Thanks so much for stopping by. In addition to my own stories I want to help you tell yours, so I'm seeking all collaborators who have a stake in telling compelling stories grounded in character within the studio system and beyond.
Feature work of late includes the crime thriller TRAFICANTE, in pre-production, which I co-wrote with director
Jose De Avila. BLEEDING HEARTS, a provocative urban drama spec, is slated for production with Canadian-based Dominant Entertainment. I've also written three book adaptations -- THE SPINNING MAN, KILL ME and CIRCLE OF SIX -- for CAA-mentored Worldlight Pictures, as well as the harrowing true story EMIGRANTE for Isickles Media. Currently, I'm working on a suburban-set romantic comedy for producer Patrick Flaherty.
If you're in the market for specs -- loglines of which are available on Stage 32 -- or a writer for hire, you can reach me at: DonaldTLewis@att.net
Look forward to seeing you down the road!
PLAY RESPONSIBLY Budget: $1M - $5M | Film-noir ⋄ Thriller After winning a lottery ticket worth $6.5 million, a small town housewife hides it from her abuser husband, planning to burn it in front of him on the day of its expiration...until she realizes her more empowering path is his murder.
MOTHERLOVE Budget: $5M - $10M | Thriller A needy 12-year-old boy and his mother's boyfriend conspire to create a family, leading to the mother's murder and the boy's fight for his future and redemption.
THE FOLLOWER Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller In leafy suburbia, a preppy teen beauty takes a bullied outcast under her sophomore wing, inadvertently opening a Pandora's box of class revenge.
COME TO ME SOFTLY Budget: $1M - $5M | Film-noir ⋄ Thriller An avenging daughter plots to execute her father when he's released from prison for her mother's murder, but her mother's spirit has more ambitious plans.
YOUNG BLOOD Budget: $10M - $30M | Drama ⋄ Historical Two 11-year old boys -- one white, one black -- fight against their oppression in a Catholic orphanage and run away, only to escape into the oppression of 1968 Chicago.
FULL COURT PRESS Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama ⋄ Sports In a downtown Chicago hotel on the day of the NBA Draft, eight guys take on race, basketball and what it means to be a man, balling on the court of explosive racial politics. (adapted from my stage play, which Daily Variety called "powerful and provocative")
ROADSIDE MAMAS Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy ⋄ Drama Two gals in their golden years -- a conservative businesswoman and a free-spirited eccentric -- meet in Taos, New Mexico, finding love, adventure and purpose on a cantankerous road to Chicago.
NIGHT BUS Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Romance A single mom navigates through the pain of romance and fear of her jazz piano talent, driving a night bus in the big city, when a pain in the ass law student challenges her to reimagine her life.
THE HANDYMAN Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy ⋄ Romance A self-absorbed law firm manager acquires boyfriends for the sole purpose of working on her aging parents' home, only to fall for a pro skateboarder past his prime who can't fix anything -- except her heart.
BRACING WHIFFS Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy ⋄ Romance On the cusp of high school, a boy's first love faces first bust when his nemesis middle school principal begins dating the new high school principal -- his crush's mother.
SWEET MOVE Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy When a college basketball star loses her scholarship to a sorority vendetta, a group of off-campus slackers take her in and fight the power to get her back in school, becoming student movers.
MOVIE HOUSE Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror A deteriorating movie palace learns that developers have plans to convert it into a mall, forcing it to take the only action it can -- deadly defiance.
GOOD GIRL (short) Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller ⋄ Drama A doll searches for answers when her young owner doesn't return, revealing dark, disturbing secrets a doll shouldn't have to know. (adapted from my nationally-produced stage play)
PERENNIALS (short) Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama Paranoia takes root when a white suburban woman repeatedly receives business cards from a Mexican landscaper through her front door mail slot, sending her on a frantic mission to stop the invasion of her home.
CROSSING (short) Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama A businessman helps an elderly woman cross the street, opening his troubled heart to her and changing his life.
BEHIND THE WALL (short) Budget: $0 - $100K | Comedy A nerdy guy confidentially obsesses about the girl on the other side of his apartment wall, till the girl's new beau forces him out of his comfort zone.
BLEEDING HEARTS (slated)
Film by Dominant Entertainment (Drama) Writer A cynical white LAPD officer resolves to protect the unborn child of an abusive black mother, forcing both to confront their very different lives in South Central LA.
Film by Traficante Film LLC (Thriller) Co-writer When an ex-con makes a cartel drug run to pay a debt owed by his dirty cop brother, he learns he's been betrayed and his brother set up, putting him on the road to survival and justice.