Miles Maker, Nekisa Cooper Team Up For BDSM Psychological Thriller 'Safeword' - Watch Teaser

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 8, 2013 6:09 PM
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Renaissance man (writer, producer, director, editor, etc) Miles Maker will make his feature film directorial debut with a BDSM-themed erotic psychological thriller, aptly titled Safeword.

Maker optioned rights to the Zoe Mavroudi-penned script earlier this year, and has attracted top-rising indie producers Nekisa Cooper (Pariah) and Diane Houslin (Yelling To The Sky) to shepherd the production, with German sales company Atlas International shopping the project at the American Film Market (AFM), which kicked off in Los Angeles this week.

Safeword tells a dicey tale of a renowned piano virtuoso who conquers debilitating performance anxiety, when she pursues a dangerous, submissive affair with a stranger who is sharply skilled at erotic knife-play.

With name actors currently circling the project - although no official casting news yet - Maker's tentative plans are to start principal photography during the first half of 2014.

Ahead of that eventual production launch, Maker shot a no-budget teaser of Safeword in New York, a month ago, providing viewers with a glimpse at the film's proposed pace and tone, which is now available online, and embedded below.

The popularity and success of 50 Shades Of Grey (itself soon to be a major motion picture) appears to have inspired a *new* public fascination and interest in BDSM – the acronym for a form of sexual activity that can include bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism and masochism, providing a sexually supercharged eroticism that BDSM sexual encounters can elicit. 

So I've heard.

It's a world this writer is entirely unfamiliar with, but I'm certainly intrigued by Safeword's premise, and seeming collision of worlds.

Given the aforementioned *new* general interest in BDSM, as it seems to now have gone much more mainstream (although maybe it already had, and I just haven't been paying attention), it would appear that this is a project perfectly-timed. 

Scribe Zoe Mavroudi's many accolades include: Producers Guild of America Power of Diversity Workshop selection, Best Feature Screenplay 2013 Berlin Independent Film Festival, 2nd Place 2012 London Film Awards, Honorable Mention 2012 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival.

To stay up-to-date on Safeword's progress, *like* it on Facebook HERE, or follow on Twitter HERE.

Watch the 60-second teaser below:

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23 Comments

  • NO BRAINER | November 12, 2013 11:01 AMReply

    TRUTH, I mean LIE, you're ignorance and arrogance amuse me, let me just say. According to you and the other halfwits that parade this site, you need to have a film for your opinion to matter. I strongly disagree, not because you're an asshole, but because I'm simply a proponent of cultivated minds, and the opinion of any cultivated mind matters to me. So, go put yourself in a grave I can *iss on. Thanks.

  • RAMONA DUBYA | November 10, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    Many of these comments feel like they're from the people doing the film. like Scribe Tribe, Femme Sum, Pariah Person. Just let the people be the judge and relax. Good luck on the movie.

  • ? | November 14, 2013 1:25 PM

    Exactly how do comments 'feel like they're from the people doing the film'?
    I 'feel like' Ramona works for S&A, or is someone who isn't accustomed to supportive conversation about projects posted here. In that case you have a very valid point!

  • truth | November 11, 2013 2:24 PM

    @Nadia
    No one was talking to you but you typed your BS anyway, so guess what honey? I get to put my two cents in too. And the fact you DON'T have a film either makes you just as qualified as No Brainer. STFU. lol

  • NO BRAINER | November 10, 2013 10:17 PM

    NADIA, your complaints are justified. I see how you can believe this.

    I criticize most of the stuff posted here because they're never really at the caliber of what I consider great or worthwhile. But then again, I meant to compliment Kush's "And Then" but the thread was already filled with too many comments. I thought "12 Years A Slave" was very good. I was excited about most of the black films premiering at TIFF when Indiewire did a blog featuring each of their descriptions and trailers.

    But who wants to be at parties where everyone is dancing the same the whole night. In other words, on the blogs regarding films I praise, people are already showering it with praise. Why can I add? So, I mostly comment on films that I feel differently about than everyone else.

    As for this teaser or whatever, I can't comment on the overall project. But from what little I've seen, I wouldn't be interested in investing in this film.

    And yes, I'm an alien.

  • Nadia | November 10, 2013 9:15 PM

    @Truth. The problem with your logic is that, first, you're not "No Brainer," so I wasn't addressing you. And secondly, I'm not the one bitching about shit, so to ask me to show my "damn film" is a pointless request. So please just do us all a favor and just stay out of the conversation.

  • truth | November 10, 2013 8:40 PM

    Nadia trying to check people about whining is like R. Kelly checking men who have sex with under age girls. Nadia, show us your damn film or YOU shut up.

  • Nadia | November 10, 2013 8:34 PM

    You people whine too damn much! I've been a reader of this site almost every day for 2 years and I don't think I've read a single comment from "No Brainer" that's been supportive of any project ever written about, whether it's Hollywood, independent, foreign. According to "No Brainer" every project is terrible and nobody should be making films. I wonder if No Brainer" is a filmmaker and if he or she is, I'm really interested in seeing what they've made. Or at least I really want to know what he or she considers good work that should be praised and supported. Carrying around so much negativity isn't human at all, so I'm convinced "No brainer" must be some alien life form.

  • NO BRAINER | November 10, 2013 5:54 PM

    Well said, RAMONA. Because this trailer thing is just not doing it for me and I will hold my opinions until seeing a final product, or at least reading the screenplay.

  • Carl | November 10, 2013 4:58 PM

    That is a common theme on S&A. Friends, relatives, crew members, etc., inflate the comment section with false or bias praise under different monikers. Just look at the Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror Short Films Contest post.

  • femme sum | November 10, 2013 4:00 AMReply

    Female writer,
    2 Female producers,
    Female lead.

