Private

A down and out Detroit private eye confronts his past and the class system in this up close and personal drama. Sally Danforth (Sandy Bainum) has hired Jim Calloway (Steve Blackwood) to find her missing husband. But when Sally goes in for an update, a waterfall of truth and social issues brings Jim to face the biggest decision of his long and lackluster career.
Award-winning actors Steve Blackwood and Sandy Bainum bring to life Blackwood’s latest dramatic short, in this stark look at the then repressed social and sexual abuse issues, styled in homage to the 40’s and film noir.

  • Steve Blackwood
    Director
    Meet the Author; Stuck
  • Steve Blackwood
    Writer
    Meet the Author; Stuck
  • Steve Blackwood
    Producer
    Meet the Author; Stuck
  • Bob Tourangeau
    Producer
    Namaste; Meet the Author; Alternate Ground
  • Michael David Kehoe
    Producer
  • Sandy Bainum
    Producer
    Friendly Neighborhood Coven; Stuck; Donna
  • Joan Punt
    Producer
    Meet the Author
  • Scott A. Smith
    Producer
  • Devi Morgan
    Producer
    Like Daughter, Like Mother; Fresh Air
  • Kenneth C. DeMarco
    Producer
    Mob Ghost
  • Elaine Victoria Grey
    Producer
    Capture
  • Steve Blackwood
    Key Cast
    "Jim Calloway"
    Meet the Author; Stuck; Days of Our Lives; Machine Gun Preacher
  • Sandy Bainum
    Key Cast
    "Sally Danforth"
    Criminal Minds; Stuck; Friendly Neighborhood Coven
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Film Noir, Drama
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 9, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Steve Blackwood

Steve Blackwood was born on May 13, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Stephen C. Blackwood. He is an actor and writer, known for Stuck (2020), Meet the Author (2018) and Days of Our Lives (1965).

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Director Statement

PRIVATE is an exploration of alcoholism, child abuse, and homicide through the lens of 1949 Detroit.

My intent was to make an homage to both film noir and the private detective genre...with a modern twist...to set it in my own hometown of Detroit, Michigan, and to make it Personal.

It was a joy to work with Broadway's ( 42nd STREET/ GAME CHANGE) Sandy Bainum as our femme fatale. Although I have performed in studio films and network TV, creating my own films has been the highlight of my career.

Our last film STUCK ( 16 awards 26 festivals- nominated BEST COMEDY@Beaufort International Film Festival 2/17/22 and MEET THE AUTHOR (LONDON SHORT COMEDY FESTIVAL) were multiple award winners and BLACKWOOD PRODUCTIONS is grateful to them all.

Thank you for considering our film for your festival, we would be honored by your selection.