“So, what are you writing?” or “What to you do all day?” People occasionally ask.
“Ummmm. Stuff. Like, uh, screenplays mostly.”
This is how I answer, because, you know, writers are eloquent. And stuff.
Here’s a little rundown of things I’m working on:
Jack 9: A one-hour sci-fi series about about a college student who volunteers for a sleep study in 1993 and wakes to realize 24 years have passed — and that although he is the same age, everyone he knew is older, and the world is a different and dangerous place. In development with Escape Artists.
Pole Cats: A feature length comedy — with pole dancing! A jilted woman returns to her hometown and re-discovers herself through pole-dancing fitness, but runs afoul to the town’s zoning board when she tries to open her own pole-dancing studio. Inspired by a true story. In development with Autopilot Entertainment.
Those People: A Love Story: (Co-written with Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn.) A feature -length light romance. When a black Christian woman becomes romantically involved with a Persian man, she has to weigh her feelings for him against the objections of her family and church… and her own sense of identity. Co-producing with our own little shingle, LoveBrave, LLC!
The Clinic: Feature-length. Psychological suspense with a sci-fi-horror twist. After struggling with infertility, Skylar and her husband are thrilled when she gets pregnant via an experimental protocol at a “miracle clinic.” But when problems with her pregnancy result in Skylar’s extended confinement at the clinic, she starts to suspect she might be part of a secret — and inhuman — agenda. Seeking the right producer!
Consensus: A one-hour sci-fi series that follows the journey of a woman who discovers that her Utopian world isn’t as idyllic as it seems when witnesses a crime by a person from another version reality. Better log line coming soon!
Screenplays in the Drawer
They say that early work usually deserves to end up in a drawer (an electronic one) and that might be true. But there are a few projects that hold a warm place in my heart…
The Invisibles: Social cliques at the John Hughes-esque Lincoln high school are pretty typical, except that the invisibles literally are… invisible. And invisibility is a real problem when you have dreams of being a star like Laura does. When she discovers that winning the affections of super-visible Brad might be her path to her talents being seen, she has to decide what–and who–she’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of her dreams. (Teen, romantic comedy)
Ribbit!: Lily is a jaded biologist. Henry is the prince-turned-frog whom she unwittingly turns back into a man. Matilda is Lily’s evil boss whose back-door dealings threaten Henry’s swamp. Can Lily open her heart in time to thwart Matilda, save the swamp, and prevent Henry from reverting to his amphibian form so they can live happily ever after? (Quirky, romantic comedy, Austin Film Festival semi-finalist).
Rain in Afterlife: Mai, an innocent young woman, leaves Hanoi for Saigon to look for her father who left her mother before she was born. In Saigon, she is haunted by the ghost of her lost twin sister who manipulates Mai in order to exact revenge against their father for all the harm he’s done to their family. (Art-House, adapted from the Vietnamese novel of the same name by Doan Minh Phoung. Co-written with Thai Ha Nguyen, available as a sample only).
My Zombie Parents: Twelve year-old Zoe casts a magic spell to resurrect her dead parents, only to find herself fighting to keep her family together when they start to devolve into zombies. (Dramedy, Co-written with Paul Seetachitt. Austin Film Festival Semi-finalist)
Lost Things: When an obsessively ordered young man loses his sock in the laundry, his search for it pulls him into a chaotic world inhabited by lost things. 13 pages. (CEEVN Directors Workshop Selection, 2009)
My Panda: A woman driven to distraction by her chaotic house and slovenly husband (who happens to be a panda) sees an opportunity to change her life. 9 pages. (Co-written with Paul Seetachitt, CAPE Digital Shorts Award Runner Up 2009).
The Courtship and Marriage of Little Red: A girl walking through the woods on her way to her grandmother’s house stops to talk to a wolf, with unexpected consequences. (MPW Stage and Screen Competition Runner Up 2013).