Show, Judging Amy, Wanda at Large, Dollhouse, The Cleaner, Californication, and Love That Girl just to name a few.
His feature film debut was in Predator 2. Williams’srole in an independent film, filmed in India, sparked an interest in independent films. He went on to star in theaward winning Heads N' Tailz. To date Williams has been in more than 30 feature films. He has taken his talents and experience behind the camera as a producer as well. His most recent projects slated for release in 2014, are feature films, "Flytrap" upon which he also co-produced, and "My Favorite Five". Slated for release in 2015 is a Suspense Thriller called "The Sin Seer", starring Isaiah Washington and Lisa Arrindell Anderson . In addition, in 2015, Williams is in an animated feature called "Bilal" upon which he is the voice of the lead character, Bilal.
LUCY JENNER'S screen debut came in the Martin Scorcese’s CASINO opposite Robert DeNiro.
Soon after Lucy starred in Patty Jenkins’ (Monster) AFI Thesis film VELOCITY RULES. Lucy first worked with director/writer Stephen David Brooks on his feature directing debut HEADS N TAILZ.
The world premiere of Stephen’s feature directorial debut HEADS N TAILZ was in Los Angeles at the 2005 Dances With Films festival, where the film won the Fusion Audience Award. Moving to Europe, HEADS N TAILZ screened at the Festival Du Cinéma De Bruxelles and the Swansea Film Festival in Swansea, Wales. HEADS N TAILZ also received a Special Jury Prize from The Festival Du Film De Strasbourg. HEADS N TAILZ also screened in a competition at the 2008 European Independent Film Festival in Paris, France and then the D.C. Independent Film Festival in Washington D.C.
Stephen’s short BINKY screened in the Shorts Corner at the 2014 The Cannes Film Festival and had its US premiere at Dances With Films, showing at the legendary Chinese Theater in Hollywood. BINKY also won the Best Screenplay and Best Actress Awards at the 2014 Monaco International Film Festival and an Award of Merit from Best Shorts.
Stephen’s second feature FLYTRAP had its World Premiere at ECU The European Independent Film Festival in April and won the Best Non-European Independent film prize as well as the prestigious Remi Award from Worldfest Houston, the same award given to Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch, George Lucas, and The Coen Brothers.
Stephen’s original screenplay CARJACK has just been optioned. Stephen is also attached to direct his UK based supernatural thriller JACK BE DEAD.
Billy 'Sly Williams
as the Interrogator
Lucy Jenner as Wendy
Stephen David Brooks
Director / Screenwriter
Binky Director’s Statement
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Binky Media Kit (PDF)
The reasons for making a film are myriad, complex, and ultimately, mysterious. BINKY was borne out of a conversation with an ill friend. Our discussion of what, if anything, comes next was the subject of much conjecture and debate.
In reality, we couldn’t answer the basic questions of existence. We could only speculate. It is out of this conversation that BINKY was created. It is merely an attempt to explain what comes next. Or, perhaps, it is more about how we choose to live out this life, how we choose to treat the people who touch our lives that is the answer.
Perhaps we have been asking the wrong question all along.
David R. Hardberger started in the Universal Optical Department and then moved to Robert Abel and Associates doing the "7UP Butterfly Girl" commercials. He then went on to work with Douglas Trumbull (CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, BLADERUNNER, STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE, BRAINSTORM). and Industrial Light & Magic (RETURN OF THE JEDI, STAR TREK II – WRATH OF KHAN, WILLOW).
Continuing in VFX doing miniatures as a DP for Digital Domain (DANTE'S PEAK), 3 Foot Six (LORD OF THE RINGS) and a variety of other visual effects houses including the renowned Skotak Brothers. After returning from New Zealand, David transitioned into live action working as a 2nd unit DP, a cinematographer on several documentaries and a unit manager for two independent feature films.
He currently is working with Stephan David Brooks on several projects; BINKY, FLYTRAP (feature film) and GOON (a screenplay he co-wrote that is in development). David lives on the Central Coast of California near San Luis Obispo with his wife and two cats.
David R. Hardberger
Director of Photography
Brittany Mayti is an Actor and Producer from Cleveland, Ohio. She has co-produced a short film named BINKY written, directed, and produced by Stephen David Brooks and has also produced his latest feature film slated to release in October 2014, FLYTRAP. Brittany has been in numerous of plays performed in Cleveland and Los Angeles. Her most recent Los Angeles stage role is in Don B. Welch's "The THE LIVING QUARTERS. She also appears in the upcoming film 4 PLAY written, directed and produced by Paul D. Hannah. Brittany is co-starring alongside Nollywood’s, Van Vicker, in an upcoming film named THE HEARTBREAKER'S REVENGE.
Tamara Johnson got her first tape recorder at age ten and has been "n love" with sound ever since. Her resume includes feature films, television, documentaries, music videos, web series and anything else that "makes noise."