Four of Hearts (98m, U S A) dir. by Eric Haywood

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Stuck in a six-month sexual ‘dry spell,’ a young husband and wife decide to rekindle their love life by having a one-night stand with another couple. But all four soon find themselves unprepared for the complicated web of lies, jealousy, and forbidden attractions that follow.

Four of Hearts
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eric@erichaywood.comFilm Synopsis
Derrick and April are young, married, and in love. But their busy lives have caused them
to lose sight of the physically passionate relationship they once enjoyed. One day, April
gets an idea: they’ll enlist another married couple – their best friends Christy and Matt –
to help rekindle their intimacy by having a one-night stand…all four friends…together.
But it’s not long before this decision begins to alter both marriages and all four
friendships in ways they never could have imagined.

Plot Summary
Derrick (Darrin DeWitt Henson) and April (Nadine Ellis) appear to be living what most
people would consider to be the perfect life. He’s a sought-after chef, she’s a medical
student, and they’re in the process of buying their first home. Things couldn’t be better,
except for one small detail: unlike when they first got married, they’re now both so busy
that they’ve let months go by without a single intimate night.
April decides that it’s time to bring an end to this “cold streak” and turns to her best
friend Christy (Michelle Krusiec) – who, with her husband Matt (Gabriel Olds), practices
open marriage – for help. She convinces Christy and Matt to help her and Derrick
rekindle their intimacy by having a one-night stand…all four friends. Together. No strings
attached. Christy and Matt are game, and despite some initial reservations, Derrick
reluctantly agrees. A plan is quickly put into place, and the big night comes and goes
without a hitch…or so it seems.
No sooner has the sun come up the next morning than the four friends quickly begin to
discover that they’ve turned a corner, and there’s no going back. It’s impossible to
unring the bell. Derrick is convinced that the whole thing was a terrible mistake, and
wastes no time blaming April for the emotional mess they’re now in. “What are you
saying?” she asks him, caught off-guard by his anger. “Are you saying I tricked you into
this?” Derrick considers the question for a moment. “I don’t know. Did you?”
Meanwhile, they’re both unaware (as is Christy) that Matt has unexpectedly fallen for
April. As he consoles April following her big fight with Derrick, the two of them grow
closer until April finds herself unable to deny the attraction that’s been building between
them. When word of this finally reaches Christy, it threatens to permanently destroy all
of their friendships, leaving April no choice but to try and repair the damage that’s been
done and set things right once and for all.

Production Notes
The origins of Four of Hearts date as far back as 2004, when writer-director Eric
Haywood (then living in Atlanta, Georgia) set out to come up with a feature film
concept that could be executed on a shoestring budget. The idea of two couples finding
themselves caught in a web of emotional entanglements seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
After a few attempts at “cracking” the screenplay, the story was ultimately deemed notquite-ready and placed on the proverbial back burner.
And there it sat. Until 2010.
Having relocated to Los Angeles and worked for several years as a television writer,
Haywood felt he was finally ready to do justice to the idea. The first order of business
was the decision to toss out all the original script notes and start from scratch. After
several drafts and a few title changes, Four of Hearts was on track to begin production.
With script finally in hand, Haywood’s first phone call was to actor Darrin DeWitt
Henson, with whom he’d worked on the Showtime original series Soul Food years
earlier. Henson, who’d been looking for a feature project to produce, not only signed
on for the role of Derrick but came aboard as a producer. With the help of Emmy
Award-winning casting director Kevin Scott, the rest of the cast quickly fell into place.
Principal photography began on September 18, 2011, and wrapped two weeks later.Technical Specs

Shoot: 14 days
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Offline Edit: Final Cut Pro 7
Color Grading: DaVinci Resolve
Online Edit: Avid Media ComposerThe Cast
Darrin DeWitt Henson as Derrick
Nadine Ellis as April
Gabriel Olds as Matt
Michelle Krusiec as Christy
Victoria Platt as Robin
Jenn Korbee as Jessica
Charles Divins as Jordan
Joel Rush as Kevin
The Crew
Writer/Director/Editor Eric Haywood
Producers Eric Haywood and Darrin DeWitt Henson
Associate Producer Tamiko K. Brooks
Director of Photography Finnian Riley
Casting Kevin Scott
Composer Olivier Roulon

