The Filmmaker


I first discovered The Inman Diary through a book review in 1985, the year of its publication by Harvard University Press. What began as a fixation has grown into a deep exploration of the American psyche. Through Inman’s obsessive efforts to capture time I have encountered a literary milieu and aspects of American and World history I had no inkling of before. As a result I now hold exclusive dramatic rights to the Inman Diary from Harvard University Press.

Camera Obscura, my play based on The Inman Diary, was first developed at Seattle Repertory Theater in April of 2001 and received its world premiere in May 2002 at London’s Almeida Theater, both collaborations with the renowned English director, Jonathan Miller.  A documentary film, From a Darkened Room: The Strange Life & Times of Arthur Crew Inman, is in progress.  The Inman Diaries, a chamber opera based on my play, received its world premiere in 2007 at Boston’s Intermezzo Opera Company.  A published biography of Arthur Inman is in development.

Throughout my career as a photographer, film editor, playwright and documentary filmmaker, I have always approached the world around me with what I believe to be a distinct and solid point of view. The making of HYPERGRAPHIA embodies a major expansion of my work as a storyteller. The evolution of my involvement with this fascinating true story, from the theater, opera and documentary film productions, presents me with the opportunity of a creative lifetime – working with twice Oscar nominated actor John Hurt to bring Arthur Inman’s compelling diary world to a wide cinema audience.  — Lorenzo DeStefano


Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Lorenzo DeStefano is producer/writer/director of the upcoming feature film Hypergraphia starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hurt. It is based on and inspired by The Inman Diary by eccentric Boston diarist Arthur Crew Inman (1895-1963), published by Harvard University Press.

Los Zafiros: Music From The Edge Of Time, his award-winning music feature about the Beatles of 1960s Cuba, was released theatrically and on DVD in 2007 by Shout Factory / Vivendi Filmed Entertainment. It is also in UK/European DVD & TV release through Ballpark Distribution.

DeStefano is producer/director/editor of the PBS feature documentary Talmage Farlow, a portrait of the great American jazz guitarist (MVD Visual 2006.

He is a director member of the Directors Guild of America and an editor member of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild.

zafiros-PROD STILL-DESTEFANO-SLATE.jpg (128262 bytes)His original screenplays include Lads, and Deep Inside and The Most Beautiful. Adaptations include Creeps from the play by David E. Freeman, Cropper’s Cabin from the novel by Jim Thompson, and Appointment In Samarra (co-writer), from the novel by John O’Hara. DeStefano is author of the novel Finchley Dreams, an investigation into a startling case of murder and modern slavery in North London, as well as the plays Providence (from the screenplay by David Mercer), and Camera Obscura, a dramatization of The Inman Diary. Developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2001, Camera Obscura received its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London in 2002, both productions helmed by the celebrated English director Jonathan Miller.

“The Inman Diaries”, a chamber opera by Thomas Oboe Lee, based on DeStefano’s play, received its world premiere in Boston in September 2007 at the Intermezzo Opera Company. ( .

NON-FICTION includes “Diary of a Nobody” (The Guardian), “La Hora Magica / The Magic Hour – Portraits of a Vanishing Cuba” (Exhibition monograph), and “Calle Cero – An Encounter with Cuban Film Director Tomas Gutierrez Alea” (Cuba Update). “Visitations” , DeStefano’s memoir of his 17 year bond with his cousin Olivia Breitha, a leprosy patient in Hawaii, is forthcoming.

FILM EDITING includes “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, “The Killing Time” and “Gingerale Afternoon”, “Dreamscape ” and “That Championship Season “. Supervising Editor and a Producer/Director on the ABC/Warner Brothers drama series “Life Goes On”.

THEATER DIRECTING includes the 25th anniversary production of William Inge’s “Natural Affection”, Horton Foote’s “The One-Armed Man”, the world premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s “Conversations with the Spanish Lady”, and the world premiere of “Twisted Twain”, the one-man show by Bill Erwin.

PHOTOGRAPHY – DeStefano’s first thematic photographic series was “REST HOMES – HAWAII”. He continued to freelance in California before switching his attentions from still photography to film. He credits his many journeys to Cuba starting in 1993 with reawakening the photographer in him. His traveling exhibition, “LA HORA MAGICA/THE MAGIC HOUR – Portraits of a Vanishing Cuba”, has been shown extensively in Cuba as well as in New York, London, Havana, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.

DeStefano has also licensed many of his photographs to soundtrack cds, television and films, including the HBO series “SIX FEET UNDER” and the Warner Brothers feature “QUEEN OF THE DAMNED”.

He is founder and director of The Ventura Film Society in Ventura, California, an alternative cinema cooperative whose mandate is “Discover The World Around You”. (

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