The Bitch List 2018

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Here we are: Monday, January 8, 2018 with a list of the entertainment industry’s best liked Bechdel Test passing screenplays. This list comes out in January not just to recap last year’s great reads, but to highlight what stories we collectively want to get made in the coming year.

Love the news of THE NEW BECHDEL TESTS. Proud to say some of the screenplays on #TheBitchList2018 appear to pass these also. The original Bechdel Test is an extremely low bar, but surprisingly most films that get made still do not pass it. It is merely somewhere to start.

Every year, we’re still getting the same sad old stats about there being barely any #WOC directed or starring films. #TimesUp for this, really, truly. Who’s out there making this change happen? @Inclusionists have shown us time and time again that the data says #WOC lead films make box office cash, big time. Girls Trip, anyone?

 

 

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There are some awesome announcements- FYI: This time, esteemed #TheBitchList2017 winner Britta Lundin (now a super duper cool big shot writer on Riverdale) is helping facilitate more industry reads of this year’s scripts- if you’re one of the writers on this list and want to be included- email biatchpack@gmail.com and we’ll forward your script to Britta to compile. If you’re a rep or producer and want to read some of them, also feel free to send a message to this email and we’ll connect things up.

Very proud of The Bitch List alumni and glad to keep in touch with ’em. Many are actively participating in #WRAC18, so if you want, hop on over and join us and The Film Brigade headed by the generous Gary Graham and Michael Hennessy.

It’s required that voters send in their nominations via their official work emails and/or include an IMDB.com link of the nominator’s own work in order to verify identities.  Nominations are accepted from those working at studios, networks, agencies, management companies, and production companies anywhere in the world. Aside from this, alumni of the list are also eligible to vote.

 

As always, many thanks to friends and supporters who have lent a hand, given great coverage to The Bitch List: Scriptd.com, Cinema in Noir, The Trackingboard, Indiewire, Wellywood Woman, Bluestocking Film Fest, Etheria Film Fest, Screamfest, The Bloodlist, The Director List, The Blacklist, April and Margaret of Legendary Women and others…

This has been a tumultuous year when it’s come to toppling the patriarchy. The old guard is changing before our very eyes because of brave people who have come out with their stories of sexual harassment. The industry is changing in big ways and together we will have a #BetterHollywood (hashtag by the wonderful Eleanor Morrison).

 

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO-

The first story listed below won by a landslide of the votes. The rest are in no particular order- to cap out at 15 this year

Repping this time are: UTA, Gersh, Lee Stobby Entertainment, The Cartel, Circle of Confusion, APA, Artillery & others

Very proud that writers originally on previous editions of The Bitch List have gone on to be on The Black List and to get their films made. Last year’s success story is David Kukoff’s An Uncivil War, to be directed by Dee Rees!

None of these stories are repped or endorsed by The Bitch Pack, nor are they read by anyone here. Just here counting votes. Congrats to everyone who made it onto the list- with votes from professionals who believe in your writing:

 

 

THE F*CK TRUCK

Action Comedy Feature

By Lindsay Stidham and Angela Gulner

Gulner is represented by Fictional Entity

Stidham is represented by Lee Stobby Entertainment and Miloknay/Weiner

Status: Available

The F*ck Truck will never be the same after JACKIE JONES gets on board to confront the bitch boning her man. But when both women are mistaken for hijacking the bus, the former-rivals are forced to work together to out-drive the police and save all the beavers on board one jacked up bus. It’s like SPEED meets THELMA AND LOUISE.

 

 

THE MEEK AND THE MILD

Western Dramedy Pilot

By Alexandra E. Hartman

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

When a pregnant bandit and an ex-slave meet a Southern belle with a fiery secret, they form an unlikely band of badass, ovary-slinging Western outlaws.

 

 

PALE HORSE

Pale Horse

Thriller Feature

By Chris Courtney Martin

Representation: Fred James, Manager

Status: Optioned to Snail Wolf Media

When a reclusive author (a Black woman with MS) shelters a man who escaped captivity with her long-missing brother, they’re tormented by the zealot responsible.

 

 

WALLED GARDENS

Drama Feature

By Michael Cooke

Representation: Stephanie Epstein, Manager

Status: Available

Lynn Miller, a Black woman public school teacher, navigates her quarter life crisis being over worked, and underpaid in one of the worse counties in Georgia. Lynn must decide if she will resign at the end of the week and move on to a better teaching district, leaving her students to fend for themselves, or stay and risk her dignity and sanity at the sake of little reward.

