CRUISING

When a 17-year-old boy and a man old enough to be his father fall in love with each other, finding a quiet spot aboard the cruise ship they're on becomes a real challenge.

Screenwriter:  Saba

Genre:  romantic-drama - LGBT feature film                            95 pages

 

    Aboard a cruise ship sailing to the Bahamas, Kevin, 17, decides to watch the ship's departure from the large observatory. While looking at the Manhattan skyline, a man in his early 40's wearing a leather jacket and a Mohawk catches Kevin's attention. The man is filming the buildings passing by and his friend is talking to him, so neither notices the somewhat shy Kevin enamored by the cute guy. After a seemingly long dinner with his brother, his mom, and his step-dad, Kevin is finally free to wander on his own. He initially pretends to go with a group of teenagers, but is determined to find the guy. The image of his Mohawk and leather jacket makes Kevin shiver with anticipation and he's willing to search the whole ship to find him. After many hours, when he's almost ready to give up, Kevin spots the man and without hesitation walks up to him. The guy looks at him and smiles, but the music is so loud it is challenging to talk. Regardless, Kevin wants to meet this man, but the only conversation starter he can think of is to ask if his septum piercing hurt when he had it done. The man smiles and laughs while shaking his head no. Kevin sits down next to the guy to listen to the live band playing 80's rock 'n' roll songs. The man can see that Kevin is flirting, even though neither one is talking. After an agonizing moment, Kevin again tries to start a conversation by saying that he eventually would like to have the same piercing. The man smiles and asks if Kevin is even legal. When Kevin confidently explains that most states allow sex after 16, the man laughs and whispers his name in Kevin's ear. "I'm André."

Official Selection for Best Screenplay at the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2016
Award Winning Feature Screenplay at the International Indie gathering Film Festival 2015
Official Selection in the Feature Screenplay Competition at the Big Pride Los Angeles Film Festival
Official Selection in the Feature Screenplay Competition at the Big Pride Los Angeles Film Festival
Official Selection in the Feature Screenplay Competition at the Big Pride Los Angeles Film Festival
About A Week

Witnesses of a murder, Rye and Alice escape together and hide.

 

Screenwriter:  Saba

Genre:  comedy-drama feature film                                             96 pages.

 

        Rye, a small-time, local drug dealer, overhears his cousin Vinny planning a big drug deal on the phone. From curiosity and boredom, he hides out at the meeting place to see what will happen. After easily stealing both the money and the drugs, Rye witnesses a gruesome murder. Five minutes later, Alice, an eleven-year-old runaway, encounters the distraught and irrational Rye, who then steals a car and begins driving around the city. With nothing better to do, Alice comes along for the ride. She saw the body and knows Rye since he's been sleeping with her sister in exchange for drugs. Alice insists on being told what happened in the woods. Rye finally stops the car and, in a violent flashback, vividly narrates the murder he witnessed. This short adaptation of a feature-length script written by Saba offers a glimpse of burnt-out Rye and independent, precocious Alice. These two flamboyant characters agree to stick with one another until the murder is solved. But Vinny might try to find Rye and who knows what he'll do in his desperation to get his money back?

Award Winning Feature Screenplay at the International Indie Gathering Film Festival 2013
Award Winning Comedy Drama Short Film at the International Indie Gathering Film Festival 2012
Award of Merit for a Leading Actor at the Los Angeles, La Jolla IndieFest 2012