Following a heart-wrenching personal tragedy, a Black female sharecropper in 1930s Virginia sets out on a mission of personal revenge, all while fighting the exploitation of the town’s wealthy landowners and the violent harassment of the local sheriff and his posse of unlawful men. Inspired by true events.
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Type: Pilot (60 pps)
Subgenre(s): Western, Suspense, Mystery
Time Period: 1930s
Comps: Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood, Damnation
PINEY RIDGE is an hour-long dramatic series set in 1930s Virginia in a fictional town called Piney Ridge, Virginia. Inspired by real events, the series follows the formation of the Southern Tenants Farmers' Union and their attempts to unionize during the Great Depression. In the purest sense, PINEY RIDGE is an usversus-them story, a series about greed, power, violence and corruption in a small, Southern town and how the poor, working-class fought and resisted Big Money, Big Government and the special interests of the town’s ruling elite. Part history, part fiction, PINEY RIDGE will offer viewers a rare and under-explored slice of American history from the period of 1934 to 1938 in the context of local and world politics when Adolph Hitler was in power and had conquered most of Europe.
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Winner - Best TV Concept, Queen Palm International Film Festival, 2020
Winner - The Script Lab Screenwriting Contest, 2019
Top 1% (of all 12,920 Television One-hour projects) - Coverfly/The Red List
Top 100, Table Read My Screenplay Genre Screenplay Competition, 2021
Second Round, Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab, April 2018 & 2021
Second Round, Launch Pad Pilot Competition, 2021
Second Rounder, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, October 2019
Second Round, MACRO Episodic Lab powered by The Black List, September 2018
Finalist (Top 10), Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition (Historical/Bio Category), 2020
Finalist, SAGIndie Fellowship for Stowe Story Labs, 2019
Finalist, WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Fellowship for Stowe Story Labs, 2019
Finalist, Film Empire Diversity Screenplay Contest, 2018 & 2019
Finalist, FutureFemme Screenwriters Competition, Best TV Drama Pilot, 2018
Finalist, The Breakk Screenwriting Competition, August 2018
"PINEY RIDGE is a devastating parable that crescendos a family's injustice to a full-on tale of personal revenge and redemption. Equipped with a dynamic cast and plotting that excites and pushes all of the emotional buttons, this is a pilot that's worth tracking."
"PINEY RIDGE is a very sturdy execution of a truly compelling premise that — in spite of being set in the 1930s — holds a magnifying glass to many concepts that we're still sociopolitically grappling with today; racism, economic equality, political conspiracies, etc."
"This pilot has a story that unfolds at an unforgettably heart-pumping pace -- and reveals how the series will tackle poignant themes, casting a spotlight on a brave and bold single mother who stands up against the injustice, corruption, and hatred in her time."