UNTITLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE PROJECT (in progress) - fantastical drama. In 1944 France, tasked with hiding Jews from German soldiers, 14 year-old Alex turns to a man from his family’s tall tales, Mgrdich Yotnegparian, a 1915 Armenian resistance fighter who famously staved off the Ottoman Empire for 16 days. But as the German soldiers close in on his family and the Jews, the past seems more like fantasy and Alex questions whether he’s a hero or just a young boy.
AND INTO PLOUGHSHARES - social justice drama. Inspired by the real story of a man on death row and our actual interactions. Melanie Lafferty, a deadened social worker, fights to get her former child client off death row, but fails to realize that she cannot save him. Ripped from the headlines, deals with racism, illegal immigration, and inequality, breaking down the white savior myth.
POKER FACE - darkly comedic feature in the vein of Albert Brooks' MOTHER meets LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Leeba is a closed-off, female poker player who is forced to live with and take the dating advice of her meddling, ill, just-as-closed-off-as-Leeba, 84-year-old grandmother on the grounds that her grandmother move into assisted living. But before Leeba can date, she has to learn to drop her poker face.
BINTEL BRIEF - magical realism feature. Based on Liana Finck's graphic novel with the same name, it's the story of a depressed female cartoonist and her discovery of and obsession with a magical man from 1905 who is able to interweave her world with stories of 1905-era Jewish immigrants.
CARLA MARGO - 1 hour, THE WONDER YEARS meets TRUMBO. Based on Communist American history. Twelve-year-old Carla Margo just wants to be "normal," date the coolest guy in school, and hang out with her flamboyantly fabulous best friend. Instead, she must fight to assimilate and defend her family's Communist values in 1950's Red Scare America.
GREENHORN - ½ hour, in the vein of TRANSPARENT. A laugh then cry, ‘50s-era dramedy that follows spit-fire Polish Jewish refugee Donna Green as she chases the American Dream with her troubled but loving Holocaust Survivor husband.
KISMET - 14 pages. Three strangers stuck in a single car ride together have much in common, but their desire to save face keeps their shameful secrets hidden.
HOW TO HAVE A FIGHT - 6 pages. A fight about a moldy pot in the sink devolves into nonsensical madness.
VEEP - Selina's casual racism in small-town MO costs her the opportunity for a senate revote, definitively losing her the presidency.
MASTERS OF SEX - When a Vietnam veteran comes into the office wanting a prosthetic penis to help him have sex with his wife, Johnson is eager to take the practice into this new venture, but Masters fears the prosthetic will sully their reputation and refuses to help. Johnson ends up unintentionally teaching her daughter about sex toys, getting her in trouble at school. Masters decides to save the practice on his own by turning to Betty Friedan for funding - but the famed feminist is not impressed with his efforts.
GROW A PAIR OF... WINGS - Guided by the whimsical ghost of her Holocaust Survivor grandfather, imperfect perfectionist Sarah Klein discovers that in order to soar through her mid-twenties, she must first face her fears, embrace her roots, and of course... grow a pair of wings.
OLD FASHIONED BROTHEL - A dysfunctional legal brothel in the middle of tumbleweed Nevada must band together against the greatest evil of all - their mothers.