Lilac Papers

NY Independent Film and Video Festival

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Joey Vegas Productions, LLC a New York City based company.
Contact: Jeff Goldstein 917-570-0158


TAGLINE: “He made a decision…now he has to live with it.”

SYNOPSIS: A 32 year old man is dying of cancer and his mother Jean, his wife Debbie, his sister Anne & his brother Matt, struggle to maintain their own emotional stability as they watch each other fall apart.


DEBBIE (The Wife) STEFANIE BLACK, a recent graduate from NYU's Tisch School, Undergrad Drama. NYC theater: American Theater of Actors(Liz Swados's KASPAR HAUSER), Urban Stages(Yerma), The Lion Theater(Inappropriate) Regional credits: Williamstown Theater Festival(Ubu the King, A Drama, The WTF Cabaret), The Mainstreet Theater(Godspell and Smokey Joes Cafe) Film and Television credits: Medical Detectives, Ellipsus U.(animated series), Nihilistic Chick(Coney Island Film Festival, Trigger STreet productions short film festival) She has also studied at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London.

Jean consoling Debbie
Jean consoling Debbie.

JEAN (The Mother) STEPHANIE BRAXTON was born in Boston and migrated at a tender age to Havana, Cuba, where she grew up during the Revolution. She finished her schooling in Massachusetts, with a theatre degree from Smith College. She intended to go on to law school but was sidetracked by an offer from Helen Hayes to join her repertory company for a season in Hamilton, Bermuda. She worked happily in regional theatres ("Chapter Two" at Royal Poinciana Playhouse and the Dennis and Falmouth Playhouses; "Vanities" at the Coconut Grove; "Twelfth Night" at Syracuse Stage; "The Misanthrope", "Play's the Thing" and "Playboy of the Western World" at Stonybrook Playhouse; "Private Lives" and "Man and Superman at Richmond Museum Theatre), dinner theatres ("Come Blow Your Horn" in Dallas and "Star Spangled Girl" in Houston, Texas), and in New York ("Coocooshay" at The Public, "Othello" at The Actor's Studio and various workshop productions). She was seen in the film, "Death Wish" with Charles Bronson and numerous commercials and soap operas (Laurie on "Secret Storm" where she was responsible for defrocking a priest; Tara on "All My Children" where she couldn't make up her mind between Chuck and Phil; Winter on "Edge of Night" where she tried to hide her pornographic past from her D.A. fiance by homicidal means. Stephanie has guested on such shows as "Hill Street Blues", "The Jeffersons", "Dallas" and others, and as a series regular on "King's Crossing". While in L.A., she discovered writing was like playing ALL the parts! She has won several Emmys and Writer's Guild Awards for her work on daytime television (General Hospital, As The World Turns, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, Search For Tomorrow

ANNE (The Sister) SARA BRIANS, most recently, danced in the ensemble (Swing, Asst. Dance Captain & Phyllis u/s) of the Tony Award Winning Broadway Revival of 42nd Street. She has also performed with the World Famous Radio City Rockettes, including appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Donnie and Marie Show, The Today Show and The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Her tap sounds have been recorded for both the 42nd Street Commercial, directed by Nigel Dick, and for a Crest Commercial. Sara played a USO dancer in the film Proud, the first project of Tommy Hilfiger's Production Company, THEntertainment and based on Mary Pat Kelly's book and documentary Proudly We Served. She also appeared in an independent short film directed by Ron Daniels, entitled, Sana Que Sana.

Matt talks to Anne.

MATT (The Brother) JEFF GOLDSTEIN is the Founder/President of Joey Vegas Productions, and “The Lilac Papers” is his first stab at writing & producing. Seen as Alex, Samantha’s next door neighbor on “Sex and The City” and as a recurring Station Sgt. on Law & Order:SVU, Jeff recently completed the film “Death by Committee”, where he stars opposite Tovah Feldshuh (“Golda’s Balcony” currently on Broadway). Jeff also has a long list of professional theatrical credits including: Guys and Dolls, The Lisbon Traviata, Peter Pan, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago; and has been seen on the stages of: Southland Civic Opera Association, NYS Theatre Institute and Capital Rep. Jeff coaches under Austin Pendleton and is currently working on his second screenplay, a full feature for Julia Roberts. (She just doesn’t know it yet). It’s New York City circa 2004, a secretary who is told by God she is the reincarnated Mary Magdalene. Add a group of European Nuns searching for her, and some bad guys…and you have “Mary’s Dilemma”

DIRECTOR LERTSIRI BOONMEE, an Thai Independent Film Maker, his short film “THE OTHER HALF”, was seen in the 2003 New York International Independent Film Fest. He has an education background in both NY (Bronx Science and The New York Film Academy) and in Thailand (ABAC ST.Gabriels University) and applies his knowledge of Advertising and cinematography into his creativeness. Works of his include Film production, TV News Director and Editor, Video Games Production and Music Composer.

SOUND DESIGN/BOOM OP CHRISTOPHER BOLDON, has produced, performed and directed several stage shows and films. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he has appeared inprofessional productions of such shows as Little Shop of Horrors, 13, and Bloomer Girl and in Revolution Studio’s Anger Management starring Adam Sandler & Jack Nicholson. He produced the acclaimed Raw Footage for the New York International Fringe Festival, and directed Stage II’s production of Stephen Metcalfe’s Strange Snow. As an editor, Christopher has worked on independent films such as Missing Alison, Hot As You Can Take It, and The Karate Coordinator. He teaches Final Cut Pro for Apple Computers and lives in Brooklyn with his wife.


Ed & Arlene VanAmburgh, Julie VanAmburgh, Zack VanAmburgh, Mark R. Weaver, Dr. R.J. Parrotta, Austin Pendleton, Noel Rapisarda. This film was shot under a SAG contract.

“Although based on actual people and true situations, the events in this screenplay were taken totally from the imagination of the writer, and under no circumstances indicate the resulting behavior of the individuals.”