 

 

DEARLY DEPARTED

RomCom Feature

By Casey Zilbert

Representation: Daniela Garcia-Brcek, Circle of Confusion & Danny Toth, Gersh

Status: Available

Following the death of her estranged mother, a commitment phobe-cum-romance writer’s world spirals into a comedy of errors when her return home to Seattle stirs up old secrets, new scandals, and an unexpected love affair with a Naval Officer.

 

 

GODLIKE

Fantasy Dramedy Pilot

By Jeannette Manning

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

Godlike is a one-hour TV dramedy about Morrigan, a Celtic war goddess who feels obsolete in modern-day Queens. Forced to earn a living after she abruptly loses her powers, Morrigan gets a job at an MCN alongside Ash McNeil, a descendant of Celtic warriors guided by Morrigan. The goddess hopes to restore her powers by investigating and uncovering other immortals posing as eccentric YouTubers. Instead, Morrigan’s search for nonhumans helps her realize how human she truly is.

 

 

 

UNSUNG

Historical Drama Pilot

By Paola Ferrari & Kayla Westergard-Dobson

Representation: Audrey Knox, Kevin Slack, and Evan Corday at The Cartel

Status: Currently in active development with John Rogers and Jennifer Court at Kung Fu Monkey
Days before Pearl Harbor, the interception of a cryptic Axis communication irrevocably changes the lives of four women as the wartime conflict escalates, weaving together their paths in unexpected ways.

 

 

GARGOYLE HIGH

Supernatural Action/Adventure Pilot

By Lauren Conoscenti

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

Orientation week at an all-girls high school turns to chaos when a new student accidentally releases ancient creatures on campus


 

BAKED

Comedy Pilot

By Nancy Duff

Story by: Nancy Duff & Woody Schultz

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

A recent widow and a society matron, brought together by a secret from their past, realize that in order to survive their golden years, they’ll need to work together and bring a failing marijuana bakery to new heights. BAKED puts a different spin on the current pilots about the “pot culture,” and features story lines about: adultery, adoptions, multi-ethnic families, death, LGBTQ stories, class issues and of course… baked goods.

 

 

WILLOW POINT

Dramedy Pilot

Written by: Jay H. Thames

Representation: Ryan Saul, APA & Darren Trattner, Jackoway Tyerman

Status: Available

The dream team: A mob hitman and his brilliant mother get more than they bargained for when they’re dropped into a picture perfect suburb – new members of the Witness Protection Program – surrounded by a very diverse group of off-kilter neighbors, all of them also in the Witness Protection Program.

 

 

KOLLEGIUM

Sci-Fi Drama Pilot

By Thomas Dolan-Gavitt

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

At an exclusive school for genetically-engineered teens, an attack by a radical techno-terrorist faction prompts a shy, outcast girl to dig into the institution’s dark secrets.

 

 

A GIRL AND A GUN

Action Feature

By Nate Myers

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

An assassin has two hours to kill her neighbor in order to save her own life — but she first has to find her favorite gun.

 

 

#1 FAN

Comedy Pilot

By Annabel Seymour

Representation: Tom Carter, Artillery Creative

Status: Available

Twenty years after embarrassing herself by proposing to her pop star crush on live TV, a businesswoman’s life is thrown for a loop when the bankrupt singer shows up on her doorstep. 30 ROCK meets POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

 

 

LIMERICK

Drama Pilot

By Lorelei Ignas

Representation: United Talent Agency: Amanda Burnett, Lily Safran, Matt Baldovsky

Garrett Greer, Manager

Status: Available

A Park Avenue OB/GYN whose alcoholism nearly destroyed her career must struggle to stay sober, employed, and sane in the red suburbs of Pennsylvania after accepting a controversial job at one of the few remaining women’s health clinics in the country that performs abortions after 22 weeks.

 

 

OUR FUTURE IS FEMALE

Drama Pilot

By Carolyn Johnson

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

Two women programmers develop an “empathy-based” gaming tech – which forces misogynistic players to experience life as the women they victimize.

 

 

 

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The Bitch List 2016

This is why #RepresentationMatters. It’s 2016 and Asian/Asian-American women are thought of as “hookers at Golden Globes parties” by a “Hollywood script consultant” when someone brings up lack of representation.

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TOGETHER, we can overcome degrading comments and actions- because “stereotypes put women in real danger”.

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Let’s do this. Now, for The Bitch List:

Stories we hope will get optioned/bought/made in the coming year and the future- the most liked so far un-produced screenplays read by industry professionals in 2015 that feature two named women/girls/transwomen talking about something other than a man– It’s just as simple as that.

