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Read About the Scripts from The Writers Lab 2015

Below are the log lines for the 12 scripts selected for The Writers Lab 2015. If you would like to learn more, contact info for each writer (or her representative) is available. Submissions for The Writers Lab 2016 are now open!

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
by Sarah Bird

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is based on the true story of Cathy/Cathay Williams who rose from slavery to become the first woman to enlist in the peacetime Army and the only to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers. All while hiding her womanhood and her desperate love for her heroic commanding officer. Contact: birdonawired@gmail.com.

The American by Vanessa Carmichael

Dispatched to Nigeria on a business deal, African-American attorney Gail Lindsey must quickly adapt to survive when the country erupts into a brutal civil war. Contact: vanessa@specialfilms.net

Raised Up by Tracy Charlton
A female-driven heist flick, Raised Up is loosely based on an actual New York City jewel thief gang. Natalie Menendez, the brains of the gang, must outwit the cops and a rival gang leader after her volatile brother Joe rips off the wrong person and endangers them all. Gritty and fast-moving, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final plot twist. Contact: tkcharlton@gmail.com.

by Kellen Hertz

A Manhattan book editor in the throes of a mid-life crisis travels to Mexico to uncover whether the reclusive former lover of a famed novelist is in fact in possession of the great man’s priceless lost novel. He gets more than he bargained for when he becomes entangled with the woman and her beautiful but strange nurse. Romantic thriller. Contact: Eddie Gamarra, The Gotham Group: eddie@gotham-group.com

Anchor Baby by Anna Maria Hozian
After witnessing his father murder an immigrant in the desert, a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in the Arizona Border Militia seeks solace in the only place he can find — the arms of an undocumented migrant girl. Contact: annamariahozian@gmail.com.

Saint John the Divine in Iowa by Lyralen Kaye
An Episcopal priest who always goes the extra mile finds that loving unconditionally is easier said than done when her lesbian daughter brings home a girlfriend who pits the Reverend's priestly commitments against her instincts as a mother. Contact: lyralenkaye@gmail.com.

The Glastonbury Cow Party by Jan Kimbrough
The Glastonbury Cow Party is the true story of two of America’s most delightful 19th century heroines; a pair of spinster sisters who fight City Hall in Glastonbury, Connecticut in a battle to save their principles, their money and their beloved pet cows. Contact: jankimbrough@gmail.com.

The Cargo by Billie Jo Mason
An emotionally traumatized pilot and her crew, trapped on a damaged transport and hunted by alien invaders, must survive myriad dangers along the rings of Saturn to deliver a mysterious cargo to the Navy in order to save the human race from extermination. Contact: lapdawg@roadrunner.com.

The Basket Weaver by Peres Owino
Long feared dead, an African woman suddenly shows up at her husband’s home after seven years of captivity among Rebel Soldiers hoping to reclaim her old life. She quickly discovers that coming home means facing more than just the demons that followed her back from the jungle. Contact: Leibo Management, Jason@LeiboMgmt.com

Face Value by Gretchen Somerfeld
Inspired by the true story of how 1940’s Hollywood sex goddess, Hedy Lamarr, created Frequency Hopping — a visionary technology for wireless communication — and became known as “the mother of the cell phone.” Contact: gsomerfeld@gmail.com.

Jaguar Trail by Janet Stilson

In a world ravaged by catastrophic weather, a defiant reporter goes on a dangerous quest to find research that could save life on Earth, facing off against an alluring nemesis who ruined his life years before. Contact: jlstilson470@gmail.com.

Christy's Got Cancer! by Kim Turner
Kate's hypochondriac, pot-loving mother, Christy, is heading back to live with her and her patient husband. After a seemingly innocuous procedure reveals the unexpected, Christy, Kate and their family must deal with the consequences (and each other) with their own unique brand of humor and chaos. Contact: kimberlyaturner@yahoo.com.

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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts