After a number of years writing and producing for the stage, Justina Walford has turned her unique eye and voice to the screen.
In November of 2007, she was a finalist in the Queens International Film Festival Screenplay Competition with her film adaptation of EVOLUTION OF SUNDAY. Justina received raves in the LA Weekly and Backstage West for the play and thought it long overdue for adaptation. Since then, it is being read around the lots and hopes to find a home soon. The film is an intimate drama about a man who, following the tragic loss of his wife, seeks redemption with the guidance of an unlikely spiritual guide. The stage version recently enjoyed three successful runs – both at Walford’s Split Id Theater as well as the Hudson Guild Theater in Hollywood. Praised by both the LA Weekly and Backstage West, it was described as “a thoughtful and affecting drama about faith, love and forgiveness”.
Walford most recently produced and edited the comedy short, THE DANCER’S BEATDOWN. Written and directed by Wildman, the film focuses on a young man who, escorted and prodded by a posse of women, dances “at” a group of men trying to enjoy their weekend. Last year, Walford wrote and produced the animated short, SEX TOYS FOR GOD. Irreverent and controversial, the film focuses on a creative approach to the heart of the religiously committed. Previously, Walford wrote and directed the comedic short film, ROMANTIC INTERVENTION.
For her productions on the stage, Walford was a proud recipient of the Women in Theater Red Carpet Award, which was presented to her in 2004. She was the Artistic Director of Split Id Staged Performances in Hollywood for three years. During that time, she produced six full-length productions a year and countless one-night shows. Additional past productions include OVERFLOW, her autobiographical play featuring six women representing variations on one persona, the Asian-American themed MEMOIRS OF AN ALMOST GEISHA, and her seriocomic ensemble piece DATING IN PERSON, as well as popular published plays such as Don Nigro’s SPECTER and Howard Korder’s BOYS’ LIFE.
Also critically acclaimed as a theatre director, Walford gained kudos for her work on Michael Rex’s THICKER THAN WATER, Mark Dunn’s MORNING COFFEE, Dominic Savio’s one-man show REVELATIONS FROM GOD and NO REFILLS. Last year, Walford most recently directed Wildman’s EXPLODING GIRLFRIENDS at Actoberfest at The Secret Rose Theater in North Hollywood.
Walford also curated the Stranger Than Fiction monologue performances at both the Split Id Theatre and Sugar Shack Theater Space from 2005-2006.