Yup, we know stories that don’t pass the Bechdel Test (Bechdel-Wallace) also help women’s representation, but we just believe having more women’s dialogue about their varied interests shows them as even more human.

Some have told me I shouldn’t call this “The Bitch List”, but I wanted to stay in keeping with the alliteration of people we know at The Blood List, The Black List, and keep rhyming with The Hit List! Lycisca List has a nice ring to it. We can all say it 5x fast for fun. Lycisca is “she-wolf” in Italian. I learned this on The History Channel. It’s neat and now we’ve all learned something, but I think we’ll stick to THE BITCH LIST because “bitches get stuff done”.

Very fortunate to have “A-squared” Tracking Board to help facilitate votes this year. Shhh- because A2 exists in secret.

Thuc Doan Nguyen-Brophy
Thuc in Indiewire for The Haymarket Affair
Thuc in Indiewire’s “Heroines of Cinema”

 

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#TheBitchList2016 #ScriptsForChange

Fun facts about this year’s list:

12/21 writers on this list are women, 9/21 are men

Multiple stories are about People of Color at the center

Multiple stories are about social issues

Multiple stories take place in Texas

Two are animated

Major agencies represented this year with a story (CAA, WME, ICM, APA), except for UTA

***Thanks to the writers for pouring their hearts & souls out into their stories. Thanks to the voters for bringing these stories to our attention.

Very proud of the nominees & nominators. Change takes a while & A-squared members are rising through the ranks, representing the enlightened thoughtful Hollywood New Guard where liberal hypocrisy will be a thing of the past. Grateful for them and others for reading and the promoting the scripts below.

Together we are breaking down antiquated Hollywood myths. The numbers have shown it time and time again and we have the new stories that will continue to prove this.

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Britta’s screenplay won this year’s list with the most votes:

 

SHIP IT

Writer: Britta Lundin

Genre: Comedy Feature

Logline: A teenage fanfiction writer butts heads on the fan convention circuit with the lead actor in her favorite TV show when she plots to ensure that his character falls in love with his male costar to create the first gay action hero romance on TV.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

STRATOSPHERE

Writer: Debbie Moon

Genre: Sci-fi Action Feature

Logline: Five years after military drones turned on humanity, a teenage girl with a particular skill trains a ragtag resistance to fight back – hundred of miles above the Earth’s surface…

Representation: Rochelle Stevens at Rochelle Stevens & Co. (London)

Status: Available

 

TEXAS CITY – The Darkest Day

Writer: Jay Thames

Genre: True Story/Disaster Feature

Logline: A true story. On April 16th, 1947, a nuclear sized explosion destroyed Texas City, TX. This is the real story of diverse everyday people, (including the writer’s grandfather), who became unsuspecting heroes on that fateful day. The event remains the largest man-made disaster in U.S. history.

Representation: Ryan Saul, APA

Status: TBD

 

DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN

Writer: Sarah Bird

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: Cathay “Cathy” Williams becomes “William Cathay” to enlist in the Civil War, the first Black woman and only woman Buffalo Soldier in the history of the United States.

Representation: Kristine Dahl, ICM

Status: In development with Pantheon of Women

 

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SEIZE THE BODY

Writer: James M. Johnston and Todd Connelley

Genre: Crime Thriller Feature

Logline: When their son is murdered in the criminal underground of Texas, the grieving mother and estranged father reunite in a desperate search for justice.

Representation: Craig Kestel, WME

Status: In development with Parts and Labor / Sailor Bear

 

BRONCO BELLE

Writer/Director: Khurram Longi

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: A “Rocky on a bull” film: A woman battles prejudice to become a champion bull-rider.

Representation: John Garvey & Alex Medbed, CAA

Status: Emily Blunt attached

 

THE CLAN

Writers: Jeannette Manning and Joseph Yuan

Genre: Crime thriller- One Hour Drama

Logline: Tensions between a crime boss and her children complicate the operations of Tian Xia, a powerful San Francisco crime family. Inspired by writer’s personal experience.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

CHOKE COUNTY

Writer: Nate Orr

Logline: The story is about the death of small town and the violent growing pains of its rebirth into a fracking boomtown. It’s a contemporary “Deadwood” with a corrupt female sheriff at the center of it.

