“So, what do you write?” People occasionally ask.
And I answer, “Ummmm. Stuff. Like, uh, screenplays mostly,” because, you know, writers are eloquent.
Here’s a little rundown of my … stuff.
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Jack 9: One-hour sci-fi. A college student 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.
Jack 9 Pilot- Smith
If you read it and you have questions? You’re in luck. I wrote a bible-y … thing.
JACK 9 – Series Document – Smith
Consensus: One-hour sci-fi series. A woman who is recruited to work for a secret task force to defend her idyllic world from enemy invaders begins to suspect that neither her world nor the invaders are what she has been told.
Consensus Pilot – Smith
Feature Length Screenplays
The Clinic: Psychological suspense / horror. ” When problems with her pregnancy result in Sarah’s extended confinement at clinic, she starts to suspect her doctors might have a secret — and inhuman — agenda.
Pole Cats: A feature length comedy — with pole dancing! A jilted woman makes friends and re-discovers herself through pole-dancing fitness, but runs afoul of her town’s zoning board when she tries to open her own pole-dancing studio. Inspired by a true story.
Those People: A Love Story: (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-written with Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn.
Children of Others: After struggling with infertility, Skylar and her husband are thrilled when she gets pregnant via an experimental protocol at a “miracle clinic,” until she learns her unborn child might not be entirely human. Soon she is the run from an FBI agent who think her child is weapon, and being courted by a clandestine group who say the child is the key to human salvation. Before time runs out, she has to decide who she believes — and if, as a mother, it matters.
Screenplays in the Drawer
They say that earlier work usually deserves to end up in a drawer and that might be true. But there are a few projects that hold a warm place in my heart…
My Zombie Parents: (Family Dramedy) 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. Co-written with Paul Seetachitt. (Secret / not-so-secret dream for this one: graphic novel!)
The Invisibles: (Teen, romantic comedy) 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 Laura 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.
Ribbit!: (Quirky, romantic comedy, Austin Film Festival semi-finalist).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: (Supernatural) 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. Adapted from Doan Minh Phoung’s Vietnamese novel. Co-written with Thai Ha Nguyen (sample only).
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).