Two members of Hong Kong’s professional set fall for one another despite their radically different backgrounds. While one of them bends his ethics trying to fulfill his debt to family, the other is forced to weigh the paternal expectations that brought her to Hong Kong against their new relationship. In development.
AN ELEGY FOR EVELYN FRANCIS
After receiving a startling revelation at her mother’s deathbed, an aimless young Norcal woman embarks on a cross-state journey with her new fiance to give money from a decades-old bank robbery her father pulled to the lone victim’s family. In development.
From the Black List:
“This is a script that never lets up; it constantly plows through the consequences of every action, raising the dramatic tension and emotional stakes at every level. At its core, it fulfills the philosophical question regarding the literal sins of the father, the emotional stakes of grief and guilt, and the actual physical stakes of Logan’s quest to make things right. And in the end she falls short, and the script does a fantastic job of letting the reader and the audience know that that’s okay – not every ending is a happy one, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t satisfactory. The best dramatic scripts pull the reader so far into the world that the end-game leaves them feeling like they’ve lost a piece of themselves – the emotional resonance of the script does just that.
This script will sell and it will appeal to fans of any sort of intense family drama. It can be shot on a minimum budget and every single part is full of very emotional moments that will call out to any actor. It is tight and focussed and full of dramatic intensity in the vein of CLOSER or GLENGARY GLENROSS.”
EAST OF L.A. (2013 Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist)
After almost dying in a 7-Eleven stick-up, a restless young Angelino finds an unlikely new life in a North Dakota boom town. When a local is murdered in a dispute over drilling rights, he is coerced into silence and left to choose between the life they made possible and the one he’s been running from. E-mail for sample.
Part of a series of short films with commercial director Michael Sugrue. If you look at the scripts for one of these, you’ll see a good example of the tweaks that occur during production.
Another in a series of films with Sugrue. These are made with skeleton crews in the most literal sense of the word. In this case, I wrote it, Michael shot it, and Steven starred. It was three man production.
Walt Disney and Ernest Hemingway lived parallel lives before fame, but never met. What if they had, and how did they end up so differently? Catch a glimpse of the artists when they were still just young men, discussing their differences at a Chicago bar during October 1919. Read it for free here, then post a review on Amazon at the link above!
I visited New Orleans over Labor Day weekend in 2010. Inspired in equal measures by a conversation with a friend about Katrina victims, the first hour of When The Levees Broke, and a few glasses of wine, this story follows the journey of Robert Picot, a New Orleans native trying to escape the city in the days after the storm. Read the beginning for free, the rest is on Amazon for $2.99. If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t fret. Amazon supports a variety of formats, including PC. Download the software for a superior and painless reading experience here for free, or check your device for the Amazon Kindle App.