Representation: Allard Cantor & Jarrod Murray, Epicenter Management

Status: Jonathan Krauss attached to produce

 

PURE VERITIES

Writer: Carolyn Johnson

Genre: Horror/Mystery Feature

Logline: When an ambitious student journalist gets caught in endlessly repeating hallways, she discovers that the phenomenon is linked to an insidious set of experiments by a secret society. Think ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN as a supernatural mystery thriller.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

WARREN

Writer: Francesca Butler

Genre: Drama

Logline: Warren (a modern-day adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession) is a New Orleans-set hour-long drama. It follows District Attorney Investigator Vivian Warren as she tackles the case of a lifetime: the arrest of New Orleans’ most infamous society madam – who turns out to be none other than Vivian’s mother, Katharine.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

HORSEWOMEN

Writers: Kelly D’Angelo & Nick Watson

Genre: Half Hour Comedy/ Animation

Logline: The Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse try to end the world, only to find the world refuses to be ended by women.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

MUTANT TACO

Writer: Suzy Mae

Genre: Half Hour Comedy/ Animation

Logline: A crew of less-than-motivated mutant fast food workers get whipped into shape by an over-achieving manager.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

SALTWATER

Writer: Lydia Mulvey

Genre: Sci-fi Feature

Logline: With the world suffering catastrophic drought, a reclusive widow must help her estranged brother get his baby back from the Desiccants, a fearsome militia led by formidable twins who have found a way to extract pure water from the human body.

Representation: Michael Woodlief at MSW Media (Los Angeles)

Status: Available

 

TWO ROADS

Writers: Miranda Sajdak and Vanessa King

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: When the “perfect” All-American family witnesses a gangland murder, they must go into witness protection, where cracks in their family’s impeccable surface start to show.

Representation: Vanessa is repped by Pebble Entertainment

Status: Available

 

FURIOUS ANGELS

Writer: Nate Ruegger

Genre: Action Thriller

Logline: A reclusive hit-woman searches for her sister’s killer only to find herself blackmailed by a powerful criminal empire. Now the only person who can help her is a smart-mouthed teen runaway — who’s just like her sister. Imagine a female-driven JOHN WICK with the buddy rivalry of LETHAL WEAPON.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

ESSENTIAL

Writer: Simon Underwood

Genre: Sci-fi Thriller Feature

Logline: A resources-strapped America uses a public app to decide people’s worth – rate too low and you’re disposed of. A clerk for the app company suddenly finds herself on the kill list, and on the run.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

THE CIVIL WAR

Writer: David Kukoff

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: Based on the true story of the battle between Gloria Steinem and Phyllis Schlafly over the Equal Rights Amendment

Representation: n/a 

9/2016 update: signed by Varun Monga, ESA

Status: Available-

9/2016 update: Not anymore–>

Picked up by Glen Basner’s Film Nation, per Variety article

 

REACH OUT, GRAB HOLD, AND SCREAM

Writer: Shelley Gustavson

Genre-Supernatural Drama Feature

Logline: Following a school shooting, a reclusive teacher fights to protect another young man from destruction when an unearthly neighbor causes the women of her small town go mad with grief and rage.

Representation: n/a

Status: Available

 

 

Starting 2016, we’ve partnered with Scriptd to make some of The Bitch List screenplays readable on a curated page by the end of January- more on that soon

Writers, you may add yourself to this by contacting denise@scriptd.com

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The Bitch List 2015

Go here for THE BITCH PACK What do we want? More women-centric films. When do we want them? Now. In order to get them, first we need screenplays, so… The Bitch List

Drum roll please

By popular demand, this time #TheBitchList2015 includes teleplays too.

Thank you so much to A-Squared Tracking Board and The Busby for facilitating votes this year.  Guys named Steve out-number everyone on the list this year. WEST got the most votes. Everyone else in no particular order.

 

WEST

Writer: Kit Steinkellner

Genre: Western/Sci-fi/Adventure, One Hour Drama

Logline: X-Men in the Old West

Representation: Katie Cates, International Creative Management; Josh Adler, Circle of Confusion Management

Status: Available

 

SITUATION COMEDY

Writer: Cat Vasko

Genre: Comedy Feature

Logline: A woman feeling lost in life stumbles upon a mysterious dimension where she is a major character in a universe based on a sitcom.

Representation: William Morris Endeavor

Status: Available

 

 

PLUS-ONE

Writer: April Prosser

Genre: Comedy Feature

Logline: When all her friends get married, Rachel realizes her only friend is wing-woman Summer, a brash party animal.

Representation: Blair Kohan, Carolyn Sivitz, William Morris Endeavor

Status: Bought by Weinstein Films

 

 

MILLIE TO THE MOON

Writer: Lynn Hamilton

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: A young woman tries to find her place in a world that isn’t exactly banging down her door demanding she lend her voice.