1st Assistant Director Alexandria Stein
2nd Assistant Director Katie Lopez
1st Assistant Camera Ryan Lopez / Eamon Wright
Additional Photography Ryan Lopez / Eric Haywood
Production Designer Pooja Sharma
Set Dressers Catch Henson / Wesley Akers
Sound Mixers Jon Gerdemann / Philip Bladh
Boom Operators Yancey “Pon” Franco / Jordon Justice
Script Supervisor Heather Pollock
Gaffers Aaron Francesconi / Wade Carter, Jr.
Key Grip April Keltner
Key Makeup Artist Elle Favorrule
Additional Makeup Dana C. Rosario
Key Production Assistant Jessi Mitchell
Production Assistant Ryan Harris
Interns Sebastian Gawel / Vash Hunter
Unit Still Photographer Michael Moriatis
Supervising Sound Editor / Re-Recording Mixer Garrard Whatley
Colorist Paul Schramm
On-Line Editor Brian Beard
Titles Harry “H” Lubold
Payroll Entertainment Partners
Legal Services Law Offices of Dorothy B. RichardsonCast Bios


Darrin DeWitt Henson (“Derrick”)
Perhaps best known for his portrayal of ex-convict Lem Van Adams on Showtime’s Soul
Food: The Series (the longest-running drama with a predominantly African-American cast)
and his instructional dance video Darrin’s Dance Grooves, Darrin also appeared in the
ABC television movie Double Platinum and the motion picture Stomp the Yard. He has
choreographed music videos and concerts for such popular music acts as New Kids on
the Block, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and ‘N Sync. In 2011, Darrin costarred in the Gospel Music Channel’s adaptation of John Ruffin’s stage play The Ideal
Husband, and writer-director Matthew Cherry’s The Last Fall. In 2012, he directed the
short film The Hotel.


Nadine Ellis (“April”)
Nadine currently stars as Stacy Lawrence on the BET sitcom Let’s Stay Together. The
talented actress first stepped into the spotlight as one of the founding members of The
Pussycat Dolls, and performed with the all-girl dance troupe from 1993-2003. She
danced her way onto the big screen in the critically-acclaimed musical Idlewild, followed
by appearances in Iron Man 2, (500) Days of Summer, Tropic Thunder, and Live Free or Die
Hard. Nadine’s other film and TV credits include Hairspray, FlashForward, and the
television special A Muppets Christmas.


Gabriel Olds (“Matt”)
Yale University graduate Gabriel began his theater career began at 15, when he was cast
in Measure for Measure at the Public Theater. Years later, he originated the role of
Rudolpho in the Tony Award-winning production of Arthur Miller’s A View From the
Bridge on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include Any Given Day, Rough Crossing
(Bay Street Theater), The Countess (Old Globe), Richard II and Loose Ends (ECA), both of
which he also directed. Gabriel has been writing since he was a child; the William Morris
Agency signed him at age 17 because of his screenplay The Blood of the Land (about New
World settlers). Since then, he’s written and sold TV pilots, screenplays, and worked as
a freelance journalist for Salon.com, NPR and Conde Naste, among others.


Michelle Krusiec (“Christy”)
Michelle is best known for her starring role opposite Joan Chen in the romantic comedy
Saving Face. The role garnered her a nomination for the Chinese Language Oscar, also
known as the Golden Horse, for Best Actress in 2005. On stage, Michelle starred in the
Broadway international tour of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (Berkeley Rep, South
Coast Rep, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival). She also wrote and performed her solo
show Made in Taiwan, which premiered at the 2002 HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival,
the 2003 LA Women’s Theatre Festival, and the 2005 New York Asian American
Theatre Festival. Michelle’s selected film credits include Duplex, Far North, A Helping
Hand, Henry Poole Is Here, Nanking, Nixon, Pumpkin, Sweet Home Alabama, and What
Happens in Vegas. On TV, Michelle starred in the series One World and Travelers, and
made recurring/guest appearances on Blue Bloods, Community, Dirty Sexy Money, Fringe,
Grey’s Anatomy, Monk, Nip/Tuck, Secret Life of the American Teenager, Touch, and Weeds.

