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About James

I am a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a produced playwright and screenwriter. My plays have been produced across the US and Europe. My screenplays have earned awards at several film festivals. I teach writing for film and stage at the high school level as well as writing for change leaders in the business world. I grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from the University of Dayton and live in Ohio with my wife and a son with Down syndrome who keeps alive a sense of wonder in the family. I am willing to modify my screenplays to fit budget, talent and location. I hope you enjoy my work.

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  • First Drop of Rain

    First Drop of Rain Budget: $1M - $5M | Historical Drama An insightful woman dreams of being a novelist, however, women’s writing is not taken seriously in 1777, so she must become as strong as the character she wrote to break barriers and publish her novel. Based on a true story.

  • Red Nose, Floppy Shoes

    Red Nose, Floppy Shoes Budget: $0 - $100K | Comedy An OCD father who has alienated his family through his fear of clowns finds a doctor who treats him for Clown syndrome so he may rebuild relationships with wife and daughter before he dies laughing.

  • Kansas City Kid

    Kansas City Kid Budget: $1M - $5M | Western A strapping American young man and a brave British teenage girl, both orphaned and homeless, manage to find each other amid the confusion and brutality of the rowdy West and fall in love.  When the same renegade who murdered his parents strikes again by brutally killing her dear friend, a girl with Down Syndrome, he goes on a journey of revenge.

  • Look Alive

    Look Alive Budget: $0 - $100K | Horror Terror reigns supreme at game night when you discover that you're the one being played.

  • Kansas City Jo

    Kansas City Jo Budget: $0 - $100K | Western A female gunslinger filled with regret for not being there to prevent the rape and murder of her disabled friend pursues her attackers to exact revenge but is always a moment too late, until today.

  • Double Knot

    Double Knot Budget: $0 - $100K | Romance Drama A boy with Down syndrome feels displaced when a sister arrives, but when he learns she has a physical disability, he becomes her big brother and helps her to adapt, even on her wedding day.

  • Claire Annette's Magical Music Box

    Claire Annette's Magical Music Box Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama Family A girl with low self-esteem is gifted a music box that she believes makes her brave, but when the music box is broken, she discovers the music that gives her confidence is within her heart.

  • Watchmaker - Pilot episode: The Rose

    Watchmaker - Pilot episode: The Rose Budget: $100K - $1M | Action Sci-fi Scorned Egyptian princess travels across time to hunt down the Egyptian priest who assaulted her and murdered her groom, but as the priest gains power with each passing lifetime, she must acquire the true knowledge so she can extract revenge before the priest escapes in afterlife.

Awards

  • Best Writing - Character Arc: Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival
    (2019)

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