Docket 32357 is a narrative dramatic web series entering its second season. Docket began as a short film based on the first scene of an original stage play written by Eljon Wardally. The short enjoyed a successful festival run and built up a loyal fan base. Multiple audiences approached Eljon and I asking what happened after the end of the short. We knew the answer to that question and decided to turn the play into a seven episode web series. We chose the web series format because it was the most immediate and accessible platform to deliver for our new fans. If we chose to go the feature film route the project may never have seen the light of day. The internet allowed us to not only screen the web series, but was our main tool in fundraising as well.
The second season focuses on Alex Batista, an amoral defense lawyer, who has great ambitions of becoming New York City’s youngest assistant district attorney. Alex has put his professional goals ahead of everything including his estranged family. Lena, the love of Alex’s life, is doing everything in her power to mend the relationship between her boyfriend and his family. Alex’s career and personal life come at a crossroads when he takes on a high profile case that the entire city is watching including a very interested spectator. Docket 32357 asks the question what is the price for redemption.
We have developed seven new episodes with all new characters, locations and stakes. We wanted to outdo the first season on every level possible. There are eighteen characters as opposed to five. There are many more locations and more layers to this narrative. We have cast about 85% of the roles and are looking to enter production in mid-October. We are seeking private contributions and are developing a crowdfunding campaign as well. Our goal is to launch in mid January. We want Docket to become a standard in the burgeoning web series world. We want to provide the highest of production values, story construction and entertainment. We also want to find a larger distribution platform to give greater exposure to the series. We’re very excited to produce this new season.
Bio: Randy: Randy Wilkins is a two time EMMY Award winning, director, cinematographer and editor from the Bronx, NY. Shortly after receiving his B.A. in English from Franklin and Marshall College, Randy’s lifelong dream to play professional baseball was shattered after a significant injury. Under these tragic circumstances, he discovered a new passion: filmmaking. Befriending legendary filmmaker Spike Lee and by the director’s urging, Randy enrolled in NYU’s esteemed Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program where he earned a chair’s fellowship and a Master of Fine Arts in 2009.
Randy’s NYU thesis short film, “Osvaldo’s,” earned an exclusive license agreement with HBO for broadcast as well as numerous awards and festival screenings including Best Short Film at the Colorado Film Festival. Professionally, Randy has been raised through the legendary Forty Acres and A Mule Filmworks. Beginning as an editorial intern on “Inside Man,” Randy has worked on several Lee projects including “When the Levees Broke,” “Miracle at St. Anna,” “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise,” as well as various commercials. Mr. Wilkins' latest work, “Docket 32357 The Web Series,” based on the award winning short, is available now. The short enjoyed success on the festival circuit with numerous selections including Newport Beach, Phoenix, Hollyshorts and Urbanworld, while winning the inaugural Huffington Post Black Voices Breakthrough Theater Series Grand Jury Prize along with the Audience Choice Award at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville and a Best Short Film at the Florence Short Film Showcase. Randy earned two Emmys for his cinematography on the FOX 59 Promo "Indiana Made” and PIX 11 Promo “Lionel.” Wilkins is developing his first feature script “Pray for A Little More Spring" and preparing for Season Two of "Docket 32357 The Web Series," while serving as Editor on Lee's recent joints "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus," “Jesus Shuttlesworth” for ESPN, "The Greatest Catch" for ESPN, “Katt Williams Priceless” for HBO, "What Is The Triangle? A Spike Lee Orange and Blue Skies Joint" for the MSG Network and the new Andra Day music video "Forever Mine." Randy is currently in post production for his first ESPN 30 for 30 short slated to release in 2016.
Eljon: Eljon Wardally is a New York-based Playwright and Screenwriter whose current project DOCKET 32357 is receiving rave reviews for its poignant story of an estranged wife and a grieving mother who discover an awful truth while in a courtroom hallway.