Writer’s Representation: N/A

Status: Director Jen McGowan (Kelly & Cal starring Juliette Lewis) attached

 

 

FORSAKEN

Writer: Isaac Adamson

Genre: Historical Drama Feature

Logline: Real life horror story of the women trapped on an island during the 1915 Mexican Revolution who struggle to survive from hunger and a monstrous lightkeeper’s reign of terror.

Representation: Lee Stobby Entertainment

Status: Available

 

 

JANE

Writer: Robert Dillon

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: A woman raised by serial killers lives a secret life as a dark web assassin.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

BLOOD MOON

Writer: Monique Mata

Genre: Psychological Thriller Feature

Logline: While investigating a series of gruesome murders, a lonely coroner falls for an enigmatic stranger who may be connected to the crimes.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

BEA

Writers: Dreux Moreland & Steve Hayes-Pollard

Genre: Historical Comedy, Period Piece Feature

Logline: 19th century tale of madness where the cunning Beatrice colludes with her brutal manservant in order to overcome her filial duties and follow her darker desires – even at the cost of her family, friends and mental fortitude.

Representation: Dreux is now with CAA & Anonymous Content after being on this list

Status: Available

 

 

THE BANG BANG GIRLS

Writer: Lauren Schacher

Genre: Dramedy Feature

Logline: Regan Boyer has done the last thing she ever thought she would: she’s moved back to the town that exiled her. When word gets out that “Easy Rei” is teaching teen girls about female sexuality, the town spares no one in their slut-shaming backlash. As the rumors that plagued her adolescence return with a vengeance, Rei struggles with bringing the others down with her in her attempt to finally rise above the ashes.

Representative: N/A

Status: Seeking director, funding

 

 

ZOEY RAMONE

Writer: Steve Boltz

Logline: A punk-rock girl with a brain tumor that causes her to hallucinate the late Joey Ramone travels cross-country to reconnect with her estranged mother and step-father.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: THE STORY OF THE MERCURY 13

Writers: Maria Burton, Gabrielle Burton, Ursula Burton & Jennifer Burton

Genre: Drama Feature

Logline: The true-life story that follows the “Mercury 13,” a group of 13 women who successfully passed NASA’s intense Project Mercury astronaut training in 1959 – but were denied the right to fly.

Representation: Linda Lichter at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman

Status: Available

 

 

WOMEN COME TO JUDGMENT

Writer: Nate Bynum

Genre: Historical Drama Feature

Logline: About a young girl’s rape and the consequences as the town and jury debates her moral character

Representation: Mitchell K. Stubbs, Powerline Management

Status: Available

 

 

SAVAGE

Writer: Stephanie Bousley

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: In a neighborhood where crime seems to be the only way to a better life, a bi-racial teenage girl from South Central Los Angles tries to save her dying mother and overcome the setbacks of her upbringing by becoming a paparazzi photographer.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

RECONCILING JIMMY

Writer: Valerie Peterson

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: After her uncle’s death, an accountant is tasked with being the executor on his estate, only to unravel secrets the town would prefer remain hidden.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

PRIORY SON

Writers: Victor Marranca and Vanessa King

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: A female ATF agent is recruited into a murderous religious sect, dedicated to bring vengeance upon the world’s worst sinners.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

DARK EYES

Writer: John Casu

Genre: One Hour Drama

Logline: Asked to help the FBI investigate a series of macabre murders, an AFOSI Special Agent must keep her involvement in the homicides secret as struggles to complete her true mission.

Representation: N/A

Status: Available

 

 

As always, keep the movement going- tweet your logline for your Bechdel Test passing or female-centric screenplays/teleplays with #BitchPitches so we can learn about it on Twitter

The Bitch List and The Bitch Pack were started by Thuc Doan Nguyen. Thuc is a practicing writer. Thuc enjoys being kicked in the butt by Lexi Alexander to write more Women of Color, which has resulted in a comedy pilot called YELLOW FEVER aka BANANAS.

Thuc also keeps busy writing for QueenMobs, an off-shoot of Berfrois UK. She’s written a web series called DOWNTOWN for 77 Films (LA), who produced I DREAM TOO MUCH with Richard Linklater. She’s working on a short with Bodhi Films (LA & Paris) called TINDER-ITIS. Thuc is grateful to be part of her women’s film mafias in LA and in Europe, and for outstanding allies of all genders.

This list is dedicated to the memory of Richard Alexander Friedman.