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About Jim

From 1-26-2004 to 10-5-2022, I was employed as a machine operator at a local plastics factory...but ever since 1980 (when I was still in college), I've wanted to write movie-and-TV scripts. (In college in 1979, I took a screenwriting class. Loved it!)

Pursued screenwriting with a vengeance from 1980 to 1994...then life happened to me.

I appeared in a 2012 documentary called "The Entertainers," about the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival. Had a ball! (On IMDB, the title number is tt2070844.)

One of the documentary's codirectors, Nick Holle, inherited a Power Mac computer from the husband-and-wife team (Brent and Jackie Watkins) who helped produce "The Entertainers." In 2016, I started batting out scripts again...and it's only because Nick gave me that Power Mac.

Nick, thanks a bunch!



  • Jingle Belles

    Jingle Belles Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy Seeking to usher in the new breed of rock-and-roll hitmakers, a songwriter-manager-record producer and a record-store clerk unite to start their own music-publishing company in 1959 New York City.

  • The Nutcrackers

    The Nutcrackers Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy Pondering life after ballet and ex-dancer Vanessa Carlton's Grammy-nominated success, two star ballerinas in present-day Kansas City, MO seek to become blues musicians at a famous local bar and grill.

  • Kitten on the Keys

    Kitten on the Keys Budget: $10M - $30M | Western Comedy In 1876, the death of her husband on a train trip out West forces a college-educated woman to strike out on her own at the next stop: Dodge City, KS.

  • Tin Mine

    Tin Mine Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy Looking to get their musical careers out of a rut in 1939 New York City, a song plugger and a radio organist become composers.

  • Fine Tooth Comb

    Fine Tooth Comb Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy Family Inspired by a videotape, a teenager in 1994 Davenport, IA forms her own band with the hopes of playing at the local Dixieland jamboree, the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival.

  • Thumpers

    Thumpers Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy Family Seeking to break away from the mainstream, three teenage ragtime musicians in 1984 Sioux Falls, SD strive to establish their band's sound...and work to build an appreciative following.

  • Rapunzel and Lady Godiva

    Rapunzel and Lady Godiva Budget: $10M - $30M | Romance Comedy Determined to strengthen their bond in present-day Chicago, a theater student and her ultrafeminist younger sister become a duo-piano lounge act...that Big Sister's singing ex-boyfriend schemes to horn in on.

  • Pixie Dust

    Pixie Dust Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy Two modern-day University of Minnesota-Twin Cities students start their own sorority in order to reach out to other female UMN-Twin Cities students tired of being marginalized.

  • Small Flyers

    Small Flyers Budget: $30M+ | Drama Comedy In 1946 Albuquerque, two preteen girls decide to take up flying...surprising their father, a World War 2 Army Air Corps pilot struggling to readjust to civilian life, where female aviators still aren't respected.

  • Really Old School

    Really Old School Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy Family Inspired by a piece of 1910s sheet music, a modern-day Omaha, NE teenager wants to honor and emulate the tune's author: Her newly-deceased great-grandmother, a ragtime-era composer-musician-bandleader-arranger.

  • Rivertown Rock!

    Rivertown Rock! Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy Family It's Sunday, February 9, 1964...when the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show inspires a Sioux City, IA teenager to start her own rock group and show that girls can play the music, too.

  • Gayle Strawberry and Her Soda Pop Music Makers

    Gayle Strawberry and Her Soda Pop Music Makers Budget: $30M+ | Comedy Drama It's the summer of 1942, and a Los Angeles teenager starts her own swing band in the hopes of entering it in the first annual National Swing Contest.

  • Andrea

    Andrea Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy Seeking coveted hands-on instructional experience, and to convert prostitutes, a modern-day music-education student at California State University, Long Beach teaches melodies to the hookers working at a Los Angeles massage parlor.

  • Yes, Indeed!

    Yes, Indeed! Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy Tired of being out of showbiz, two child TV stars of the 1970s ride the late-1980s swing revival by forming their own big band in hopes of playing a respected Los Angeles jazz club.

  • Playing for Pride

    Playing for Pride Budget: $10M - $30M | Drama Comedy Inspired by radio's The Hour of Charm and eager to repay a colorful mentor, an elementary school teacher in 1935 Lincoln, NE sets out to establish and conduct a women's symphony orchestra.

  • Pipe Up!

    Pipe Up! Budget: $5M - $10M | Sports Comedy An Arizona Cardinals cheerleader, a frustrated musician following in her late granddad's famous footsteps, seeks to save a landmark restaurant in contemporary Mesa, AZ from becoming the area's new Department of Homeland Security headquarters.

  • Got Any More Bullets, Sister?

    Got Any More Bullets, Sister? Budget: $30M+ | Comedy Crime Two siblings struggling as vendors in 1930 Cleveland seek to better their lives...but while one woman decides to enter music, her sister chooses a life of crime.

  • Cynthia Harmon

    Cynthia Harmon Budget: $10M - $30M | Family Comedy A talented, inventive collegian in search of a vaudeville career in 1924 Detroit squares off against her adopting aunt...a jealous, cutthroat theatrical agent grooming her own three showbiz-minded daughters.

  • Golden Oldies

    Golden Oldies Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy Drama Thanks to a phone call from a fellow former Iowa State University student, a librarian in modern-day Ames, IA looks to put her old rock band back together...and conquer a legendary local venue.

  • Shorthose and Flaxbeard

    Shorthose and Flaxbeard Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy An inept comic magician playing Seattle in 1917 seeks to turn her career around by landing herself a partner...a beloved theater organist-piano teacher who's fascinated with vaudeville.

  • Bleeding Gums

    Bleeding Gums Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy A math teacher at an all-girls' high school in present-day Omaha, NE seeks to fill a void in her school's activities by forming its first jazz band.

  • Intervention!

    Intervention! Budget: $5M - $10M | Drama Comedy Angry over years of racist slights, four neighboring families in present-day San Diego entice the perpetrators into a sensitivity-training weekend...and hope to teach them about the value of unity.

  • Pushing the Envelope

    Pushing the Envelope Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy A psychology major and a film buff put their University of Oklahoma sorority on the line in an effort to determine if "Animal House" antics fly in today's campus climate.

  • Edna's Garage (S1E1)

    Edna's Garage (S1E1) Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy Swamped with more vehicles than time to fix them, the three mechanics at an auto-repair firm in modern-day New Orleans cajole their boss into hiring an extra coworker to lighten the load.


  • The Entertainers

    The Entertainers
    by Wut Wut Alma Productions/Nick Holle and Michael Zimmer Self


  • Second round- Black Boy Writes & Black Girl Writes Mentorship Initiative ("Edna's Garage" pilot)

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