Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Westwood Park creator seeks funding for new crime drama

It's been 20 years since Danielle Diffenthaller made a splash on local television with the popular Westwood Park series.

Now, she is back with a new dramatic crime series but needs funding to complete the pilot.

A trailer for Plain Sight hit social media platforms this week as Dieffenthaller initiated a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise US$35,000. She needs to raise US$100,000 to complete the pilot. 

Dieffenthaller and her crew began production on the pilot in late 2016 but had to stop abruptly because one of their funders cut their funding dramatically without warning.

So told Loop she took some time to regroup and is now at the point where she's ready to take the next step.

Her hope is that the campaign will renew interest in the series, bolster her team, and help them raise much-needed money.

The eight-part dramatic series is based on the complex relationship between two highly motivated, bright, and ambitious characters that grew up together, only to become arch rivals, since one became a ruthless mafia leader and the other a shrewd forensic scientist/ detective.

Both are fighting for what is best for their community, but obviously, one’s method is lawful and the other’s is not. They are both in their early 30s. The Mafia leader is James, who has been disillusioned by government policies, sociological prejudice and economic inequalities. Through James, we are introduced to a cast of characters that straddle several socio-economic groups.

The detective, Sarah, is a highly educated woman who won a scholarship straight out of high school for a prestigious university in North America. After a tumultuous childhood and some prodding from her father, she left Trinidad and barely looked back. She left Trinidad to further her studies abroad and was snatched up by a foreign CSI and was well on her way to success when she receives a phone call from Trinidad that her sister has been murdered. From that moment, the focus of her life shifts forever and puts her on a direct collision course with James.

The series as a whole works toward the dramatic climax when Sarah eventually comes face to face with her emotional connection with James, and her sense of morality and justice. As they focus intensely on each other, the people in both their lives must live in the here and now - against the backdrop of a seemingly idyllic island where danger lurks just beneath the surface, and criminals hide in plain sight.

Plain Sight stars Marie-Ange Ramirez, Natacha Jones, Valmike Rampersad and Sean Michael Field.


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