Burden of Privilege…..The Movie?

Posted by Wayne Sheppard On May - 27 - 2011

Dear friends, as an artist and teacher in addition to being a first time author, my heart’s desire and dream vision from the start 8 years ago was to have a book that could be used as a source to be adapted as a motion picture. In the last  four years as I have met so many wonderful people from William Carver Lennard, Ptolemy Tompkins, Pam Montgomery and of course Mr. Vernon Winfrey, to name only some,  the dream is moving closer to becoming a reality. Oprah, as some of you may know has stated more than once that she would love to act in additional meaningful movie roles and is now also interested in Broadway.

As I build contacts and friendships I have the Faith that Oprah and many others will get behind this project.  I envision Oprah playing the lead female role of 84 year old Leopa Williams, Tuskegee U. professor emerita who while in her early twenties was  entrusted with special secrets about nature from her beloved teacher and friend George Washington Carver months before he died in 1943.  Oprah’s character Leopa  becomes the spiritual mentor to Geoffrey Collins and his fiancee’ Eva.  Want to know more about the dream cast I have in mind? Please let me know. Any suggestions or advice will be gratefully received. I consider all of you an important part of the process. Thanks!

Meeting Mr. Winfrey

Posted by Wayne Sheppard On May - 24 - 2011

Our May 3 visit with Mr. Vernon Winfrey was like being in the presence of a tribal elder. He smiled broadly when I told him that.  Hazel, Mr. Winfrey and I shared an intimate and meaningful hour together sharing stories of our lives. Mr. Winfrey then accepted a book from me and said that he was not going to mail it to Oprah, he was going to hand it to her personally. All will work out as it is meant to. Very nice time with Oprah’s daddy.