    We'll give the Director a pass if the DP + Editor are Female. There must be a story worth telling with all these ladies involved, starting with Writer who also wrote a play called BEAUTY IS PRISON TIME. I Love that title!

  • aisha | November 9, 2013 9:22 PMReply

    i've read the script; it's a good one. congrats to Miles and Nekisa!

  • scribe tribe | November 9, 2013 8:41 PMReply

    Who's this Zoe Mavroudi and why haven't we heard from her before? So many talented screenwriters out there and too many writer/directors in the indie world to bother to read our scripts. Best wishes to Zoe getting her screenplay made into a movie most of us are watching our work collect dust unless we make it ourselves. The script must be good it's won awards on 3 continents + Producers Guild recognition. I'm willing to bet there's more to this thriller than the teaser suggests, but the focus is on the one thing that gets everybody talking--sordid SEX.

  • Miles Ellison | November 9, 2013 8:29 PMReply

    Soak the trash in gasoline and strike a match, we're making hot garbage, mama.

  • NO BRAINER | November 9, 2013 8:59 PM

    LOL @ MILES... Are you saying what I think you're saying? If so, stop reading my mind.

  • CareyCarey | November 9, 2013 5:46 PMReply

    In the words of Sergeant Schultz (Hogan's Heroes) "I know nothing! Nothing!"

    I know nothing, nothing about 50 Shades Of Grey nor BDSM... BUT, flipping through Netflix I ran across a film titled "Flock" starring Richard Gere. Okay, the other day I enjoy his film "Arbitrage" with Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Nate Parker in supporting roles, so what the heck, I had to give Flock a try.

    OH MY, the "flock" was a culture/group of sex offenders who engaged in... **drum roll** ... you guessed it, BDSM and several shades of gray. Richard Gere (Errol "badass" Babbage) was hell bent on stopping their nasty ways. And let me tell you, in that journey the viewer is taken into a world of freaks, freaks and mo' freaks. We're not talking simple "cutting", although some did get their rocks off by slashing themselves, we're talking cutting off limbs, leather whips, and pulling out teeth with crude instruments, and bondage while cutting... while having sex.

    My lady looked at me and said (in a slow deliberate voice) "what-do-you-have-me-watching?". I had no defense, so I went on the offense. I said, "What... don't you wanna spice up the bedroom?". She snapped back, "Yes I Do! Go get the shotgun so I can blow your head off in the bedroom".

    I am not making this up, but anyway, as someone said, different strokes for different folks. And, although Tambay said this is new ground for Miles Maker, I am reminded of an early scene in Pariah. Well, I think Miles was attached to that film which did have a scene that... was... ahh... well... how should I say this... it was something that might be slightly out of the norm for most folks.

    Okay, we're all grown folks up in here so I'll just say it, somebody broke out a STRAP-ON D*CK. Hey, I got by that scene and enjoyed the rest of the movie. So who knows, Miles and the crew might be working with something?

  • CC | November 10, 2013 11:00 AM

    Slow your gears from spinning while I play the Devil's Advocate.

    Well, does the artsy, fartsy, sophisticated crowd pay the bills? I mean, if I was an investor, my allegiance (first and foremost) is to my pocket. So, although you compared this film to Black Swan and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, there's a few distinct differences between Safewood and those films. The first, and auguably the most dubious is the color of the cast's skin. Immediately one has to consider how that issue affects the bottom line.

    If it's true that color matters, we are left with a black audience comprised of the artsy, sophisticated crowd vs. the (as Miles Ellison defines it) the hot garbage crowd. Now, history say "hot mess" wins by a landslide. So I am left to wonder who exactly is the target audience for a film of this nature... and will they pay the bills and/or help the producers to turn a profit?

    Granted, it may not be wise to define Safewood as a "artsy" film nor one that falls in the hot mess category (it could be the best of both worlds), but make no mistake about it, for reasons I don't believe I have to list, this will fall in the category of " a black film" with actors of limited star power.

  • My Gere is spinning | November 9, 2013 8:22 PM

    That scene in Pariah drew gasps and laughs! But to the LGBTQ community it was a stamp of authenticity and credibility for the film. The beautiful thing about independent cinema is the opportunity to venture into worlds unknown in the complete safety and security of your home (or a dark theater) and emerge from the experience with a deeper understanding of mankind and human nature--or just simply entertained for 90 minutes or so like Richard Gere in Flock or Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut.

    From the looks of this teaser we're going to see an inner journey for this main character and even though we don't see her piano prowess on display it must be a big part of the movie by Tambay's description, so I'm expecting an artsy sophisticated film where classical music and BDSM collide. Now I'm thinking Black Swan and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

    Don't let me down Maker!

  • Laura | November 9, 2013 11:26 AMReply

    Congrats Miles.

  • Lauren | November 9, 2013 11:23 AMReply

    Erotic knife play? Good grief there are some twisted people in this world.

  • lauren | November 9, 2013 8:10 PM

    YUCK!

  • findom | November 9, 2013 12:40 PM

    1st time to this site. bdsm brought me here and i say diff'rent strokes for different folks. people are into knives guns, fire, rope bondage, whipping, spanking you name the fetish whatever a human being desires to do with their time & body as long as it's risk-aware and consensual. there's even mommy kink for men into infantilism! i got trained to learn how to financially dominate submissive men who pay me $ for gratification without any hope of sex. the thrill of being taken advantage of is enough to turn my guy on and the games are so FUN.

  • Pariah person | November 8, 2013 6:53 PMReply

    Nekisa knows good cinema. If she read the script and she's onboard that says a lot. It must be worth her effort to make because no movie is easy to make no matter who you are or who's in it.

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