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About Susan

A screenplay that I've written, TO BE FREE, has been optioned. That option ended October 2, and now I am submitting a wholly revised script, titled UNDAUNTED, to major production companies. I am presently co-producing with Daniel Blake Smith. We seek a Senior Producer, and funding. The screenplay is based on the true story of educated mulatto slave, Harriet Jacobs, who struggles against a so-called master who wants her body and soul, until finally she hides in a crawl space, inside one of the walls of her grandmother's home; manages to survive there seven years while she devises ingenious ways to make her pursuer think that she's escaped to the North. An action/thriller, this film captures the great risks Harriet's aunt and grandmother take to get her free.

I have written another screenplay, FRANCOIS VILLON, THE PEOPLE'S POET, based on the life of the actual medieval French poet. This screenplay has already garnered a lot of interest by a leading independent French producer. I am writing another screenplay, a sci-fi about a space community in danger from a war-mongering earthling. I'm also writing a Memoir, because of various extraordinary events in my life, which includes extraordinary noted people, including Frank Langella, Glenn Close, Stephen Lang, Austin Pendleton, Elizabeth McGovern, Frances McDormand, with whom I've worked in a company I founded, Source Productions, that presents production-level readings of plays by the 'source' writers: Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and August Strindberg.

I've written plays that have been produced In Los Angeles, New York City, and Stockholm, Sweden. One was published in a leading Russian entertainment periodical. I've founded and artistic directed at theaters in New York City and Stockholm.

Unique traits: I write historical screenplays, and sci-fi. I'm writing a Memoir because of the extraordinary people, great actors in particular, with whom I had the pleasure of directing in my company, Source Productions, New York.

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  • Undaunted

    Undaunted Budget: $1M - $5M | Historical The remarkable true story of Harriet Jacobs whose dramatic escape from slavery-after spending years in her grandmother's crawl space hiding from her sexually abusive master--prompted her to write a memoir (Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl) of her struggles, sexual assault, and fierce desire for freedom that remains the most-read woman's slave narrative of all time. 12 Years A Slave meets #MeToo. 

Awards

  • Grand Prize Winner, Black Screenplays Matter, Screenwriting Competition 2018

  • 1997 play version, TO TAKE ARMS, finalist in Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for plays by women

  • 2017 Spirit of Moondance Award, Best Feature Screenplay TO BE FREE

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