Oh Father

The abusers in Oh Father left to right; Bart Falcone, Kia Ward and Rich Schiano.  Madison Di Loren looks at they guys feeding their vices @ Wickham's apartment in Elmont, NY
The abusers in “Oh Father” are left to right; Bart Falcone, Kia Ward and Rich Schiano. Madison Di Loren looks in disgust at the guys feeding their vices @ Wickham’s apartment in Elmont, NY

January 21, 1990 Terry R. Wickham directed an amateur music video for the Madonna song “Oh Father.” The story was written by Madison Di Loren, which told the sad tale her character being physically and mentally abused by her boyfriend (Rich Schiano) & his drug & alcohol fueled friends.

 

 

Cameraman Lou Trapani shots left to right; Deborah, Madison Di Loren and Frank Bartell @ Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY.  Kia Ward watches holding slate.
Cameraman Lou Trapani shots left to right; Deborah, Madison Di Loren and Frank Bartell @ Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY. Kia Ward watches holding slate.

The video was shot in 5 1/2 hours by Lou Trapani, who had shot “To Live Is To Die” almost exactly two months prior.

Terry and Cameraman Lou Trapani @ Wickham's apartment in Elmont, NY.  "Oh Father" was the second and last video they would make together.
Terry and Cameraman Lou Trapani @ Wickham’s apartment in Elmont, NY. “Oh Father” was the second and last video they did together.

Locations included:

Frank Bartell and Rich Schiano scuffle @ Wickham's apartment in Elmont, NY.  Frank's character comes to defend his friend from he abuse he's giving Madison.
Frank Bartell and Rich Schiano scuffle @ Wickham’s apartment in Elmont, NY. Frank’s character comes to defend Madison from the abuse Rich is giving Madison.

Inside and outside the Wickham’s apartment on Hunnewell Avenue in Elmont, New  York

Cameraman Lou Trapani takes a unique positon to get a higher angle on Deborah and Frank Bartell @ Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY.
Cameraman Lou Trapani takes a unique positon to get a higher angle on Deborah and Frank Bartell @ Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY.  Rich Schiano watches on far left.

Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, New York

Terry applies bruises to Madison Di Loren in their apartment in Elmont, NY.  When Terry first got interested in filmmaking he thought it was make-up effects that he wanted to do,  but it changed to writing & directing after seeing John Carpenter's The Thing.
Terry applies bruises to Madison Di Loren in their apartment in Elmont, NY. When Terry first got interested in filmmaking he thought it was make-up effects that he wanted to do, but that changed to writing & directing after seeing John Carpenter’s The Thing.
Cameraman Lou Trapani gets down & dirty to capture a low angle of the fight @ Wickham's apartment in Elmont, NY.
Cameraman Lou Trapani gets down & dirty to capture a dramatic low angle of the fight @ Wickham’s apartment in Elmont, NY.
Terry directs @ Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY.  Frank Bartell, Madison Di Loren and Deborah were all attending acting school @ HB Studios in New York City with Terry during this time.
Terry directs @ Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY. Frank Bartell, Madison Di Loren and Deborah were all attending acting school @ HB Studios in New York City with Terry during this time.
Cameraman Lou Trapani gives  his thumbs up to the shoot @ Lynbrook Cemetery.  Terry & Madison had filmed part of "Father Figure" video at the same location in October 1988.
Cameraman Lou Trapani gives his thumbs up to the shoot @ Lynbrook Cemetery. Terry & Madison had filmed part of “Father Figure” video at the same location in October 1988.
Lou Trapani shots Madison setting flowers down on the grave of her dead boyfriend.  Frank Bartell and Deborah are their to support their friend.  Terry considers "Oh Father" to be one of the better amateur music videos he's made because it detonates with emotion.
Lou Trapani shots Madison setting flowers down on the grave of her dead boyfriend. Frank Bartell and Deborah are there to support their friend. Terry considers “Oh Father” to be one of the better amateur music videos he’s made because it detonates with emotion.
"Oh Father" cast & crew; Terry kneeling, then left to right; Cameraman Lou Trapani, Writer/actress Madison Di Loren, Frank Bartell, Deborah and Bart Falcone @ Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY.
“Oh Father” cast & crew; Terry kneeling, then left to right; Cameraman Lou Trapani, Writer/actress Madison Di Loren, Frank Bartell, Deborah and Bart Falcone @ Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, NY.