Crew Bios
Eric Haywood (Writer/Director/Producer/Editor)
After earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Filmmaking from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Eric began directing and producing music videos featuring such
artists as Usher, Cee-Lo Green, Outkast, New Edition, Ice-T, Tupac Shakur, and
legendary Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins. His video for Bay Area rapper E-
40’s song “Sprinkle Me” was selected by MTV and XXL Magazine as the #10 Greatest
West Coast Rap Video of All Time. Eric then turned his focus to writing and moved to
Los Angeles, where he landed work as a writer on ABC’s Private Practice, Showtime’s
Soul Food: The Series and NBC’s Hawaii. Along the way, he has periodically returned to
his filmmaking roots, writing and directing three short films (Nick of Time, Intersection,
and Staring at the Sun), and went on to write the Hallmark Channel original movie
Relative Stranger, starring Eriq LaSalle (E.R.) and directed by Charles Burnett (Killer of
Sheep). After premiering in 2009, the film garnered three NAACP Image Award
nominations and a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for Cicely Tyson.


Tamiko K. Brooks (Associate Producer)
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Tamiko earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia
College Chicago and headed to Los Angeles, where she launched her career writing for
the UPN sitcom Moesha. Soon after, she became a recipient of the Nickelodeon Writing
Fellowship and began work on the Nickelodeon sitcom Taina. Writing assignments on
sitcoms 8 Simple Rules, Half & Half, The Proud Family and daytime drama One Life to Live
soon followed. Currently, Tamiko writes for VH1’s hit drama Single Ladies and the web
series Almost 30.


Finnian Riley (Cinematographer)
Chicago native Finnian Riley has always been a little too obsessed with capturing images.
This often got him into trouble as a kid when he would “borrow” his mom’s Polaroid
camera and use an entire load of film photographing his dog or a tree outside his
window or any other tiny detail that meant something to him. It was this passion to
connect an image to something meaningful that lead him to the moving images of
filmmaking. Soon the realization set in that the tiniest shade of darkness or patch of
brilliance could create a tone for others to explore their own craft. Finnian found his
home away from home was the world he could create in front of him, in each flickering
frame of light and shadow.


Kevin Scott (Casting Director)
Kevin Scott, C.S.A. has over 18 years of casting and production experience in film and
television. While studying for his B.A. in Communication Studies, Kevin cast his first
music video for Bay Area rapper Too Short. He went on to cast additional music videos
including Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” and Will Smith’s remake of “Ring My
Bell.” In 1993, Kevin was hired as Warner Bros. Television’s as Senior Casting
Coordinator, where among other shows, he was hand-picked by Michael Crichton to
cast the now multiple Emmy Award-winning hit series E.R. After the first two seasons of
E.R., Kevin was promoted to Casting Director for Warner Bros. Television. He was immediately assigned the casting duties for the final two seasons of Living Single. Kevin
went on to cast numerous shows including NBC’s The West Wing and Fox Television’s
FastLane. In 2000 and 2001, Kevin won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Outstanding
Casting of a Drama Series for The West Wing.


Olivier Roulon (Composer)
Composer, arranger, songwriter, producer, musical director, teacher and performer
Olivier Roulon was educated at the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg and received
France’s 1986 single scholarship for modern music studies. In addition to producing
independent artists from numerous countries including the US, France, England, Nigeria,
Austria, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, and the Caribbean, he has written with such artists
as Tyler Collins, Peppa Mache, Ja-Michael, Brenda Lee Eager and Shea Chambers
amongst many others. Having played many genres of music on drums, percussion and
Vibraphone, Olivier’s first instrument is piano. He wrote his first composition at the age
of 10 and went on to compose original music for French National TV and Radio (FR3
and Radio France). He performs at world-renowned music festivals such as
Antibes/Juan-Les-Pins, Freiburg, Paris-Beaubourg, Pointe-a-Pitre, Nancy / Mulhouse /
Colmar Jazz Festivals and Strasbourg’s Musica-Viva.

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