It’s hard to give titles to Nick Vallonga and Kenny D’Aquila. For our purposes here, we’ll call them screenwriters, but this pair is multi-talented. You can barely stand next to them and NOT be inspired to do something creative.
You probably know Vallelonga from his two-time Oscar win at the 2019 Academy Awards (no big deal!), both for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for “Green Book.” The film is based on the true story of Vallelonga’s father Tony Lip, who toured the south with famed pianist Dr. Donald Shirley in the 60s. But Vallelonga also produced the film, directed many others, acts, and writes – screenplays AND songs! His latest project “10 Double Zero” will star Nicolas Cage.
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Award-winning playwright Kenny D’Aquila writes for the stage and the screen, and has appeared in more than 30 plays, including Unorganized Crime, which he also wrote. D’Aquila, Vallelonga, and actor Chazz Palminteri are busy promoting the pilot version of the story by the same title. They hope Unorganized Crime gets picked up as a series soon. Meanwhile, D’Aquila just finished a new play, In the Key of Dee.
With so many projects under their belts, we had to know, what does their writing process look like?
Something like “two Oscars,” D’Aquila added.
No shortcuts here, scribes. With more than six decades of experience combined, these two earned the title of screenwriter, even if it is just ONE of many.
Hard work pays off,