Now a growingly popular web series, DOCKET 32357 has attracted widespread critical and audience acclaim -- including the Inaugural Huffington Post Black Voices "Breakthrough Theater Grand Jury Prize" -- and was a recent finalist in the 2015 American Black Film Festival, 2014 Toronto Black Film Festival, 2013 Los Angeles Women's Film Festival, and 2012 Lady Filmmakers Festival, among others.
Wardally’s work for the theatric stage has also achieved prestigious recognition; her play Bishop-- directed by the prolific Seret Scott -- has been selected as a finalist in the Kennedy Center MFA Playwright's Workshop, and was a semi-finalist at The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her most recent play, Big Black Balloon, was a 2015 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist.
Wardally is an MFA graduate of Fordham University/Primary Stages’ Inaugural MFA in Playwriting program and is currently a member of Jose Rivera’s writers group, Torn Page. She most recently assisted Playwright Lemon Andersen on his play, Toast, at the Public Theater. She is currently working on the second season of DOCKET 32357.
Dena: Dena Greenbaum graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Film & Television with minors in Producing and Business. She has served as Producer, Director, and Production Manager on award-winning independent films throughout New York. Blending the right and left brain,Dena strives to find inventive ways to make sure that even the smallest projects make their way to the big screen.
Cathy: Cathy Black was named Senior Producer of Broadcast Marketing at CBS News in September, 2011. Her responsibilities include developing and marketing promotional campaigns for "CBS This Morning" with Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell, and Gayle King. She will continue to be responsible for the Network's interaction with all CBS Affiliate stations, News Directors and General Managers throughout the country, and will also continue to book and produce News and Entertainment segments for CBS News.
Prior to her recent promotion, Cathy was a Supervising Producer and Music Booker for CBS News "The Early Show" and "The Saturday Early Show," (2002-2011); and before that, she served as Producer and Music Booker (1997-2002). In these roles, she was responsible for booking musical guests for the programs' outdoor concert series and producing a range of music, entertainment features and hard news segments. She has worked with a wide variety of artists, such as Prince, Beyoncé, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Sting, Adele, Rihanna, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Tina Turner, and Marc Anthony.
Her duties have also included producing concerts throughout the US and overseas, such as the "Summer In The City" concert series for "The Early Show"; Miami Superbowl XLIV 2010 concerts; Los Angeles and New York Grammy Award concerts; Las Vegas (ACM) Academy of Country Music Award; and Nashville (CMA) Country Music Association Award Concerts and Performances. International concerts have included Lenny Kravitz Live from Paris; Ringo Starr Live from Liverpool; and a special performance of Phantom of the Opera Live from Paris. In addition, she has covered a number of musical award shows including the Grammy Awards, the MTV Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the CMA Awards, the Soul Train and BET Awards, and VH-1 Divas.
Black has also produced a variety of series and features for CBS News, including "The Early Show" series "Week of Wishes" and a Mother's Day series featuring the mothers of Beyoncé Knowles, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. She has also covered a wide range of important news events, such as the Gulf War, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. She spent a year with the Jackson family covering the trial Michael Jackson trial after having spent extensive time with Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch. In addition to booking and producing, Black also edits, writes, manages budgets, coordinates with broadcast sales, scouts remote locations, and supervises staff for CBS News broadcasts.
Black joined CBS News in 1990, working on the news desk and later as the Assistant to "CBS This Morning" anchor Harry Smith. She served in that position for six months before becoming an Associate Producer, covering hard news while also gaining experience in the entertainment area. Prior to joining CBS News, she worked at Kentucky Educational Television, assigned to the Special Events Unit, for which she traveled throughout the state to cover key events in the state of Kentucky and spent time in Frankfort covering the General Assembly.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Cathy earned a degree in telecommunications at the University of Kentucky. She currently resides in New York City, where she tutors and mentors young people and serves as a Producer, Music Director and Production Coordinator for theatrical productions at Calvary Baptist Church.