A CBI profiler pursues a serial killer she believes killed
her mother fifteen years ago, finds another killer and a similar 28 year old murder. After an attempt on her own life, she
is helped by the serial killer (a multiple personality) and by her dead mother, finally discovering a horrible secret in her
past. Nine murders, three killers, two abused children, several police detectives, one shaman, one soul retrieval, two spirits,
and a gun battle.
Hamlet is dead, so time has disintegrated for him. His mind seizes fragments of
his life, re-arranges them, probes for their meaning. Scenes explode, implode, pene- trate one another, collapse onto
each other, in stunning kaleidoscopic patterns of images and action.
A word leads to a scene six months in the future, a line to an event of the previous
night. Characters drift in, drift out, through different layers of time. Time continually folds forwards and backwards onto
itself. Fragments of the past and future intrude into the 'present', tying together what in life had been hidden or unclear
This is a modernized cut text of Hamlet (in standard modern English, yet still
with the sounds and rhythms of Shakespeare and retaining well-known lines), re-structured to begin at the moment of Hamlet's
death. Not only has the sequence of scenes and lines been re-designed, but at times as many as three scenes are intertwined
on stage, resulting in unusual theatrical movement and flow.
The setting is undefined space, with stairs and levels, completely fluid, the actors
dressed in casual contemporary rehearsal clothes.
A very unique approach and structure. Two versions have been written, one for the stage, the other
Screenplay is 126 pages.
LOG LINE: On the farthest edge of sanity, with nightly dreams of terror, violence and
death, a Vietnam veteran makes a thera- pist take him to a cemetery to confront the vet's inner ghosts.
Alan, a Vietnam vet with PTSD, close to suicide and haunted by the voice of his dead
army buddy, finds a therapist, Brian, Afro-American, who lost his son in Nam, and together--in a cemetery--they
bring to light two spirits hiding in Alan, uncovering Alan's long-hidden,dark, agonizing Viet- nam secret, allowing healing
and closure for both Alan and Brian, and peace for the earth-bound spirits.
Script was a quarter-finalist, semi-finalist, or finalist in four screenwriting contests,
including Chesterfield, Texas Film Institute, and Cinestory. Very viable as a one-hour TV film.
Directing / Acting Résumés
LOG LINE: A dead private eye is reluctantly forced to help his alcoholic widow get a
Holly Wood's chaotic marriage to Ralph ended when he was gunned down, leaving Holly broke
and infuriated. Ralph, in spirit, is incensed because--even though dead-- he has to help Holly
get her life together before he can move on. Angel--Ralph's apprentice angel (a former gangbanger)--
is desperate to clear his spiritual record, while Sibyl--Holly's buddy--is frantic to become a film
The fun starts when Ralph goads Holly into tracking down his killers
for a posted reward, which leads the deadly gang of hijackers who murdered Ralph to try to kill Holly
A professional analyst comments: "The premise of Holly Wood is strong--the
idea of a 'soulmate' will resonate with people. Also, the idea of Ralph and Holly, both very hurt and angry with each
other over their failed marriage but still having to work together, is a very strong concept with a lot of inherent conflict
built in. Ralph and Angel are great characters. The dialogue is generally excellent. Market- ability
is strong. This should become a really original, funny movie."
First place, 2001 Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute Competition; quarter-finalist, 2001 Writer's
Comedy/Action, 91 pages.
LOG LINE: In return for a chance to say a final goodbye to her dead young
son, a woman attorney agrees to represent the Devil in a libel suit against a murderer who claims that "The Devil made me
Susan White goes to court to defend the honor of the Devil, "Mr. Black," and in
an odd twist, her estranged husband, Jason, a public defender, is assigned to represent the murderer--with
the Devil, a zany Archangel Michael, a punk-rock airhead Eve, and the murder victim as witnesses, a jaded
caustic judge to try the case.
Mr. Black arrives in a sexy young body and, after Susan wins his suit, becomes
an overnight sensation--appearing on the covers of Time, Newsweek and People, guesting
on all the talk shows, and having a book published (I Didn't Make Them Do It )--so much
so that both major political parties back him for a U.S. Senate run. Of course, Mr. Black double-crosses Susan, so her
only hope of seeing her son again is to run against the Devil as an independent.
After much travail, comedy, burglary, kidnapping, and a final fight with the Devil, Susan is
able to send him back to hell, see her son a final time, and reconcile with her estranged husband, through Eve's discovery
that she isn't an airhead and Michael's machinations.
Comedy/Action, 96 pages.