Genre: Historical I Drama
Time Period: 1930s
Page Count: 60 pages
Awards: See Awards
Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Sci-fi I Drama I Thriller
Time Period: Modern
Page Count: Draft in progress
Synopsis: When a grad student is found murdered in her apartment, archaeology professor Lia Winter sets out to help the police find a suspect only to discover that she, like the victim, is on a secret hit list created by the ‘Softwalkers’ – a group of humanoid aliens intent on suppressing certain scientific knowledge that could save humanity from extinction.
"PINEY RIDGE is a thrilling telling of a dark time in American history. With the rise of the alt-right, the story of the Southern Tenants Farmers Union is a timely reminder of how far we've come, and how far we've still got to go. This script is deftly plotted and sets the stakes for the episode and the series, and quickly introduces us to the antagonistic forces and those will fight them. Through Bessie, we see the devastation and determination of people wanting a better life for their children. In Bessie, we meet a woman who is both tender and strong. Her determination to join the men in their fight makes her immediately likeable, just as her grief gets us on her side. We're in a world that's ripe for long-form storytelling. This is an excellently put together pilot."
"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."
"Everything about this (pilot) feels authentic and respectful and grounded in humanity and love. Bessie is a reluctant superhero, and her community is unparalleled in their support of Bessie and each other. These people in rural Virginia in 1934 are dealing with The Depression and the Klan – life and death on every front – and so there is great potential for a long series' worth of material. The characters are complex, the dialogue feels authentic, and the roller coaster of Bessie's life is punctuated with moments of terrifying stillness. And yet, there is still a lightness and an energy throughout. 100% compelling."
"This is a strong pilot about an important period in the nation’s history focusing on the battle for equal rights and the battle against hatred, which coincidentally is still relevant today. The writer wastes no time in jumping into the action, which should help keep viewers riveted to the screen. And, what’s more, we didn’t get bogged down with unnecessary flashbacks to fill in the gaps. The characters here are all well-defined (their individual voices are reflected in their dialogue) and different from one another (reflected in their actions). This is a solid script that could make for an entertaining, and educational, hour of television each week."