Endorsements And Comments
“…haunting, poignant and heart-wrenching….the stuff of which movies are made.”
“…laughter, sass, spirit and tears leaves the readers awash in hope.”
Alfre Woodard, Actor
I was telling a friend recently about the most remarkable, one-of-a-kind story, that I’ve ever heard in Hollywood. It’s about the life (so far) of my friend Fauna Hodel. The tale she lays out in her book One Day She’ll Darken is like nothing you will ever read. Given away under mysterious circumstances as a newborn, the book goes on to explore family in its darkest recesses and in its brightest glow. It’s about race and class in modern America. It’s about our common desire to know who we are, where we are from and where we belong. Added to that is the creepy mystery of L.A.’s greatest unsolved murder case and the role that Fauna’s grandfather might have played in it. But more than anything, One Day She’ll Darken is about a resilient woman, one who was dealt a cruel hand but who refused to let that be her life. A woman who is determined to show the world that what has happened to her can make a difference in the lives of others.
“One Day She Will Darken”, is one of the most inspirational stories I have ever read. When I laid eyes on it, I couldn’t put the book down, the images haunted me, and the characters became alive and talked to me. There is justice in this world, if we never give up. Fauna Hodel, the Author, will go down as one of America’s greatest inspirational story-tellers. The time is ‘now,’ for such a story as this – may we all take heart and know we can make a difference, if we try!
Los Angeles, California
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Fauna Hodel was born in San Francisco and raised in Reno, Nevada. She has committed her adult life to breaking down racial barriers by sharing her own experiences and encouraging individuals to pursue their dreams.
Fauna Hodel was the Executive Producer and Creative Consultant for the motion picture, Pretty Hattie’s Baby, based on her life story. The film was directed by Ivan Passer and stars Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Dutton, Alison Elliot, Bobby Hosea, Jill Clayburg and Tess Harper. The feature length film was stopped due to mysterious causes.
She is currently working on a documentary that will help unravel the complex story that intertwines both her original film with the intrigue that prevented it from being released.
Ms. Hodel’s commitment to racial equality has led her to become known for her inspirational talks. Among her speaking engagements, include the Dept. of Communications and the Inter-racial Dialogue Club at Santa Monica College where she was a motivational guest speaker on human rights in film. She has also presented a two day seminar titled, A Story About The Color of Love at Brigham Young University, and has served on the panel for Women’s Independent Film Makers at California State University, Northridge.
Ms. Hodel was a guest speaker at the Women in Power events in Honolulu, and has written and produced a live forum Theater Presentation titled, “Working the Dream: The Fauna Hodel Story.” In addition, Ms. Hodel has been a Creative Consultant to a number of artistic projects that exhibit similar ideals in both film and video. She currently resides in the Los Angeles near her two daughters, Rasha and Yvette.
J.R. Briamonte studied creative writing and literature.
He began his journalism career writing feature articles for Las Vegas Sporting Life Magazine. His second biography is set in Mexico. Mr. Briamonte resides in Hawaii.